Seed Library

Developed by a coalition of local organizations

Seed Library Update!

Mark your calendars for the 2024 Gardening Season Launch Party at the Central Library, Saturday, March 2, 2024 from noon to 3:00 pm.  
For more details and updates about this event, see the library’s online calendar. 


Watch for related educational programs offered year round! 

What is the Brown County Seed Library?

The Brown County Seed Library is a curated collection of seeds – primarily edible plants – that are suited for success in our Northeastern Wisconsin growing region. These seeds are available free of charge to anyone interested in planting vegetables, fruits and pollinator-friendly plants. We welcome you to check out our selection anytime the Central Library is open.

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Brown County Seed Library Mission

Through local partnerships, the Brown County Seed Library provides education, encouragement, resources, and seeds to all community members to protect the current and future food supply. The Seed Library fosters self-reliance and empowers individuals to grow nutritious food and complementary plants that support pollinators

Partnering Organizations

Planning and fundraising for this volunteer-based community project is underway through the leadership of these partner organizations:

  • Brown County Community Gardens Program
  • Brown County Library
  • Green Bay Botanical Garden
  • New Leaf Foods, Inc.*
  • Northeastern Wisconsin Master Gardeners
  • University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
  • UW Extension Brown County

All partner organizations will collectively support this initiative by providing planning experience, volunteer coordination, seed and gardening expertise, in-kind contributions, fundraising support, educational programs and communication to keep the public informed.

New Leaf Foods, a local tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the fiscal agent for the Brown County Seed Library.

Become a Brown County Seed Steward

What is a Brown County Seed Steward? A Seed Steward is a person who has received training on seed saving and is saving seeds to replenish our Brown County Seed Library. Ideally, we would like to have all of our core seeds (seeds we want to carry annually) saved by local Brown County Seed Stewards. Seed Stewards may choose to save as many or as few types of plants as they want, and as many seeds from those plants as they want. Seeds grown locally are better adapted to our climate and do not need to be transported long distances, which gives us more control over our seed supply and food supply.

Free training is provided by the Northeastern Wisconsin Master Gardeners Association, (NEWMGA). If you are interested in learning more about seed saving or becoming a Seed Steward, please go to the NEWMGA website. We are excited to share knowledge on seed saving and building a community of people with these skills.

Key Donors

Thank you to our generous donors:
Cellcom Green Gifts Program
Rotary Club of Green Bay
New Leaf Foods, Inc.
Wisconsin Public Service Corporation
Jared Warczytowa

Businesses/organizations that donated seeds:  
Appleton Seed Library
Door County Seed Library
High Mowing Organic Seeds 
Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply 
Seed Savers Exchange 
Ukwakhwa: Tsinu Niyukwayay^thoslu (Featured local seed: Haudenosaunee Three Sisters seed packs) 

updated 2/1/2023

How You and Your Organization Can Help

There are many ways to support the BCSL:

Become a Seed Steward and support the library by growing and donating seeds to be redistributed. Visit the Master Gardeners website to learn more.

Volunteer to sort and pack seeds. Opportunities will be posted on the Master Gardeners’ calendar and emailed to those on our email list.

Make a monetary donation through our Fiscal Agent, New Leaf Foods, Inc.

Visit our Amazon Wish List, which has essential packing supplies. 

Thank you for helping nurture and grow this exciting resource for all area residents!

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