Seed library program
Take part in a sustainable community collection
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?
|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.
Community garden groups
Check out these Sunshine Coast groups for inspiration and support.
|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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