Seed library to help grow community of keen gardeners
Noosa Library Service is set to launch a seed library to help local residents grow their own food.
Noosa Library Service is preparing to launch a seed library to help local residents grow their own food.
It’s hoped the project will cultivate a community of keen gardeners,” says Emma Haslam, Noosaville Branch Librarian.
“As well as enjoy produce from the plants, we’ll invite our members to complete the cycle by harvesting seeds from the plants they’ve grown and return them to the library for others to use.
“This will not only ensure a hearty supply of seeds, but locally relevant and resilient seeds.”
As the program grows, the libraries will host a series of educational workshops to germinate and feed community interest.
The seed garden is a joint initiative with Permaculture Noosa and the Cooroy Community Permaculture Gardens, to give residents access to local knowledge and gardening experts to help them make the most of the seeds.
The project will also help promote the work of local artists, whose artwork will feature on the seed packets, thanks to the support of the Butter Factory Arts Centre in Cooroy.
Ms Haslam said it was hoped the series of informational workshops and suite of instructional videos the libraries plan to produce will provide both inspiration and education.
“We hope to facilitate deeper social connections among community members interested in gardening, food, and sustainability issues.
“This might also help to bring together local groups with similar interests.”
Ms Haslam said Noosa Library Service hoped to launch the seed library in October, once the ground work was complete. This will depend upon the current COVID-19 restrictions.
“In the meantime, we encourage residents to visit the website to find out more.”
The Seed Library initiative is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government and the State Library of Queensland.