Almaden Seed Library

Submitted by Brandy Maldonado on Sat, 03/14/2020 - 10:00 AM
Photograph of someone holding a seed sprout in their hand

The San Jose Public Library, Almaden branch is happy to announce the opening of the Almaden Seed Library on Saturday, March 14, 2020! This is the second seed library within the San Jose Public Library system. With the help from the Silicon Valley Seeds organization, seed donors and seed savers, the Almaden Seed Library will offer free seeds to the public based on seasonality.

About Seed Libraries

Seed libraries are a place where communities receive seeds for free or a small fee. The San Jose Public Library, Almaden Branch Seed Library offers seeds to the public for free. Seed libraries are created in response to climate change, loss of seed integrity, and to preserve genetic diversity. The Almaden Seed Library was created in response to a growing need in the community for locally adapted seeds. By taking, donating and returning seeds the community develops a sustainable food network and cultivates self sustainability.

How You Can Help

The Almaden Seed Library welcomes small donations from public or personal gardens all year long. For large quantity donations, donations from local organizations and businesses please contact the Almaden Branch Library directly to create an appointment with the seed Librarian.

We ask that you take only what you need for the season from the Almaden Seed Library. When it comes time to harvest, set aside seeds to give back to your local seed library to share with the community.

Local Seed Libraries

Interested in visiting other seed libraries? Meander over to these public libraries to take a look at what their seed resources have to offer:


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Submitted by Liana Hua on Thu, 03/19/2020 - 6:02 PM


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I love this! One of the things I like to do is seed save sunflower seeds since they are easy to save and a great activity to do with kids during a rainy day. What a great way for our community to gain access to their own food system.

Submitted by Brandy Maldonado on Fri, 03/20/2020 - 9:24 AM

In reply to by Liana Hua


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Sunflower seeds are my FAVORITE things to save! So simple and so easy. We are so excited to help the community become more sustainable by supplying locally grown seeds.

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