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UMass Amherst Libraries

Mass Aggie Seed Library

Come Learn and Help Process Seeds

Mass Aggie Third Friday Seed Frenzy

Each Third Friday of the month the Mass Aggie Seed Library will hold a workshop to educate attendees on how to process saved seeds. Attendees will learn about the inner workings of the Mass Aggie Seed Library and help clean collected seed using a variety of seed cleaning equipment from the seed library and package seed for the coming season.

Space is limited to FIVE attendees per workshop.  Workshops are held each third Friday from 1-3 pm.  This is an in-person workshop located in the Science & Engineering Library. 

Register on the UMass Libraries event page: 



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.


Current Status

The Mass Aggie Seed Library is open to the public, along with the
UMass Amherst Science & Engineering Library,

Welcome Back!!! 
Sow seeds of resilience and generosity.


Summer 2021

What’s new in the Mass Aggie Seed Library Fall 2021?

Things you might notice:
Individual pre-packaged seed packets

The card catalog seed drawers are a bit messy


As a result of packaging seeds to mail to patrons, you will find some pre-packaged seed envelopes in the seed drawers.  These pre-packaged seeds (mostly) have the name of the grower and the name of the seed variety.  For specific growing instructions, go to the website of the grower and find the seed variety. 

With patrons returning donated seed in a variety of packaging, the seed envelope sizes are uneven and therefore the seed drawers are a bit messy to accommodate the variety of sizes and shapes.

Mass Aggie Seed Library - Located in the University of Massachusetts Amherst Science & Engineering Library


Mass Aggie Seed Library

The Mass Aggie Seed Library is housed in the Science & Engineering Library located in the Lederle Graduate Research Center Lowrise at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The Seed Library is normally open for all to use on a self-service basis during the hours the Science & Engineering Library is open.

For more information, contact: Librarian Paulina Borrego