Want to help out? Share seeds at a farmers market, tend the shelves at one of our branches, build or tend a garden--there is plenty to do! And as we know, many hands make the work easy.
Below is a list by region of our current needs. To volunteer, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farmers Market tabling—
At the PNA, we will be bringing the seeds out once a month this summer at the Farmers Market, which is in the parking lot at the Phinney Center on Fridays, 4-7 p.m. We’d like to have two volunteers staff the table each time.
Dates: June 10, July 15, Aug. 12 and Sept. 30 (Seed Homecoming)
(The last one will be special, as we hope that people who grew our seeds this summer will harvest, save and bring some back to the library.)
Greenwood Garage Sale/Plant Swap tabling—
This Saturday, May 21, there will be a plant swap as part of the Greenwood Garage Sale day. It also will be held in the PNA’s parking lot, and a volunteer or two could bring out the seeds for sharing. The event is 9-2, and the tabling could be done for any part of that time. As of today, no volunteers committed to that.
Build a Seed Garden—
This year we are building a terraced raised-bed garden at the PNA to grow out plants as a seed-saving demonstration and awareness-building effort. We’ll be using old timbers on site and constructing three small, connected raised beds next to the walkway between the PNA’s parking lots. Work dates are not yet scheduled, but if you like to build, let me know and I’ll include you on that project.
Tend the Food Bank Garden—
A food bank garden has been started at the Northeast Seattle Tool Library, which is also the home of the NE Seattle branch of the seed library. Seed library folks are helping plant, tend and harvest the crops.
Tend the Library Shelves—
The SE Seattle branch of the seed lending library is currently at the Columbia City Collaboratory, and we are looking for a volunteer or two in that part of the city to stop in occasionally and tend the seed shelves: make sure the seeds are organized and labeled, stock the supplies of envelopes and donation sheets, and process any seed donations. We are also talking with the Seattle Farm Co-op about possibly moving the library to the Co-op, so a volunteer could be part of that effort as well. Tending the shelves doesn’t take much time: an hour or so twice a month would be fine.
The KCSLL and all its branches will benefit from ongoing administrative projects, such as:
- Make a list of seed farms or other locations that may be of interest for seed library group field trips
- Draft letters to organizations asking for donations of seeds
- Research requirements for grants and coordinate with us to get necessary documentation to apply for grants
- Help with updating the website, electronic file sharing, and other technology tasks
- Help keep each branch supplied with envelopes, flyers and signage