🌱 What is a seed library?
Supported by the Maleny Seed Library
and the Blackall Range Woodcrafters Guild,
the absolutely ingenious Seed Library Program offers collections of seeds, for members of the community, to swap in a sustainable manner. The seeds are from local and heirloom fruit and vegetable varieties that may otherwise be lost, as well as new local varieties, including flowers. The Seed Library Program allows communities to swap, grow and work towards seed sustainability and education within the Sunshine Coast region.
Commencing at the beginning of February, members of the community can enjoy the benefits of seed swapping through the Maleny and Kawana Sunshine Coast Libraries.
🌱 When is the seed library available?
Bookmark the dates for the Seed Library Program - Image: Sunshine Coast Libraries FB
Wednesday 1 February to Monday 20 February | Maleny and Kawana
Monday 27 February to Monday 20 March | Maleny and Kawana
Monday 27 March to Monday 17 April | Maleny and Kawana
Monday 24 April to Monday 22 May | Maleny and Kawana
Monday 29 May to Monday 19 June | Maleny and Kawana
Monday 26 June to Monday 31 July | Maleny and Kawana
🌱 How does one participate in the Seed Library Program?
Take seeds home to grow and nurture - Image: JillWellington > Pixabay License
Once a month, library members are welcome to four seed packets per swap, to take home and grow. When the plant has grown and set its own seed, harvest some of these seeds to donate back to the seed library.
Labelled envelopes will be supplied to seed growers to donate the seeds back, including as much information about the seeds as possible, for eg:
Place of collection (what suburb, to identify the desired area to grow)
Conditions of growth i.e. stake, sunlight, water etc.
Participants will need to place the packets of seed into the separate donation box provided in the library. As the donation box works on an honesty system, self-service checkout is not necessary. For more information, please see the friendly library staff.
🌱 Seed library boxes
Image: jag2020 > Pixabay License
Created by the volunteer group, the Maleny Seed Library, the seed library will consist of two boxes of seeds for swapping:
One box will be kept at Maleny Library in the hinterland and the second box will be retained at the Kawana Library, ensuring the coastal region will be covered, for a trial period of six months.
Keen growers will be able to collect and/or donate seeds during library hours at these two libraries only.
🌱 Where can participants find the box in the library?
Collect and donate seeds during library hours - Image: Veronicatxoxo > Pixabay License
To make it easily accessible, seed boxes will be shelved in the 'Adult non-fiction, Gardens and Plants'
The Seed Library Program
is an innovative idea for home owners, apartment dwellers, schools, kindies and even retirement homes to get involved with, ensuring a nurturing continuation of working towards seed sustainability and education within the Sunshine Coast region.
🌱 Join the library to collect, plant, grow and swap - it's promising to be plant-some!
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