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"Lets Eat, Randolph!" Seed Library
The goal of the Turner Free Library's "Let's Eat, Randolph" Seed Library is to provide free and convenient opportunities for the Randolph community to learn about gardening and growing their own food. The Seed Library is available during the beginning of the typical Massachusetts growing season, from March 1st through May 31st.
The Seed Library was made possible in part through federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
What is a Seed Library?
A seed library is a seed distribution resource for community members who are interested in growing plants from seeds. The "Lets Eat, Randolph!" Seed Library provides community members with free seeds for plants that grow food.
Who can use the Seed Library?
Anyone can use the Seed Library! We welcome community members of all ages and skill levels. There is no cost to take seeds, but we ask that each household limit themselves to four seed packets per growing season. We appreciate everyone's understanding that this is a shared community service
How does the Seed Library work?
Community members are welcome to visit the Seed Library on the Main Floor during Turner Free Library's operating hours. Community members are welcome to choose up to four packets of seeds from the available selection at no cost. Supplies are limited and on a first come, first served basis.
When should seeds be planted?
There isn't a one-size-fits-all answer to this question, but a good place to start is the Farmer's Almanac 2023 Planting Guide for Randolph. This guide contains information about the best time to plant seeds, when to plant seeds directly in the ground, and when to transplant seedlings.
Are there food gardening resources in multiple languages?
ECHOcommunity provides food growing resources in multiple languages. We have compiled a list of growing guides that are available in Kreyòl Ayisyen/Haitian Creole, Tiếng Việt/Vietnamese, Español/Spanish, and English:
Zèb ak flè yo/ Thảo mộc và hoa / Hierbas Aromáticas y Flores / Herbs and Flowers
Legim Fèy/ Các loại rau sống / Verduras de hoja / Leafy Vegetables
Tout Kalite Joumou/ Bí đao, Bầu và Bí ngô / Distintos tipos de calabazas / Squash, Gourds, and Pumpkins
Sereyal ak Pòmdetè / Cây ăn củ / Raíces y tubérculos / Roots and Tubers
The City of Seattle has a basic gardening guide on urban gardening available in multiple languages:
While this guide is tailored to the climate in Western Washington, it contains valuable information on gardening that can be used by gardeners on the South Shore.
Does Turner Free Library accept seed donations?
Unfortunately, we are not able to accept donations of seeds at this time but we hope to be able to do so in the future!
2023 Seed Collection
While supplies last