SeedSavers-KC is organized to create and support a community of people dedicated to helping grow fresh vegetables by providing seed and educational resources. We realize the importance of seed saving in maintaining biodiversity, creating a safe food supply, and growing a community of sustainable gardeners.
Our first Seed Library, the first is Kansas City, currently has more than 200 varieties and will be regularly stocked with more.
Where is the Seed Library?
The Missouri Department of Conservation’s Anita B Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, Missouri
When can I check out seeds?
Monday through Friday – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, and during the same hours on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month.
How do I check out seeds?
Seed Library patrons can “check out” up to 15 packages of seeds each year with their membership. In turn, we ask that you learn how to properly save seeds by attending one of our free classes, by reading recommended literature we list on line, or by watching free online webinars. In time, using your seed-saving skills, we ask that patrons return seeds to the Seed Library to replenish the supply for others to “check out.”
Is there a fee?
An optional donation is asked to join the Seed Library as a lifetime member. A donation as small as $1.00 is greatly appreciated & goes to help cover the costs of operating the seed library and proving education and public outreach.
What kind of seeds are in the Seed Library?
The available seeds are non-GMO vegetables, annuals, perennials, natives, shrubs and trees. Native plants are very well adapted to our conditions and weather extremes better than exotics. We recommend their use for their durability, beneficial insect attraction and increasing the diversity of food sources for wildlife in your gardens.
Is there a list of the seed varieties available?
We have created an online database of the seed varieties that we have (and have had) in the seed library. It lists the availability of seeds using the following scale: Unavailable - No seeds of this variety; Dire - 1-2 packets of seeds; Limited - 3-4 packets; Adequate - 5-6 packets; Surplus - 7 or more packets.
To access the database use the following links:
If you see errors in the database, or would like to volunteer to help maintain the database please email Jim Hinds.