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Seed Savers/Seed Libraries


Seed Savers/Seed Libraries

Organized out of our Strathcona Park Field House, Savers is part of VV Neighbourhood Food Networks. Join VV, then Seed Savers.

We currently have 26 seed libraries in several neighbourhoods around Vancouver.  (See list below.) Some are accessible during regular operating hours, and some are accessible during workshops and other activities.

We run Seed Saving workshops, convene Seed Saver Clubs, hold Seed Packet Parties at the fieldhouse and elsewhere, save seeds from our Collaborative Gardens in Kits, Strathcona, and W. Pt. Grey, make seed donations to community and school gardens and other seed libraries, and support efforts to increase seed sovereinty. 

If you'd like to get involved, please contact

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VV Seed Collectives/Projects/Libraries/Banks and Resources

VV Seed Saving Collectives/Projects/Libraries/Banks

Westside Neighbourhood Food Network Libraries                                     Kits Village Seed Savers/Seed Libraries 

     -- 4 libraries: Kits Village Seed Library (roving), Seed Library @ Kits branch Library, VPL, Seed Library @ MLA David Eby's office, Kits Village Collaborative Garden Seed Library

  Kerrisdale Village Seed Savers Club/Seed Libraries 

       --3 libraries (including 2 bike pannier libraries )(@Kerrisdale CC workshops and elewhere)

  W. Pt. Grey Village Seed Library (Aberthau Garden/WPGCC) )(@Aberthau workshops, EcoGarden work parties, and elewhere)

Downtown Eastside                                                                                               Carnegie Community Centre (in collaboration with Hives for Humanity)

Fairview/False Creek Neighbourhood Food Network Seed Library (@workshops at Charleson Garden and elsewhere)

Grandview Woodland Seed Library (in collaboration with GW Food Connection) (@Stone Soup Festival and other activiies)

Riley Park/Little Moutain/Main Street Seed Libraries                                                              Main Street Neighbourhood Village Seed Library

     Riley Park Community Garden Seed Library (in collaboration with LMRPFN)

     LMRPFN Seniors activities (4 small libraries, inc. 2 temporary)

Marpole-Oakridge Neighbourhood Food Network Seed Library (@MOCC                           workshops and @ other activities,  previously at Marpole Place Neighbourhood   House)

Mt. Pleasant Seed Libraries 

      Mt. Pleasant branch Vancouver Public Library (in collaboration with MPVPL)

      Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House (in collaboration with MPNH and MP Food            Network)

Strathcona Seed Libraries

      Strathcona Community Centre Seed Library (in collaboration with SCC and                  SFSP)

       VV Strathcona Field House Seed Library

West End VV/WE Neighbourhood Food Network Seed Libraries (in collaboration              w/ WENFN and WECC, Gordon Neighbourhood House Library in collaboration          with GNH))

      -- 3 libraries (@WECC potlucks, workshops, and other actvities, one roving,                   @GNH activities)

VV roving Seed Library: @VV workshops in Champlain Heights (CHCC), Fraserview-Killarney ((Riverlands Community Garden), Sunset (Sunset CC),  Douglas Park (DPCC), community fairs and festivals around town

Pending: TCC (Hastings-Sunrise), KNH (WFC), Linden Tree (WFC), Spartacus (CC), Nelson, BC



VV DIY Seedpack template info page! Create your own seed packets. Seed packet template


Download "How to Grow a_Seed Collective" by Robin Wheeler here, and then do it!

Download "A Guide to Seed Saving, Seed Stewardship & Seed Sovereignty" by the Seed Ambassadors Project (Jan 2010), and then do it!


Discussion Forum

Village Vancouver seed packet folding work party Sunday, April 12th, 3-6 pm

Started by Ross Moster Apr 11, 2015. 0 Replies

Hi all,We're having a seed packet folding party on Sunday, April 12th from 3-6 pm in Kits, near the beach. A potluck will follow.Goal: create over a thousand new seed packets for our various seed…Continue

VV Seed Library Box Building Day

Started by Ross Moster. Last reply by Ross Moster Nov 9, 2013. 1 Reply

Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 10am to 12:30pm McBride Park Fieldhouse, 4th and Waterloo, KitsJoin members of Kits, Main Street, and other Village Seed Saving Projects in building and painting…Continue

Kits Village/Main St. Village/Dunbar Village FREE Seed Saving Workshops

Started by Ross Moster Feb 20, 2013. 0 Replies

Sunday, February 24 from 9am to 12:30pmKits, near beach. Address to be sent to RSVPers a couple days before.Organized by Ross Moster, Kits Village Seed Savers/Library, Main Street Village Seed…Continue

Billets needed for 2012 BC Seed Gathering

Started by Ross Moster Oct 9, 2012. 0 Replies

There will be people coming from all over BC to attend the 2012 Seed Gathering. If you can billet someone for November 9th and 10th (or possibly the 9th, 10th, and 11th), please let us know. Contact…Continue

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Comment by Ross Moster on December 28, 2010 at 1:31pm

Hi Celia,

Great re: both the 8th and the potluck.  I'm wondering about starting a bit earlier, as there is a Grandview Woodland neighbourhood village meeting/potluck (visioning session) starting at one on the same day, and it'd be better if they don't overlap. 

What about 10 or 10:30ish for the meeting (and prepotluck nibbling!) - think that would work for Robin, will check with Andrew - and then a potluck around noon?

I have an extra copy of How to Start a Seed Collective - been thinking you'd be the likely person to give it to. Let's figure out how to get it into your hands,  this week perhaps? -  I may be near CC later in the week, not sure yet...or if you're going to be on the Westside...)




Comment by Cylia on December 28, 2010 at 1:13pm

Yes, Jan.8th would work for me. How about a vegetarian potluck -- it's always much nicer to mingle, chat and share food together.

Those interested to show up around 1130-noon, with the actual meeting to start around 1230 pm. Who has copies of the seed collective guidelines?  Cylia

Comment by Ross Moster on December 28, 2010 at 1:02pm
Yay Celia!


Thanks for taking some initiative with this, and offering to host a meeting. I've been swamped as usual. I've been in touch with Robin and Andrew (the two people at the workshop who volunteered to be the record keepers).

One date that's been discussed for a meeting is the morning of Sat, Jan 8th. Would you be able to host then?



Comment by Cylia on December 28, 2010 at 12:52pm
Hi Amy:  yes, EYA is such a great group. Let's see where this idea goes. Stay tuned.
Comment by Amy Tran on December 28, 2010 at 12:22pm
Hi Cylia, I am definitely interested in working with others in Cedar Cottage to develop a seed saving collective. You might recall that the Environmental Youth Alliance attempted to organize a Vancouver-wide seed/plant exchange forum ( which unfortunately still needs much development. I'm still hoping to further this project with them, but a neighbourhood-based collective seems like a great model to begin with and to perhaps apply to the EYA's project eventually.
Comment by Cylia on December 28, 2010 at 11:10am
So who is interested in being part of a group in their neighborhood or part of a collective? I am from Cedar Cottage and am putting this idea out there. I could host a meeting in January if there is some response.
Comment by Angela Squires on December 27, 2010 at 3:46pm

I'm interested in saving seeds at our local level but also taking action to stop Monsanto and their ilk's conduct with GM patented seeds that then contaminate other crops resulting in Percy Schmeiser type cases.

If we do not act soon we may as individuals find our seeds subject to stricture by rapacious corporate policies. The third world is already running into problems. Big business has no ethics whatsoever - rape and pillage is their mantra!

Comment by Ross Moster on November 1, 2010 at 11:36pm
Hi Cylia,

The next step will be to identify those neighbourhoods where there may be enough interest to start a seed saving collective, and then to have people get together in their neighbourhoods to discuss the idea and take the 1st steps.

Based on the workshop, I'd say the 1st neighbourhoods might be Strathcona, Grandview Woodland, Kits, and Cedar Cottage.

Comment by Cylia on November 1, 2010 at 11:24pm
Wondering who else from our Seed Savers group (other than Tara and I) have taken a seed saving workshop and what are next steps, if any?

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