Seed library starting on Gabriola Island

Gabriola Library

Press Release

Tuesday, May 2 2017

The Gabriola Island branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library is taking its first foray into adding non-traditional materials into its library collection. The new seed library is designed to foster seed-sharing and promote food security amongst growers on Gabriola.

Librarian amy dahley and Sal Dominelli of Sweet Rock Farm with the packets of seeds he donated to start the Gabriola Seed Library. Derek Kilbourn photo

“The idea came from local seed producer Sal Dominelli of Sweet Rock Farm, who saw the Port Alberni branch’s seed library and thought it would be a perfect fit for Gabriola,” says Gabriola Island Librarian Amy Dawley. “He wanted to see a seed library start on Gabriola for a few years now, but wasn’t sure how to go about doing it. Sal approached me after talking to Port Alberni’s librarian to see if this is something our library branch could take on. I think it’s a perfect fit for our community!”

Dominelli has kindly donated his own seeds to start the collection but donations are always welcome. Library card holders can drop by the library and check out packets of seeds to take home and plant. 

“The ‘due date’ of our usual library collections doesn’t apply in this case,” says Dawley. “We hope growers will harvest and donate seeds back to the library, but we understand that sometimes crops don’t work out. Anyone with even beginner gardening experience has been there!”   

The seed library is available free of charge and open to everyone with a Vancouver Island Regional Library card.