Seed Library

York Region Food Network and Markham Public Library are dedicated to connecting communities to the land, cultural experiences, personal growth and greater opportunities.

Our seed library is one way we nurture that connection. The goal of community seed libraries is to protect genetic diversity in our food system and promote public access to seeds.

In partnership with York Region Food Network, MPL offers a Seed Library at our Unionville branch. Check out this workshop video from York Region Food Network to learn how to start your seed.

Related FAQs

  • Anyone can access the seed library at Unionville Branch, there are a variety of seeds that can be sown at any point in the growing season. There are small envelopes to take what you need, you can find a variety of salad greens, vegetable plants, flowers and herb seeds in the seed library.

  • You can save seeds of many plants in the autumn or from large fruit during summer. Some seeds such as tomatoes, lettuce, peas and beans are the easiest to save seeds from. If you have been successful in saving seeds you are welcome to bring them in so they can be added to the seed library for others to grow.

  • Markham Public Library has many resources to help you in designing a garden, deciding which plants to grow, and maintaining your garden throughout the year. Discover our books, magazines, and online encyclopedias on gardening.


How it Works

The Seed Library is available at Unionville Library from April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024. If you are new to gardening, interested in growing a greater diversity of plants, or invest in supporting a community of growers, our Seed Library will help you do that! When you arrive at the library, please ask staff to direct you to the Seed Library.

Seed Library

Reading Lists and Blogs


Seed Starting

Many vegetables in your garden can be started from seeds. Learn when to sow, how to grow seeds, and when to transplant your seedlings...


Vegetable Gardening

Vegetable gardening is a rewarding activity that can provide fresh, flavorful produce. Learn all about the needs of different vegetable...


Seeds to Sow in Spring

Spring is an excellent time to start a vegetable garden from seeds. Not only does it provide a great opportunity to enjoy fresh produce…

Gardening Books

Sheet Music

Online Resources


Universal Class

Introduction to Gardening

You can learn about soil, pests, and different types of gardens including vegetable gardens and flower gardens.


All About Herbs

"Herbs are used for both culinary and medicinal purposes--and sometimes even spiritual purposes. All About Herbs will cover all the basics"


Gardening and Horticulture

Includes journals with content relating to both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies.


Vegetable Gardening 101

"If you are interested in learning how to set up, design, and cultivate a vegetable garden, you will find the tips and advice... "
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