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Seed library program

Enjoy the benefits of seed swapping through Sunshine Coast Libraries.

What is a seed library?

Seed libraries offer collections of seeds for members of the community to swap in a sustainable manner. These seeds are from local and heirloom fruit and vegetable varieties that might otherwise be lost, as well as new local varieties including flowers. The seed collection allows our communities to swap, grow, work towards seed sustainability and education in the Sunshine Coast region. 

Supported by the Maleny Seed Library and the Blackall Range Woodcrafters Guild.

When is the seed library available?

Date Library
1 February – 20 February Maleny and Kawana
27 February – 20 March Maleny and Kawana
27 March – 17 April Maleny and Kawana
24 April – 22 May Maleny and Kawana
29 May – 19 June Maleny and Kawana
26 June – 31 July Maleny and Kawana

How do I take part?

Library members are welcome to four seed packets per swap (once a month) to take home and grow. When your plant has grown and set seed, harvest some of these seeds to donate back to the seed library.

Use the labelled envelopes supplied to donate your seed and include as much information about your seeds including: 

  • Common name if known
  • Variety if known
  • Date collected
  • Place of collection (what suburb to identify the desired area to grow)
  • Conditions of growth (eg. stake, sunlight, water, etc)
  • When to plant

Place the packet into the separate donation box provided in the library. As the box works on an honesty system, self-service checkout is not necessary. For more information, see your friendly library staff.

Seed library boxes

The seed library consists of two boxes of seeds for swapping, created by a volunteer group, the Maleny Seed Library. 

  • One box will be retained at Maleny Library in the hinterland, the other will be housed at Kawana Library covering the coastal region, for a trial period of six months 
  • Customers will be able to collect and/or donate seeds during library opening hours at these branches only. 
  • Watch this space for future workshops and sessions to encourage the development and exposure of local seed libraries at all library locations. 

Where can I find the box in the library?

Seed boxes will be shelved in Adult nonfiction (Gardens and Plants) collections for easy access. 

Seed saving sessions | feed the family from your own garden 

Is your weekly shop going through the roof? Find out how seed saving can help your food budget, assist biodiversity and create self-reliance. Join Soul Cauley from the Maleny Seed Library for basic seed-saving techniques. Discover the value of seed saving, the difference between open pollinated and hybrid seeds, winnowing and how to store seeds correctly. See a variety of seeds on display that are easy-to-save seeds like lettuce, tomato, bean or pea plants.

Free. Registration essential. Check out the sessions.

Community garden groups

Check out these Sunshine Coast groups for inspiration and support.

Name Address
Alexandra Headland Community Garden
Nelson Park, Katoa Street, Alexandra Headland (Alex Community Association) 
Barns Lane Farm
39 Barns Lane, Coolum Beach. 0490 220 854
Buddina Community Garden
Kevin Asmus Park, Nanyima Street, Buddina, located behind the Kawana Library 
Coolum Community Garden
Facebook Email
Eumundi Community Garden
Old Eumundi Sports Field, Memorial Drive, Eumundi. Email
Maleny Community Garden
Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, 17 Bicentenary Lane, Maleny. 07 5499 9345
Maleny Seed Library  Join the Maleny Seed Group on Facebook. Email 
Maple Street Co-op Community Garden  37 Maple Street, Maleny. Phone: 0484 647 313 
Nambour Community Garden  Nambour Showgrounds, Coronation Avenue, Nambour 
Palmwoods Community Garden  17-19 Hill Street, Palmwoods.
Steps Nursery and Community Garden  George Street, Caloundra 
The Urban Farm  Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre, 2 Fifth Avenue, Cotton Tree. 07 5443 6696  
Woombye Community Garden  12 Campbell Street, Woombye. Email
Yandina Community Garden  Corner of North and Farrell Streets, Yandina.

How does your garden grow? 

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