Welcome to the website of the Manitou Springs Seed Library.
The purpose of our project is twofold. We want to promote the development and preservation of landrace heirloom seeds and varieties that are well adapted to the arid growing conditions and short growing season that are typical of Colorado’s Front Range and in conjunction, promote the development of an equally well adapted body of local knowledge on how to save and pass on those seeds to future growers.
Seed libraries work by creating a relationship with regional growers. The seed library offers free seeds and a means of regional seed exchange while teaching people how to save those seeds successfully. In return, growers commit to bringing back a portion of the seed produced by those plants at the end of the growing season. The returned seed enters the library catalog and becomes available to more growers the following season, who will in turn, borrow and return even more.
Those of us who have started this effort are gardeners and growers like you. The Manitou Springs Seed Library is the creation of David Woolley, a community organizer and gardener, Margaret Morris at the Manitou Springs Public Library, Becky Elder at Pikes Peak Permaculture, and Brian Fritz at Transition Town Manitou . Bookmark this site and introduce yourself because more information is added regularly and we’d love to get to know our fellow Front Range gardeners and enthusiasts.
Hope to see you again.
Director, Manitou Springs Seed Librarymanitouseedlibrary@gmail.com. Manitou Springs Seed Library c/o Manitou Springs Public Library 701 Manitou Ave. Manitou Springs, CO 80829