Wood River Seed Library

Upcoming activities

Seed Packaging Parties at the Grange
Saturday June 15, 10 am to noon
Wednesday June 19 3 to 5 pm

We will be packaging our WRSL seed harvest into seed envelopes for distribution during the 4th of July parade in Hailey. All gardeners at heart are welcome to join us in handling our precious locally grown seeds, reverently saved by members of our community. This event is an opportunity to learn about seeds saving and seed growing, and chat with other like minded gardeners. By saving and distributing seeds for free to local gardeners we contribute to the precious biodiversity of our seed-shed.

Saving the Seeds from your Garden
Talk at the Hailey Public Library
Wednesday August 215:30-6:30pm

Learn about how to save seeds from the vegetables and flowers in your garden. We will talk about the basic steps and the different techniques used to harvest, clean and store the seed. Saving seeds is a rewarding activity and a gesture to contribute to biodiversity and build resilience.


Past Activities

Wood River Victory Garden Program 2019

The free program is offered in partnership with the Wood River Seed Library (WRSL), the Hailey Public Library (HPL), the Grange, the Hunger Coalition, and the UI Extension and its volunteer Master Gardeners. The full program includes talks, onsite garden workshops, seed and plant exchanges, online YouTube videos and online documents. 

3 free talks will be given at the Hailey Public Library, 7 West Croy Street, in Hailey. See more details below the poster.

The program starts at the Hailey Public Library, 7 West Croy Street in Hailey, on Thursday February 28, 5:30 to 6:30 pm with the launch of the HPL Seed Distribution cabinet, serviced by WRSL, and a talk about Seed Diversity by Manon and Amy.

The Hailey Public Library will once again be a distribution point for the precious local seeds saved by WRSL members, and available for free to gardeners who are invited, in turn, to grow vegetables, herbs, flowers and grains, save the seeds from their crops, and return harvested seeds to WRSL.

There will be 3 gardening talks at HPL, 7 West Croy Street in Hailey, and 2 Seed & Plant Exchange events at the Grange, 609 South Third Avenue in Hailey:

Thursday February 28 – Seed Library Cabinet launch, talk about how it works, and the importance of seed diversity, 5:30 to 6:30 at HPL

The preservation of seed biodiversity is an important reason for harvesting and saving local seeds. Like human bodies, and animals, plants are adapted to different weather conditions. Different seeds of the same species have the ability to germinate and grow in different conditions. The seed industry focuses mostly on replicating a few kinds of seeds that are suitable to favorable large scale growing conditions. The preservation of seeds adapted to micro-climate conditions outside of the main growing areas, like in the Wood River Valley, are left to gardeners and communities who preserve their own seeds. It is critical that the diversity of seeds be preserved to allow for the continuous expression of the many genes that allow for the adaptive nature of plants. Each year, many crops become extinct on the planet due to climate change, natural disasters, wars and human decisions. Seed saving by local gardeners, and seed banks like WRSL contribute to our food resiliency.

Tuesday March 26 – Growing cool season vegetables – what, when and how, 5:30 to 6:30 at HPL

A cool season plant is either frost tolerant or cool temperature tolerant, allowing it to flourish in temperatures lower than 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Includes onions, broccoli and other cole group, kale, spinach, lettuce, chard, bok choy, peas, carrots, radishes, beets, turnips, asparagus, potatoes and some herbs like cilantro, chervil, dill, parsley, arugula and oregano. Cool-season crops are generally planted in the early spring when temperatures are cooler, long before the danger of frost has passed, or seeded outdoors in the fall to allow for early germination in the spring. Many of these crops can also be planted in late summer for a fall harvest. Cool season crops do well in the Wood River Valley in spring and fall, but are not happy in the high heat of summer.

Thursday April 25 – Growing warm season vegetables – what, when and how, 5:30 to 6:30 at HPL

A warm season plant may be injured by frost and should be planted well after the danger of frost has passed, which is generally in June in the Wood River Valley. Includes the Cucurbitaceae family cantaloupe, cucumber, pumpkin, squash, and watermelon, the Solanaceae family  eggplant, pepper and tomato, as well as  beans, sweet corn, sweet potato, and basil. The harvest needs to be done before frost sets in.

Each of the events in the Wood River Victory Garden Program is free and open to all.  Please register by contacting Sarah Busdon, UI Extension at (208) 788-5585, by email [email protected], or in person at 302 1st Avenue South in Hailey, Monday to Thursday. Registrations can also be done at one of the events in the program. Upon registration, participants will be given access to the online video channel, and will receive email communications about additional events, and links to suggested online resources. The UI Extension also has printed versions of the gardening resources for a fee.

Gardening and seed saving is invaluable for food resiliency, and empowering for the whole local  community:  whether growing plants, sharing gardening and seed-saving knowledge, offering your garden for a visit, harvesting seeds and sharing some of them with WRSL, attending WRSL seed-cleaning and packaging parties, servicing our distribution points, starting seeds for our plant exchange, dividing and sharing your perennial plants and house plants.

Seed and Plant Exchange –  Celebrating Earth Day

Veggies, flowers, herbs
Saturday April 13, 2019
10 am to noon

at the Grange Hall
609 S. 3rd Avenue, Hailey

Celebrate Earth Day by sharing your seeds and plants with the community.  Meet other local gardeners, get inspired to grow delicious and nutritious food for your family. Learn which flowers to plant to attract pollinators.

Local gardeners are invited to bring their own saved seeds, potted plants and starts, dug-up perennials from their gardens to share with the community during this annual Seed Exchange.

Anyone looking for locally grown seeds is welcome to stop by the Grange and pick-up the varieties they are hoping to plant this Spring, free of charge, but donations to The Hunger Coalition are encouraged.

The Wood River Seed Library (WRSL) will be sharing the seeds grown and harvested by local seed savers. Gardeners are encouraged to plant these seeds, learn the basics of seed saving, harvest the seeds from the plants they grow and return their surplus of locally harvested seeds to the WRSL in the Fall.

Locally produced seeds are adapted to our local environment and weather. By preserving and sharing these seeds, our seed library maintains a vibrant and diverse supply of open-pollinated varieties for local gardeners.

WRSL also shares its collection of seeds through the Hailey Public Library, starting in March, and through the Community Library in Ketchum, until supplies last.

Summer Seed Exchange and Plant Sale

Veggies, flowers, herbs
Saturday May 25, 2019
10 am to noon

at the Grange Hall
609 S. 3rd Avenue, Hailey
Seed starts from local producers will be available for purchase. Local gardeners are also invited to bring their own saved seeds, potted plants and starts, dug-up perennials from their gardens to share with the community.

Potluck Dinner Celebration – Was postponed and has yet to be rescheduled

Join us for a “Send Off To The Farm” party in honor of WRSL founder John Caccia who is moving away from the Wood River Valley to relocate to a 21 acre farm along the Snake River, half a mile downstream from Banbury HS.
John is leaving his role as manager of WRSL, but will continue to participate in some of our activities. John will also continue working with the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance.
John Caccia is a long time silversmith and has created quite a collection of silver jewelry and leather braided bolo ties with a soul, among other things. He is turning the page on his Mountain Angels business and his Golden Door Gallery in Ketchum, which he will close at the end of January. Until then he invites everyone to stop by the Golden Door Gallery, located across the alley from the Ketchum Post Office, to check out his sterling “Seed Beads” that depict peas in a pod and other garden related jewelry pieces.
You may have known John as a campfire musician, Permaculture Design certified gardener, environmental activist, beekeeper. We are very grateful to him for his vision and leadership in creating and evolving WRSL as we know it today. We are sad to see him go and thank him for his legacy.
Bring food and beverages to share for the potluck dinner. Please RSVP to [email protected] or call Manon at 208-788-3876.

Seed Vault Packaging Work Party
Saturday January  19, 2019, 10 am to noon, at the Grange

We will be preparing a portion of the 2018 WRSL seed harvest for safekeeping in the Seed Vault at the Grange. All gardeners at heart are welcome to join us in handling our precious locally grown seeds, reverently saved by members of our community. This event is an opportunity to learn about seeds saving and seed growing, and chat with other like minded gardeners. Our Seed Vaults contribute to our regional food resiliency.
Contact us at [email protected] for more information, or call Manon at 208-788-3876

Hope Garden Tour and Work Party
Wednesday June 13, 2018, 6:30 to 8 pm

After a guided tour of the Hope Garden, corner of First Avenue North and Walnut in Hailey, which feeds our community, we will get our hands dirty! Bring your hat, gloves and knee pads if you need them. Tools will be provided.

WRSL Seed Saving Talk by Bill McDorman and John Caccia
Monday July 9, 2018, 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Bloom Farm in Hailey

Drive or bike to the very end of Fox Acres Road, past the gate and into the Quigley Canyon. The Bloom Community Farm, and its sheds and greenhouse, is enclosed by a high fence.


The Wood River Seed Library (WRSL) is a group of local gardeners and seeds savers who grow and save seeds. These locally produced seeds are adapted to our local environment and weather. By preserving these seeds, our seed librarians maintain a diversity of open pollinated varieties for the future.

WRSL share the best of each year locally grown seed harvest with the community. Since 2016, The Community Library in Ketchum has been a host and distribution point for these local seeds. In 2019 we will also have a distribution point in Hailey (to be announced). Seeds are also distributed at punctual events held during the year, including seed exchanges. Gardeners are encouraged to plant these seeds, harvest the seeds from the plant they grow, and return their own seeds to the WRSL. Seed distribution will start in the spring and extend into early summer.

The Upper Big Wood Grange is partnering with the Wood River Seed Library for the safe keeping of our local seeds. A Seed Vault, located at the Grange Hall in Hailey, will house a collection of seeds representing a percentage of the seeds saved by the WRSL seed librarians. The vaulted seeds will assure a backup supply for the WRSL in case of emergency. The WRSL otherwise distributes its seeds to gardeners interested in stewarding locally adapted seeds and crops. The collection includes many varieties of vegetables and flowers.

Visit the facebook page of the WRSL for updates.

For more information, and to join the WRSL, contact one of the WRSL co-managers, Manon Gaudreau, or Amy Mattias, or Pam Parker at [email protected]

WRSL is affiliated with RMSA, Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance