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CKPL Grows Seed Library provides an opportunity for residents of Chatham-Kent to grow healthy gardens, have access to affordable food and create beautiful spaces in their own backyards and local communities. Chatham-Kent Public Library members can borrow seeds for free, save the seeds they grow, and return some of the seeds back to the library at the end of the growing season. CKPL Grows Seed Libraries are available at all CKPL branches.

How CKPL Grows Seed Library Works

Bring your CKPL library card. CKPL Grows Seed Library is offered to CKPL members only. Don’t have a card? Visit one of our branches to get yours!

Choose your seeds. Browse the available seeds and choose what you would like to grow. Limits do apply. We request that you do not exceed one package per plant variety.

Check out seeds. Bring your CKPL library card and the seeds to library staff for checkout.

Enjoy your plants. Take the seeds home, plant them, and watch them grow!

Save Seeds. Once your plants are mature, save the seeds. The methods for saving seeds will depend on the variety of plant. Please visit How to Save Seeds for more information on seed saving techniques.

Return. Drop off the seeds at participating of CKPL locations.  Returning seeds ensures the sustainability of the CKPL Grows Seed Library.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 519.354.2940 or email us at