Did you plant a garden last spring? Throughout the COVID-19 crisis many people decided to grow their own food for the first time. Others have been growing their own vegetables for years. Whether you're a novice gardener or a seasoned one, you may be interested in making seed saving part of your gardening routine. Seed saving is a way to keep the food supply in the hands of the people rather than large companies and it's also a way to help you save money. Oakland Public Library has books to get you started.
The seed garden : the art and practice of seed saving / edited by Lee Buttala & Shanyn Siegel ; written by Micaela Colley & Jared Zystro
Seedswap : the gardener's guide to saving and swapping seeds / Josie Jeffery
The complete guide to saving seeds : 322 vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruits, trees, and shrubs / Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough
There are many local resources available online to help you get started saving seeds.
Richmond Grows is presenting the following free seed saving webinar.
Seed Saving in a Time of Crisis
Monday September 14th from 6:00-8:00 PM.
Seed Savers also has a well organized website with seed saving tips and instructions.
A limited supply of seeds is available at the Dimond Branch and the Chavez Branch Seed libraries. If interested, stop by the Chavez or Dimond Branch during sidewalk pick-up hours to request seeds.
Seeds Available at Chavez Branch
Broad Fava Bean
Country Gentleman Corn
Gold Rush Bush Bean
Golden Bantam Corn
Grex Dry Bean
Seeds Available at Dimond Branch
Finally, if you'd like to learn more about gardening and local gardening projects check out OPL's Gardening Playlist. Our most recent video features Farm Educator Marisa Johnson and Farm Manager Aaron de la Cerda of Acta Non Verba Youth Urban Farm Project in East Oakland in conversation with OPL librarian Jenny Rockwell.