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UMass Amherst Libraries

Mass Aggie Seed Library

Come Learn and Help Process Seeds

Done for the season - see you next fall for seed processing 

Mass Aggie Third Friday Seed Frenzy Workshops

Let go of the stress, and work with your hands to plant a seed for the future.  After being in your head all week, come to the Mass Aggie Seed Library to learn about seed saving, help clean and package seeds, update the seed inventory, or begin some seeds for planting. Open to everyone!

This hands-on workshop will be held the third Friday afternoon of each month and will be limited to five attendees with sign-up required.  Each month will be different depending on what needs to be done -  cleaning and packaging collected seed, updating the cabinet inventory, or starting seeds for planting.

Friday 1 - 3 pm in the Science & Engineering Library (SEL) studio classroom space. 

To register email

After successful completion of the workshop, attendees will become Mass Aggie Seed Library Ambassadors and have the opportunity to come back, help out as time and schedules permit, and create and execute projects of their own related to seeds and seed saving.  Grow, Learn, and Thrive!


March 18, 2022
Introduction to the seed library, how you can get involved, endless stamping of envelopes, and packaging the remainder of the seeds; all the seed cleaning is complete.

February 18, 2022
Cleaned, processed, and packaged: Dill, Watchman Hollyhock, Nicotinia, Sunflowers mixed, Wapsie Valley Dent Corn, Sorghum/Sudangrass.

No workshop

December 17, 2021
Cleaned, processed, and packaged: Sungold cherry tomato, Burgess Buttercup Squash, Dill, Milkweed, Echinacea, Sweet Peas, Queen Red Lime Zinnia, Watchman Hollyhock, Nictoninia, Strawflowers mixed, Sunflowers mixed, Wapsie Valley Dent Corn, Sorghum/Sudangrass.

November 19, 2021
Cleaned, processed, and packaged: Sweet 100 Red Cherry Tomato, Sungold Cherry Tomato, Milkweed, Northeaster Pole Beans, Echinacea, Wapsie Valley Dent Corn, Queen Red Lime Zinnia, Watchman Hollyhock, and Sorghum/Sudangrass.

October 15, 2021
Cleaned, processed, and packaged: Zinnia, Echinacea, Hollyhock, Cilantro/Coriander, Lemon Cucumber, and Sweet 100 Cherry Tomato seeds.

September 17, 2021
Cleaned, processed, and packaged: Money plant, Milkweed, Zinnia, Dill, and Marketmore 76 Cucumber seeds.