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Seed library

Enjoy the benefits of seed swapping through the library

Enjoy the benefits of seed swapping through Sunshine Coast Libraries.

Seed saving workshops

Join Seed sessions with Soul during the month of June. More information.

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.

Where is the seed library available?

Maleny and Kawana during opening hours.

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.
  • 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.

NameAddress
Alexandra Headland Community GardenNelson Park, Katoa Street, Alexandra Headland (Alex Community Association)
Barns Lane Farm39 Barns Lane, Coolum Beach. 0490 220 854
Buddina Community GardenKevin Asmus Park, Nanyima Street, Buddina, located behind the Kawana Library
Coolum Community GardenJack Morgan Park, 6 Park Street, Coolum Beach
Eumundi Community GardenOld Eumundi Sports Field, Memorial Drive, Eumundi. Email
Maleny Community GardenMaleny Neighbourhood Centre, 17 Bicentenary Lane, Maleny. 07 5499 9345
Maleny Seed LibraryJoin the Maleny Seed Group on Facebook. Email
Maple Street Co-op Community Garden37 Maple Street, Maleny. Phone: 0484 647 313
Nambour Community GardenNambour Showgrounds, Coronation Avenue, Nambour
Palmwoods Community Garden17-19 Hill Street, Palmwoods
Steps Nursery and Community GardenGeorge Street, Caloundra
The Urban FarmMaroochy Neighbourhood Centre, 2 Fifth Avenue, Cotton Tree. 07 5443 6696
Woombye Community Garden12 Campbell Street, Woombye. Email
Yandina Community GardenCorner of North and Farrell Streets, Yandina

How does your garden grow?

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