Seed Library Donation Guide at South King County Food Coalition

30 Mar 2023, by Admin in

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Seed Library Donation Guide at South King County Food Coalition

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Written by Anaistasia Grey, Cultural Food Program Coordinator VISTA

The Seed Library accepts donations in a few forms:

  • Direct donation of unopened seed packets, marked for sale by previous year (i.e., seed packet donated at end of Summer 2022, seed packet marked for sale by growing year 2021).
  • Monetary donation, a dollar amount which will be set aside to purchase seeds (i.e., a $20 one time donation, or a seed drive where someone may donate the equivalent $ amount of a certain number of seed packs.
  • Cultural seeds: culturally specific seeds shared from one particular community with the intention of returning seeds to their historical stewards (i.e., heirloom varieties of corn handed down over several generations)

If you would like to donate seeds, please mail to:


While we would love to accept every seed packet, and we believe in creating as minimal waste as possible, we have strict guidelines for donations. We value our volunteers and client’s time, and try to avoid wasted time shuffling through old seeds.

Seeds accepted:

  • Plain and simple, any unopened packets of seeds marked for sale no more than 1 year prior to the current date. 
  • NO invasive/noxious weed seeds (i.e. water spinach, mugwort, etc.)
  • We KINDLY ask you to consider seeds from the list of requests from clients first, as many of these seeds are culturally important and can be expensive or hard to find. If there are no requests

Check the Current Seed Library Donation Requests sheet for donation requests. If there are no current requests, the following is a non-exhaustive list of possible donation options:

Amaranthaceae (Spinach-Beet Family)

  • Amaranth 
  • Beets
  • Goosefoot
  • Spinach

Apiaceae (Carrot – Parsley Family)

  • Carrot
  • Parsley
  • Parsnip
  • Celery
  • Fennel
  • Lovage
  • Dill

Asparagaceae (Asparagus Family)

  • Asparagus
  • Camas

Asterace (Lettuce – Sunflower Family)

  • Artichoke
  • Cardoon
  • Tarragon
  • Burdock
  • Chamomile
  • Chicory
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Coneflowers
  • Cosmos
  • Endive
  • Marigold
  • Stevia
  • Sunflower
  • Yarrow
  • Zinnia

Brassicacae (Cabbage – Mustard Family)

  • Arugula
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage 
  • Cauliflower
  • Collard Greens
  • Horseradish
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mustard Greens
  • Radishes
  • Rutabaga
  • Turnips
  • Wasabi
  • Watercress

Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber – Squash Family)

  • Cucumber
  • Melon
  • Summer Squash
  • Winter Squash
  • Pumpkins & Other Gourds

Fabaceae (Pea – Bean Family)

  • Snap Peas
  • Snow Peas
  • English Peas
  • Green Beans
  • Drying Beans

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Hyssop
  • Basil
  • Catnip
  • Marjoram 
  • Sage
  • Salvia
  • Savory

Liliaceae (Lily – Onion Family)

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Chives
  • Ramps

Poaceae (Corn – Grass Family)

  • Corn/Maize
  • Lemongrass
  • Barley
  • Millet
  • Oats
  • Wheat
  • Teff

Polygonaceae (Rhubarb – Sorrel Family)

  • Buckwheat
  • Rhubarb
  • Red Vein Sorrel
  • Fresh Sorrel

Rosacea (Rose Family)

  • Rose
  • Strawberry
  • Raspberry
  • Blackberry

Solanaceae (Nightshade Family)

  • Tomato
  • Pepper
  • Tomatillo
  • Ground Cherry
  • Eggplant
  • Black Nightshade (Solanum nigrum)