The Morton Seed Library

The Morton Seed Library was founded in 2017 by seven women to educate a
growing community about seed-saving methods and to develop a lending library for garden seeds.

The Seed Library is an evolving initiative that includes sharing of seeds and educational programs. At the Seed Library, people of all ages and experiences come to acquire and exchange seeds, and to learn the fundamentals of growing foods, herbs and flowers. One of the main goals of our local seed library is to promote, identify and propagate varieties that thrive in our area. Together, we develop greater understanding of ecosystems and the wonders we can find in our own yards and community gardens.

The Rhinebeck Community Garden

The Rhinebeck Community Garden is a wonderful partner to Backyard to
Table. Our plot at the Garden is used for demonstrations and to grow seeds for the
Morton Seed Library and the community.

Throughout the growing season, the Rhinebeck Community Garden and it’s members generously contribute produce from their dedicated pantry plots and from personal plots to the Jayne Brooks Memorial Food Pantry and the Rhinebeck Reformed Church Pantry. During the 2019 growing season we are proud to have donated over 400 pounds of produce to the local pantries. 

The Rhinebeck Grange

The Rhinebeck Grange has been invaluable in spreading the word about our project. Backyard to Table was featured as part of the Grange Exhibit at the Dutchess County Fair in 2017.

With a strong history in grassroots activism, family values and community service, The Rhinebeck Grange is one of over 2,100 hometown granges across the United States. Family and community are the foundations of the Grange. Our main goal is to ensure that the average citizen is fully represented in public policy and within society.