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We provide seeds for vegetables, herbs, LA-county native plants, and flowers. All CSUDH Library users are welcome to freely take seeds from the collection. If you're successful in growing them and able to return some, please do, to help keep our seed library renewable. Our collection helps promote food and climate justice within our community. Adjacent to the seed cabinet you'll find a curated collection of seed and gardening related books.
The CSUDH Seed Library prioritizes heirloom or open-pollinated edible plants that are well-suited to growing conditions in the Los-Angeles Metro Area (USDA Hardiness Zones 9 & 10). We also strive to provide culturally relevant seed types, recognizing the diverse populations and gardening knowledge of our neighbors across the Southern California region and their plant traditions.
Why garden? Why seeds?
Growing from seed is very cost effective. Imagine how many seeds are in one tomato. Each seed can become a whole plant with dozens more tomatoes, growing your food and seed exponentially.
You can often grow unique heirloom vegetables and other plants from seeds that aren't readily available in stores.
Plants naturally remove carbon dioxide and other pollutants from the air and ground
All seed varieties being distributed may not meet germination or purity standards prescribed by state seed laws. Patented seed varieties or seeds protected by the Plant Variety Protection Act will not be accepted or distributed without permission of the certificate holders.