Morton Seed Library

Did you know there is a Seed Library in the basement of the Morton Memorial Library?! We wanted to take a moment to shine a light on an incredible local resource. The Morton Seed Library was launched in February 2018 and is dedicated to growing, saving and sharing local seeds. It was started by a group of local community members inspired by Ken Greene, founder of Hudson Valley Seed Co and co-director of Seedshed. Ken initiated the first seed library in the country, which started in a small town library in the Hudson Valley.

The premise of a seed library is much like a book lending library. Gardeners are invited to check out seeds, plant them (allowing some plants to reach maturity or ‘go to seed’), collect the seeds and return them to the library for others to borrow. The Morton Seed Library Collection currently has 6 different types of seeds: Sammataro beans, Ida’s mixed lettuce, arugula, French Breakfast Radishes, All Star Kale and French Noodle Beans. Seeds for the Library are grown by a dedicated group of Volunteer Seed Stewards at a plot within the Rhinebeck Community Garden or in their own gardens.

If you are a local home gardener please consider checking-in on and maybe even checking-out at the Morton Seed Library! If you are interested in becoming a Seed Steward please email Sandy Bartlett at