Introduction to Seedsaving with Kildare Library Service

** THE SESSION AT MAYNOOTH LIBRARY HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY 9TH MAY 2024, AT 6PM**

Book here for your spot on this session!

I’m delighted to be part of the second year of the Kildare Library Service Seed Library Project! I’m doing 6 workshops over the next 2 weeks in all the major libraries in Kildare! More information and book your FREE place below!

Introduction to Seedsaving with horticulturist Lucy Bell.
Ever wondered if you could save the seeds from the vegetables and plants you grow at home? Participants on this course will learn an introduction to the world of seed-saving, including a little bit of plant botany and an introduction to the main vegetable families.

Seed-saving is an ancient tradition that was passed down through generations and has become ever more important with the onset of climate change and the biodiversity crisis. Saving seeds saves money and conserves heirloom varieties from extinction and develops resilient seed varieties.

This workshop is part of the launch of the new county-wide Kildare Seed Library project. Library users can borrow up to 3 packets of seeds to grow their own vegetables, herbs and edible flowers: saving seeds to share with friends or return to the library.

Seed-saving is an ancient tradition that was passed down through generations and has become ever more important with the onset of climate change and the biodiversity crisis. Saving seeds from your vegetables and plants saves money, conserves heirloom varieties from extinction and develops resilient seed varieties. These workshops are forming the launch of the new county-wide Kildare Seed Library project and will help give you an insight into plant botany and the art of seed-saving.


Book your spot:

Athy Library, Tuesday 19th March 2024, at 6pm. Book here

Naas Library and Cultural Centre. Wednesday 20th March 2024, at 6pm. Book here.

Newbridge Library. Thursday 21st March 2024, at 6pm. Book here.

Celbridge Library, Saturday 23rd March at 2pm. Boko here.

Leixlip Library, Tuesday 26th March 2024, at 6pm. Book here.

Maynooth Library, Thursday 28th March 2024, at 6pm. Book here.

More information about the facilitator:


Lucy is a Kildare-based organic horticulturalist with over 15 years’ experience in food growing, establishing school gardens and teaching people how to grow food in community settings through her company Growing Wild. She has a wealth of experience and passion for seed-saving: having completed the Seed Guardian course with the Irish Seed Savers Association and the Gaia Foundation’s Intermediate Seed-saving course.

More information about the Seed Library Project:

After a successful pilot project in 2023, Kildare Library Service is pleased to announce the expansion of the Kildare Seed Library in 2024. Now based in all our main libraries (Athy, Celbridge, Kildare Town, Leixlip, Maynooth, Naas and Newbridge), the Kildare Seed Library is a collection of organic and open-pollinated seeds available for our library members to use. We have included some heritage varieties which have been preserved and passed down through generations: resilient varieties which have adapted effectively to our changing climate and retained their high quality. 

Through this project, we hope to encourage people to grow, eat and share their own vegetables, herbs and edible flowers – ideally without using pesticides and chemicals. Saving the seeds of these plants is a valuable skill practiced over generations. We want to empower people to learn how to seed-save through a range of workshops as part of the project launch. Seed-saving creates a culture of self-sufficiency and sharing, and safeguards varieties adapted to local conditions while also preserving biodiversity.

Library members can ‘borrow’ up to three packets of organic seeds to sow this season. We have chosen varieties which are easy to grow in gardens or pots, and have a high likelihood of success. The plants will also encourage healthy eating through the summer and autumn. We hope people will try to let a few of their plants ‘go to seed’, which means letting a plant grow flowers and collecting their seeds to dry out and save for future use. Saved seeds can be shared with your local community or ‘returned’ to the library in our special donation envelopes. We would like these donated seeds to have been grown without the use of chemicals to preserve the integrity of the library seeds. 

To use this service, you need to be a member of Kildare Libraries. It is free to join online or in any of our branches. Throughout the year we will be hosting talks and events to support Kildare’s gardening community, including seed-saving workshops in our main library branches. Subscribe to the library newsletter(s) for details of forthcoming events: https://kildarecoco.ie/library/newsletter/index.html

Through this project, Kildare Libraries aspire to contribute to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals 2 (Zero Hunger), 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), 13 (Climate Action) and 15 (Life on Land).