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 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 40,000 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 have continued this mission of providing seeds by creating the Free Seed Library Program!
Free Seed Libraries are placed in publicly accessible places including residential front yards, along the sidewalk, libraries, community centers, schools and business fronts.

We have set up 11 Free Seed Libraries. They can be found on our map via fallingfruit.org here:

Want to start a Free Seed Library in your community?

Here is a template and instructions for building a Free Seed Library.

Our Dear Friends at Napa County Seed Library are a great example to follow.

Seed Libraries is a great website with resources how to start a seed library in your own community

How to Launch Your Own Seed Lending Library – Shareable.net

Simple Steps to Starting a Seed Library – Public Libraries Online

In the past, we have provided grants, seed and pre-made seed libraries to assist people in starting Free Seed Libraries in their communities, but our grant program is currently on pause.

If you start a Free Seed Library, please let us know by email so that we can add it to the community map!

Free Seed Library has been made possible through the support of the Live Like Ally Foundation.

A free seed library.