Innisfil Seed Library

Another wonderful season for the Innisfil Seed Library under our (garden tool) belts!

Our second season saw more seeds than ever being “borrowed” and donated, our community’s incredibly successful 1st annual Innisfil Seedy Saturday event, the addition of the Cookstown Branch seed library, workshops and events inside and outside of the library walls, and exciting new partnerships.

We accept seed donations and harvested "returns" throughout the winter months at the Lakeshore and Cookstown Branches.

And mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Innisfil Seedy Saturday on Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 10am to 3pm at the Lakeshore Branch of the Innisfil Idealab & Library. The Innisfil Seed Library will also reopen for its 3rd season.
The Innisfil Seed Library is located at the Cookstown and Lakeshore Branches, and is free and open to everyone. Visitors can browse the selection of vegetable, herb and flower seeds, sign some out in our binder and grow them at home to enjoy. It's that easy! At the end of the growing season, we ask that seed borrowers return some seed to help replenish the stock. Throughout the growing season, the library will offer workshops and presentations including proper methods for saving and returning viable seed. Resources for gardening and seed saving will also be made available.
Our mission:
To distribute seeds widely to the community, including members and non-members of all ages and gardening experience levels, and to educate our residents about how to properly save and return seed to replenish the library year after year. We aim to further engage the community with a variety of complementary workshops and presentations throughout the growing season.
Why save seeds?
People have collected and saved seeds for thousands of years; however, over the last century we've lost a great deal of this knowledge and the biodiversity we once enjoyed. Gardeners and farmers have become reliant on large seed companies for their crops in turn significantly shrinking the diversity of our plants and food.
By growing and saving your seeds, you:
- Help cultivate and maintain biodiversity
- Develop locally adapted seed to our environment
- Eat healthy while saving money
- Gain local food security
- Become less dependent on large seed companies
- Learn and share with your community
Learn more about seeds, seed saving and advocacy:
Organic Seed Alliance:
Seed of Diversity:
Seed Matters:
Seed Savers Exchange:
Toronto Seed Library:
USC Canada:
Interested in donating seeds or volunteering? Contact Bridget Indelicato at
Our initial seed stock has been generously donated by local horticultural groups and individuals in our community. Thank you!


967 Innisfil Beach Road
Innisfil, ON L9S 1V3


2282 4th Line
Innisfil, ON, L0L 1K0


20 Church Street
Cookstown, ON L0L 1L0


7883 Yonge Street
Innisfil, ON L9S 1K8