The getting back to nature movement is inspiring people to be more self-sufficient. With the recent creation of seed libraries, growing your own food couldn’t be more encouraging. Very similar to a public library, a seed library is a place where community members can get vegetable and plant seeds inexpensively or even for free. Below we’ve listed the benefits we’ve found from seed libraries. Feel free to add any benefits that we may have missed in the comment section at the bottom of this page.

  • It’s free (or inexpensive)
  • It’s a way to connect with your community
  • It’s super self-sufficient (regrow instead of re-buy)
  • It’s healthy
  • It’s local

Now that you’re excited about this phase of self-sufficiency, you have to get started right now. Open a new tab in your browser and search “Seed Library Near Me“and connect with them now.

If there not a seed library near you? Don’t worry, there are so many online resources to help you learn more. Check out this one and also this one.

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Did we get your hopes up and you not find a local seed library, but you really wanted to? There’s still hope. Start one yourself today! Visit your local library to find books on growing a vegetable garden and on reproducing seeds. While you’re there start talking to people about your plans. Visit your community centers, schools and organizations to tell them your plans as well. Tell all of your friends about it and they can share this self-sufficient idea with you.

Never grew a vegetable garden before? Many people are learning how to everyday. Do a quick search or check out this site, maybe this one, and the farmer’s almanac is also good, for some general brief information. But sitting behind a computer screen isn’t going to grow your food for you. You actually have to visit your local health food or organic store to buy some organic seeds. Find a nice sunny spot in the yard (or grow your plants inside) and watch them grow. Then enjoy that lovely taste. And don’t forget to harvest the seeds (that is what this post is about).

Just think, if you get 3 other friends and family members to do this and they gather the same amount of people, you have a community to share those harvested seeds, so you can do it again and again each year while providing yourself and your family with the best possible food available. HOME GROWN.

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It’s okay if at first you don’t succeed, because you can try, try again. Try it out, then comment below to tell us about your journey to self-sufficiency and seed harvesting.