TSL COVID-19 Response

*PEAS SHARE the following update with your networks and help us spread the word, especially among folks who may not be connected through social media. Our first priority is getting seeds out to indigenous, black, and other marginalized growers full of knowledge and skills but empty pockets!

As most of you know, due to COVID-19 concerns, all Seedy Saturdays and other seedy events are cancelled or postponed indefinitely. In addition most of our seed library branches are unfortunately closed until further notice.

Those that are confirmed to be closed are specified on our website via this link HERE. If you prefer to visit a branch that is not confirmed to be closed at this time, please contact the branch via e-mail or telephone before physically making a trip there.

In order to meet the current demand for seeds, we are still able to share seeds through:

  1. No-contact porch pick-up from Little Italy area (College & Grace)
  2. No-contact bike delivery within the downtown area
  3. Delivery through Canada Post within Toronto (including Etobicoke and Scarborough)

There is no fee for any of these methods. However, to help us continue providing absolutely free seeds, we ask that folks who are able to, PEAS DONATE GENEROUSLY to cover your own costs as well as the costs of others who are unable to donate at this thyme.

Monetary donations can be sent through Paypal via this link HERE, by e-transfer to torontoseedlibrary@gmail.com or by cheque mailed to:


Toronto Seed Library
℅ Church of St. Stephen-in-the-Fields
103 Bellevue Ave.
Toronto, ON
M5T 1P1

We also need SEED DONATIONS!! If you are able to package them in small envelopes (homemade are grape!) and label them with the variety and year saved that is ideal. Bulk seed donations are also most welcome! Seed donations can be made through no-contact porch drop-off in Little Italy area (College & Grace), no-contact bike pick up in the downtown area or by mail to:

Toronto Seed Library
℅ Church of St. Stephen-in-the-Fields
103 Bellevue Ave.
Toronto, ON
M5T 1P1

TO REQUEST SEEDS: please send an email to torontoseedlibrary@gmail.com with:

  1. Your seed needs
  2. Your preferred method of delivery (or pick up) and your address if applicable (If none of the options are feasible for your situation, let us know your requirements and we will do our best to make it work). Please ask only for what you need, and include some alternatives to your first choices. Listed below is what we currently have available, and we will do our best to update the list as seeds continue to circulate. Peas keep in mind our supplies are currently limited and we expect to receive a high number of requests. We will do our best to get you what you ask for in a thymely manner. Peas bee patient as we adapt to this new model.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIST OF SEEDS THAT ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE TSL

IMPORTANT NOTE: Some of our seeds may have been packed for as far back as 2017 and are still viable, but we have not tested recent germination rates.

Late Nov. Events

SeedExchangePosterNov 28 Earthrythm Festival
This day long event that blends, Art, Music, Dance and Wisdom into an interactive immersive, and expressive experience to honor the Earth, and our connection with her. The Toronto Seed Library will be tabling throughout the day and volunteer & board member Maria Kasstan will be a part of the panel discussion at 5pm. For more information visit the event’s website by clicking here.

Nov 28 Toronto People’s Assembly on Climate Justice
This event will take place from 9am-5:30pm at the University of Toronto’s Haultain Building at the rear of 170 College St and is FREE. As part of a global call for actions on climate justice, the Toronto People’s Assembly on Climate Justice 2015 will bring together activists, organizations, people from all walks of life for an open forum to discuss community-based responses to the climate crisis. This event is also a direct response to the 2015 United Nations Conference of the Parties talks on the climate in Paris (November 30th to December 11th), and seeks to find alternatives outside of government and industry initiatives, which have served the interests of the rich, rather than people today or our collective future.

The Toronto People’s Assembly on Climate Justice will feature workshops, panels, and assemblies on themes include analyzing climate issues through lenses of race, class, migration & war, gender, health & food justice, local issues of municipal accountability, divestment, anti-capitalist alternatives, and indigenous land rights, sovereignty & solidarity. Click here for more information.

Nov 30 Seed Exchange Training & Discussion
The demand for neighbourhood seed exchanges is growing fast! We’re offering free training sessions for anyone interested in running an event that helps people gain access to heirloom, non-GMO seeds. Join seedy veterans for a mock seed exchange and discussion about what makes a successful event. You will leave training feeling confident in your ability to effectively organize seed exchanges in your community.

If you have a strong interest in seed saving, growing, and/or community building send an email to rhonda@torontourbangrowers.org. Please tell us briefly about your interest in and experience with gardening and why you’d like to attend the training. If you cannot attend this training, there will be other opportunities early in the new year in other locations across the city! For more info call 647-438-0038 or visit www.torontourbangrowers.org

Branch update: Our Daily Bread Food Bank branch in South Etobicoke will be closing. However, we are in discussions with another organization in South Etobicoke to host a branch — expect an announcement or update soon!

April Showers Bring Seeds & Flowers

Spring is kind of in the air, and new Seed Library branches are popping up with the dandelions and tulips! Three new branches are opening (or have opened) in April and every Saturday this month we’ve got an event with the Toronto Public Library. This year we are trying to focus a bit on Native Flower and Plants — make sure to check out the revamped branch at the High Park Nature Centre, its main focus is Native Seeds.

More event details below including a meet-up to discuss a possible Spore Library and a talk about the Botanical Gardens with Chief Librarian Brendan Behrmann.

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Every Saturday in April, plus Wednesday the 16, we’ll ‘bee’ facilitating Seed Saving Workshops at various branches of the Toronto Public Library across the city. For a full listing check out our events ‘calendula’ here.

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-Join us to celebrate the launch of our CRC Branch and the Bengali + Tamil New Year! This branch will help serve the Regent Park community. Learn how Seed Libraries work and have some great food and enjoy music by local artists!

More  New Branches

-Our branch at 160 Bartley Drive has been revived to serve the Scarborough and East End communities. If you have any questions the contact person is Andrew at akr@greengardeners.ca

-In early May we’ll be launching a branch in the Thorncliffe area with the Thorncliffe Neighborhood Office at 1 Leaside Park Drive.

The Big Carrot Green Roof branch will be up and running after a launch party on May 31.

More Events

-As a part of the HortiCULTURE Lecture Series at the Toronto Botanical Gardens (777 Lawrence Avenue East), on April 16 from 1 to 2:30pm, Brendan Behrmann, Chief Librarian of the Toronto Seed Library will be speaking. Explore basic seed saving, seed freedom, cleaning and storage, plus advanced techniques like how to plan seed gardens, and how to deal with biennials & hard-to-save seeds. Bring your questions and expertise, and pick up free seeds! More info here.

The Toronto Spore Library will bee a project of The Seed Library Commons dedicated to spores — the reproductive vehicle of fungi, mosses, and ferns. April 17 at 5pm in the CRC @ 40 Oak St will be the first meeting. It will be dedicated to planning, logistics and bringing up any questions involving the project. More info here/registration.

-We’ll also be at the last day of the Gladstone Grow-Op on April 26 from 11am to 4pm. Greet spring with seeds, plants, music, food and much more – all in celebration and raising awareness about the art and practice of urban agriculture. Let’s get dirtier together!! Special workshop by Bowery Project and an organic tasting from Chef Jamie Kennedy in collaboration with the urban farmers at Fresh City Farms. The Seed Library will be tabling and hosting a workshop.

The Seedy Zine & Donations

-The Winter 2015 edition of The Seedy Zine is out! You can grab copies at our events for $5 or at Urban Harvest’s table at Farmer’s Markets and view the PDF online. The Winter 2015 edition features pawpaw campaign tree information, round ups on the Eastern Canada Organic Seed Growers Conference and Guleph Organics Conference, a basic guide to worm composting, philosophy, art, poetry, and other seedy info.

We are currently accepting articles, art, poetry, and whatever you produce related to seeds or agriculture for the Spring 2015 edition. Email submissions to: theseedyzine@gmail.com

-Running the Seed Library takes lots of thyme and money — two things that are always in short supply. Please donate today to help the Seed Library run tomorrow! We also accept in kind donations of Coin Envelopes (#1 or #3 plz), Gardening Supplies, and, of course, Seeds. Here’s a link to our Paypal Account.