La Crosse Public Library starts seed library to share gardening with community

Most of the seeds from Seed Savers Exchange

A library of a different kind is now open in La Crosse, offering community members the chance to borrow and grow seeds.

The seed library opened Monday on the second floor of the Main branch of La Crosse’s Public Library. The library is partnering with the Hillview Urban Agriculture Center to teach community members about gardening and seed saving.

Each seed packet comes with instructions on how to plant and grow the seeds, and how to gather, dry, and save new seeds to return to the library, but library coordinators say it is not about returning seeds.

“The purpose of this is to offer it to people to enjoy gardening, to try gardening, to learn gardening, and it’s never been about whether every seed is returned,” said La Crosse Public Library Seed Library Coordinator Kelly Becker.

Most of the seeds offered at the library come from Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa.