Seed Lending Library

The San Francisco Seed Library hosts multiple seed library branches to facilitate the sharing and donation of seeds to help create a resilient local food and agriculture community in San Francisco. Participants may borrow seeds, grow edible and ornamental plants at their leisure, and then return harvested seeds to the library. Donations of seeds suitable to San Francisco’s microclimates are also welcome. A seed catalog, a planting calendar for San Francisco’s microclimates, and other research and information sharing resources are available.

Currently, two seed library branches are open: one at the Potrero Hill Public Library and another at Hayes Valley Farm – more details are available here.

The San Francisco Seed Library is a project of Transition SF in collaboration with SF Public Library Green Stacks Program and the San Francisco Permaculture Guild. Please visit the San Francisco Seed Library webpage for further information.


Photo: X. Fonseca/CIMMYT

Additional Information for Seed Lending Library

San Francisco Permaculture Guild
Bringing together professionals, educators, designers, consultants, and activists around the common thread of Permaculture for a village renaissance in the urban pulse of the city of San Francisco.
SF Public Library Green Stacks Program
The Library strives to give users the inspiration and information for living a greener life, including enlightening public events, reading lists and resources for sustainability, and real-world examples from practices in our own eco-friendly libraries.
Transition SF
We are a positive and supporting group of San Francisco community members who are thinking about how to move San Francisco community forward to implementing ideas and policies, which will enable the city to deal with Climate Change and depleting energy while developing more resilient San Francisco neighborhoods and Bay Area region.
San Francisco Seed Library
The seed Library is a project of TransitionSF to help create a more resilient San Francisco. We would like to research and harvest seeds that do well in our micro climates.