Seed Library

Developed by a coalition of local organizations

More seeds available!

The last expected spring frost is mid May, so it’s time to get your seeds for direct sowing out of doors! Since our Seed Library Launch Party at which more than 3000 seed packets were distributed, we’ve replenished our Seed Library cabinet drawers with 3000+ additional seed packets, including most of the recommended varieties on our 2023 Seed List.

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 will be available free of charge to anyone interested in planting vegetables, fruits and pollinator-friendly plants. Our first year will focus on getting seeds into the hands of local growers of all ages. Seed donations and monetary donations to purchase seeds are needed to fill our Seed Library cabinet. Educational programs and future initiatives will encourage seed-saving techniques to help replenish the collection.

You can participate in the Brown County Seed Library at no cost by filling out this brief form. This will allow organizers to keep you informed about related news and later help us evaluate the use of the Seed Library.

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.

Events and Education

UW-Green Bay Heirloom Plant Sale | May 12-13 

Planning & Planting for Seed Saving: An Evening with National Expert and Award-winning Author Bevin Cohen. | May 16, 2023

Northeastern Wisconsin Master Gardeners 2023 Speaker Series 

Become a Brown County Seed Steward (seed saver) with the NEW Master Gardener Association

Green Bay Botanical Garden Events Calendar  

New Leaf Garden Blitz  

New Leaf Urban Food Forest   

New Food Forum  

UW-Green Bay Lifelong Learning Institute (search calendar for keyword “garden”) 

UW-Madison Extension Calendar of Events 

More to come!

Seed and Gardening Resources
Key Donors

Thank you to our primary inaugural donors:
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 
MIGardener 
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

Donations, grants and public support are needed to help this project take root and grow.

  1. Monetary donations are needed to purchase bulk seeds and other supplies. New Leaf Foods, Inc., has created this online form to collect donations on behalf of the Seed Library (through PayPal or checks).
  2. Individuals and businesses are invited to donate packaged seeds to get us started. Service clubs are invited to run a “Seed Drive” to collect seed packet donations from their members and the public. For more information on our seed needs: seedlibrary@newleaffoods.org

Please be patient as we nurture and grow this new and exciting resource for all area residents!

Stay tuned or sign up for the Brown County Seed Library mailing list 

Questions? Email SeedLibrary@NewLeafFoods.org