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Common Soil Seed Library: Seed Starting & Seed Saving

Gardening and seed saving information


Benson Branch - 402.444.4846
Sarah VanRaden
Carol Erkens

Elkhorn Branch402.289.4367
Evelyn Bingel

South Omaha402.444.4850
Andrew Ireland


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Sow it, seed it, plant it, grow it!
Here are resources to help.
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Common Soil Seed Library
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Common Soil Seed Library Takes Root at Benson Branch

A seed library is exactly what its name implies – a place where gardeners of all experience levels can check out seeds to grow. Common Soil, along with a variety of programs, workshops and resources to help get you started, is offered by the Omaha Public Library as a service to our community.

Common Soil strives to provide a space where local gardeners, farmers and library patrons can share open-pollinated seeds, as well as develop awareness and gain information about gardening and seed saving.

“It’s important to welcome the practice of seed sharing with our community for the many benefits that come with it,” said Rachel Steiner, Benson Branch manager. “We hope that the seed library will help create a culture of sharing and abundance.”

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How to Grow from Common Soil Seeds

Here is a comprehensive .pdf about how to grow each of the variety of seeds Common Soil offers. Almost all have links to valid websites with more in-depth information. This .pdf is downloadable, but is updated often and may not reflect the most current document.

Seed Starting


Benson branchSouth Omaha Library, and Bess Johnson Elkhorn branch are currently the only physical locations of the Common Soil Seed Library at OPL. Learn how to correctly save seed, then donate your non-hybrid, open-pollinated, non-patented seeds anytime we're open!