Micanopy Branch has a seed library available during normal library hours. Thanks to donations from Reddick Brothers and Working Food you can bring home seeds along with your books. You don't even need a library card to use the seed library!
Seed libraries have been popping up around the country for years, often as a way of encouraging people to get involved in nature within local communities. These seed libraries are effective ways of protecting the diversity of several species of plants, as well as educating people about the world around them. You can use the food you grow in many different recipes, and if you have a shortage of cookbooks you can always check one out at the library!
- Brown Eggs and Jam Jars : Family recipes from the kitchen of Simple Bites
The seed library is presently sorted by family type. For example pickling cucumbers are sorted under the ‘cucumber’ label in the ‘Cucurbitaceae’ family. Each packet has brief planting instructions similar to those found on the seed packet you buy from the hardware store. For more detailed growing instructions you can ask a librarian or attend one of the Grow Gainesville: Micanopy Edition meetings that are held on the third Thursday of every month.
- Field to Feast : Recipes celebrating Florida farmers, chefs, and artisans
- The First Mess Cookbook : Vibrant plant-based recipes to eat well through the seasons
If you are a gardener and have extra seeds to share, we would love to add them to our library! We ask that once crops from the seed library start maturing, see about saving some of the seed from those crops and donating them back. Donation forms for seeds can be located at the front desk of the Micanopy branch.
- The Make Ahead Vegan Cookbook : 125 freezer-friendly recipes
- Southern Soups and Stews : More than 75 recipes from burgoo and gumbo to etouffée and fricassee