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Seed Library


The Markham Homegrown Seed Library is an initiative in partnership with the Markham Public Library (MPL) and is exactly what it sounds like. Packages of seeds of all varieties are prepared and bar-coded with our local libraries and are then signed-out to residents with an active Markham Public Library Card. Unlike books and other traditional library items, the seeds do not have a due-date, but residents are encouraged to attend our MOHG Seed Saving workshops to return the seeds for their next lifecycle.

The Seed Library is located at two MPL branches:
Milliken Mills Branch: 7600 Kennedy Road, Unit 1 Markham, ON L3R 9S5
Cornell Branch: 3201 Bur Oak Avenue, Markham, ON L6B 0T2

The Sustainability Office would like to thank our supporters for the seed library program, Urban Harvest and Sheridan Nurseries for providing the libraries with the supply of seeds needed to keep the program running!


Don't Know How to Save Seeds?

Join us for one of our workshops! In 2016, the Markham Homegrown Program will offer two Seed Saving workshops. Find out more details by visiting Markham Homegrown Workshops.


Seed Saving Resources

How to Participate:

1. Bring your Library Card
Use your MPL Card at Milliken Mills or Cornell Library to use the seed library.  

2. Choose your seeds
Browse the available seeds and select the ones you’d like to grow. You can also consult the Seed Catalogue, located in a binder next to the seeds, to learn more about each of the varieties and how to grow and save them. Since seed library members are expected to return seeds saved from the mature plants, beginning gardeners should start with seeds labeled “Easy.”

3. Check out seeds
Fill in a check-out form, found in the binder next to the seeds, noting your name, library card #, and listing the seeds you are borrowing. Hand this form in to a staff member.

4. Enjoy your plants
Take the seeds home with you and plant them! Tend to your sprouting garden and enjoy its riches when they’re ready to eat.

5. Save seeds
Once your plants are mature, save the seeds. You can find out how to save different seeds at, and the library will also be hosting workshops in the autumn. Return the seeds you save to the seed library where you will fill out a donation form with all the necessary information about the seeds: what they are, when you saved them, and any notes you want to share with the people who will be checking them out.

6. Repeat!
By borrowing, growing, and returning seeds, you’re helping to ensure that our community always has access to affordable, healthy, and delicious food. Thanks!

If you have any questions, please contact

This initiative supports the Greenprint, Markham's Community Sustainability Plan.