Somers Seed Lending Library

A Community Heirloom Seed Lending Project

If you would like to order seeds for pick up at the library, please fill out the online form.

To access the form please click HERE.

Our available seeds is listed below.

Somers Seed Lending Library is a free community heirloom seed lending project, demonstrating that libraries check out more than books! The idea is simple. Growers get enough seed to grow 3-4 plants from the seed catalog located behind the Reference Desk, record what they are taking with them as well as basic contact information for later in the season. Then they grow their plants during the season. At the end of the growing season for that plant, the grower harvests as usual, but saves some of the seed for next season, and returns a portion, usually 2-3 times the starting amount (or more) to the seed library to continue the cycle.

Our current list is subject to updates, so please check back often.


Somers Seed Library Selection 2023


Beet / Amaranthus / Rhubarb

Babybeat Beet (JS)

Chioggia Guardsmark Organic Beet (JS)

Touchstone Gold Organic Beet (JS)

Victoria Rhubarb (JS) *

Lettuce / Salad Greens

Bauer Lettuce Oakleaf (JS)

Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce (HVS)

Deer Tongue Organic Lettuce (JS)

Ezflor Organic Pelleted Lettuce (JS)

Jericho Organic Lettuce (Baby Leaf) (JS)

Newham Bibb Lettuce (JS)

Rouge d'Hiver Organic Lettuce (JS)

Red Cross Butterhead Lettuce (JS)

Runaway Salad Arugula (JS)

Tatsoi (HVS)

Broccoli / Cauliflower / Brussels/ Sprouts / Turnips

Asian Delight [bok choy] (JS) *

Clementine Cauliflower (JS) *

Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts (HVS)

Mizuna (HVS)

Piracicaba Broccoli (HVS)

Purple Top White Globe Turnip (JS)

Tatsoi (HVS)

Tendergreen Komatsuna (HVS)


Snow Leopard Melon(JS) *

Banana Melon (HVS)

Minnesota Mini Melon (HVS) *

Carrot / Fennel

Danvers Carrot (HVS)

Dragon Carrot (HVS)

Florence Fennel (HVS)

Peas and Beans

Dragon's Tongue Bean (HVS)

Golden Sweet Snow Peas (JS)

Monte Gusto Yellow Bean (JS) *

Python Bean (JS)

Royal Snap II Pea (JS)

Velour Haricot Vert Bush Bean (HVS)



American Dream Corn (JS)

Dragon Carrot (HVS)

Vision MXR Yellow Corn (JS)

Spinach / Chard / Kale / Endive

Benefine Organic Endive (JS)

Dino Kale (HVS)

Kolibri Spinach (JS)

Oriole Organic Swiss Chard (JS)

Toscano Organic Kale (JS) *


Eggplant / Peppers

Cupid Organic Bell Pepper (JS)

Fish Hot Pepper (HVS)

Jimmy Nardello's Sweet Pepper (HVS)

Listada di Gandia Eggplant (HVS)

Squash / Cucumbers / Pumpkins

Black Futsu Squash (HVS)

Boothby's Blonde Cucumber (HVS)

Cinnamon Girl Pumpkin (JS) *

Jester Delicata Squash (JS)

North Georgia Candy Roaster (HVS)

Multipik Yellow Summer Squash (JS)

Pantheon Zucchini Squash (JS)

Unagi [AsianCucumber] (JS)

Herbs / Spice

Basil Bouquet (HVS)

Britton Shiso (HVS)

Cumin (JS)

Confetti Cilantro/Coriander (JS)

German Chamomile (HVS)

Lovage (HVS)

Marjoram (HVS) *

Menuette Parsley (JS)

Mrs. Burns' Lemon Basil (JS)

Salad Burnet Herb (JS)

Vertissimo Chervil (JS)


Berkeley Pink Tie Dye Tomato (HVS)

Blush Organic Tomato (JS)

Brandywine Organic Tomato (JS) *

Cherokee Green Organic Tomato (JS)

Gardener's Delight Tomato (HVS)

De Milpa Organic Tomatillo (JS) *

Speckled Roman Tomato (HVS)


Leeks / Onions / Radishes / Shalotts

Bacchus Radish (JS)

Chinese Leeks/Garlic Chives (JS)

Crème Brulee Shallot (JS)

Guardsman Bunching Onion (JS)

King Richard Organic Leek (JS)

Nelson Radish (JS)

Rossa di Milano Onion (HVS)

Teerek Kohlrabi (JS) *


Arikara Sunflower (HVS)

Broken Colors Four O' Clocks (HVS)

Hopi Red Dye Organic Amaranth (JS) *

Lemon Star Marigold (JS) *

Love-in-a-Mist Nigella JS)

Madame Butterfly Cherry Bronze Snapdragon (JS) *

Pleurisy Root Asclepias (Butterfly Weed) (JS)

Sensation Mix Cosmos (JS)

Sparky French Mix Marigold (HVS)


Our hope is that you will enjoy gardening and picking the fruits of your hard labor. Along with saving seeds, consider checking out some great books on gardening and cooking to experience a true culinary treat! 

Donations are gratefully accepted to help grow our seed library. Checks can be made out to the Friends of Somers Library, with a note in the memo field stating "For Seed Library." Also on our wish list: new packets of Heirloom Seeds.