March 20, 2015 · Updated 2:08 PM

The Abbotsford Seed Library announced its first spring seed exchange and library in the West Abbotsford/Aldergrove area on Sunday, March 29.

The Abbotsford Seed Library offers anyone a chance to trade extra or previous years’ seeds. For new gardeners, or anyone without anything to trade, the library has free, organic, non-GMO and heritage seeds available for anyone interested.

The library was started in 2015 by Abbotsford residents so Lower Mainland gardeners could try growing interesting, locally grown vegetables, grains and herbs.

There will be several seed exchanges where participants can exchange seeds, and those just getting started can pick up free seed packets.

In exchange for providing free packets, the organizers ask that people save seeds and return some to the library in the fall at an open house.

There will be literature that will teach people how to harvest their own seeds.

Anyone interested in becoming a free member or participating in the exchange can join or like their Facebook page by searching for Abbotsford Seed Library, or emailing John Briner at to be added to the mailing list.

The exact location and times will be announced later based on space and interest and will be announced through the Facebook page and emailed to those on the mailing list.