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Portland Grows @ PPL

Portland Public Library cardholders in good standing are able to choose up to four (4) packets of seeds per month. The varieties will rotate depending on what is available and received from our partners, but will include beginner seeds that make it super easy to save seeds from: tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peas, and peppers.

Phase I: Summer 2016, Portland Grows @ PPL will begin offering packets of seeds to card holders. Borrowers will receive a flyer of information on how to grow and save seeds, and we’ll offer workshops on gardening, growing tips, seed saving, and more. If you’re interested in contributing to the longevity and self-sustaining cycle of the program, learn how to save your seeds to return to the program in Phase II. Seeds are available in the Reference area on the lower level of the Main Branch for patrons to check out.

To learn more about saving seeds, look for workshops throughout the year here and with our program partners.

You can also look at some of the very helpful videos from Richmond Grows here, and from the Seed Libraries network.

Coming in 2017

Phase II: Spring 2017, Portland Grows @ PPL will make seed label return slips available, and borrowers can contribute their next generation seeds to the library for others to grow.  Patrons can also self-identify for admittance to the “Portland Master Growers”. To achieve this status, seeds that have been returned will be passed to partner organizations to verify the seeds are wholesome and hearty. Once they grow with success, Master Growers will be permitted to borrow rare and heirloom variety seeds in Phase III.

Phase III: In Fall 2017, Portland Grows @ PPL will have a process for loaning seeds to new growers, accepting seeds back from all levels of growers, and a way to verify a grower’s experience with seeds. With enough interest from the community, Portland Grows @ PPL will have a full cycle of seed lending available to the community. There will be an array of drawers from beginner to advanced seeds, and we hope to offer a wide variety of plants for people to learn how to grow.