Free Seed Library
Millions of us have woken up to learn that the global, industrial food system is broken and does not serve our society in an equitable, just or sustainable manner. The time is now to rise up, take the power back from Big Agriculture, and grow our own food for our communities. The power to change society lies in the seeds!
A Free Seed Library can serve as a hub in the community for people to freely get the seeds they need to grow their own food, share the food they grow with their community and be a part of the shift towards a more sustainable, equitable and just society.
Since 2018 we have sent Free Seed Packs to over 30,000 people through our Free Seed Project. These packs provide a variety of hearty veggies, tasty herbs and healing greens to nourish the body and mind. Plus a mix of beautiful and fragrant flowers for our bee, butterfly and pollinator friends (and our enjoyment too)! We prioritize providing seeds to people who would not otherwise have access to quality seeds, people who grow food to share it with others who have low access to healthy home-grown food and first-time gardeners.
We want to continue our mission of providing seeds to all those who need them by putting up Free Seed Libraries everywhere that we can to be of service. Our goal is to establish a total of 100 Free Seed Libraries in all 50 US states in 2022. We place Free Seed Libraries in publicly accessible places including in residential front yards along the sidewalk, business fronts, libraries, community centers and schools. So far we have set up 11 Free Seed Libraries. They can be found on our map via fallingfruit.org here:
We provide the template/instructions, seeds and grants to assist people in starting Free Seed Libraries in their communities.
Dreaming of having a Free Seed Library in your community? Apply here.
Or have the means and the funds and want to go ahead and start one? Email us for support and to register your Free Seed Library on the map! Here is a template and instructions for building a Free Seed Library.
Want to sponsor a Free Seed Library? Make a donation to our fundraiser here and select the “Sponsor a Free Seed Library” option. A donation of $150 sponsors a Free Seed Library and will provide seeds to hundreds of people! The cost of a Free Seed Library ranges from about $100-$150. This includes all materials to build the library, a year supply of seeds, seed bags and shipping.