The Sonora Seed Library will close for the season at the end of the month, but there’s still time to donate seeds from this year’s garden or pick up seeds for next year’s.

The library collects only open pollinated seeds, which means seeds from plants that produce a plant that looks like its parents. The public can “check out” up to three seed packets, then collect seeds from the resulting plants to donate back to the seed library.

The seed library is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays only and is located at the Tuolumne County Library, 480 Greenley Road in Sonora. Oct. 28 will be the seed library’s last day for the season.

The seed library is a project of FoCus (Foothill Collaboration for Sustainability) . The purpose of FoCuS is to encourage people to be less reliant on food being “trucked” in, and rather be more self-reliant by growing their own food.

For more information or to volunteer at the seed library, email Julie Silva at, or call Val Dambacher at (209) 588-3879.