Mercer Seed Library

The Mercer Seed Library is OPEN for the 2020 growing season! 

Because the library is currently closed due to Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home” order, gardeners cannot visit the library to pick out their own seeds. Thanks to our dedicated seed library volunteers, however, we will still be providing seeds to the community this spring.

How to request seeds

Select the seeds you want from the list below. Then email director@mercerpubliclibrary.org or call 715-476-2366 with your request. Our volunteers will get your seeds packaged up and mail them to you, or they will be available for curbside pickup beginning Monday, April 27.

Seeds are available on a first-come, first-served basis to those residing in the Northern Waters Library Service area: Iron, Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Sawyer, Vilas, and Washburn counties in Wisconsin. We’ll do our best to fill your seed requests, but please note that we cannot guarantee availability. Please request only the seeds that you plan to grow for your family’s garden.

2020 Seed Library inventory

  • Arugula
  • Beans
    • Purple Podded Pole
    • Pencil Pod Golden Wax
    • Kentucky Wonder bush
  • Beets
    • Bull’s Blood
    • Detroit dark red
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
    • Dragon
    • Danvers
  • Cucumber, Parade
  • Herbs
    • Cilantro
    • Dill
    • Parsley, Giant from Italy
    • Parsley, Curled
  • Kohlrabi, Purple Vienna
  • Lettuce
    • Aunt Mae’s Bibb
    • Gold Rush
  • Peas
    • British Wonder
    • Sugar Snap
  • Peppers
    • Jimmy Nardello
  •  Squash
    • Potimarron
    • Acorn
  • Tomato
    • Stupice
    • Brandywine
    • Tommy Toe, large cherry
  • Zucchini
    • Golden

Seed inventory list last updated May 7, 2020

The Mercer Seed Library’s mission is to encourage local gardeners to grow and harvest a variety of seeds.  The library currently has seeds such as tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, lettuce and herbs.  There are also seeds from commercial growers, and most are organic and non-hybrid varieties. The seeds are available to local gardeners at no cost or obligation.

Gardeners are encouraged to save seeds and return them to the seed library when possible, but all are welcome to take seeds from this community resource whether they intend to save seeds or not. This process can benefit gardeners in our northern climate because the seeds harvested from successful fruits and vegetables in our area will likely do better in subsequent years.