Starr Brainard is part of the Duluth Community Garden Program and she has been busy lately setting up little boxes (like the free library ones) around town and putting packets of Free seeds in them. Brainard announced the seed libraries on Instagram and immediately got a huge response.

According to The Duluth News Tribune "Brainard received seeds from the library, some from the community garden program, some seed companies, some donations — for broccoli, carrot, beets, turnips, rutabagas, tomato and squash." People are asked to take only one packet of each kind, since the seeds are going very quickly.

Brainard went on to say to Duluth News Tribune The biggest challenge is restocking them. If we want to do a second round and keep getting seeds to people, we need donations. Now is the most important time to be gardening, she said: “We’ve been shown how precarious our food system is with grocery stores running out of (items).”  Brainard plans to try keeping them stocked through the beginning of the gardening season.

If you know a company or work for someone who has year-old seeds they can’t sell, please email Or if you're someone with extra seed packets, put them in the library for someone else. What  great way to help out our neighbors!

So Far here are the four seed library locations:

  • Hannah House, 1701 Jefferson St.
  • Emerald Community Garden, 2001 W. 4th St.
  • Denfeld, 4441 Grand Ave.
  • Riverside, 28 Riverside Dr.
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