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Seed library sprouts to life in Port Stephens

Publish Date 27/05/2021

Port Stephens Library has launched a new free Seed Library for members of the community to learn a new skill, better understand biodiversity and grow their own plants.

Library members will be able ‘borrow’ seeds from Raymond Terrace Library, Tomaree Library and the Mobile Library and return seeds from their harvest back to the Seed Library to help re-stock and share the fruits of their labour with the community.

Library Services Manager Kris Abbott said the Seed Library will help cultivate and foster knowledge-sharing, self-reliance and resilience in the community.

“From beginners to those with the greenest thumbs, the Seed Library aims to encourage our community to grow healthy food, reduce costs and become more active in the garden.

“At the same time, it’s encouraging community connections and knowledge-sharing, promoting the growing of local plants suitable for our conditions and helping to support sustainable practices.

“The Seed Library is built on the foundation of sharing and the generosity of donations so it’s important that the community harvest seeds and return some from the yield for others to borrow,” she said.

Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer said the Seed Library is an excellent tool to promote community connection, biodiversity, food independence and a healthy lifestyle.

“Growing your own vegetables and spending time in the garden has plenty of benefits — plus it’s a great way to teach the next generation about the life cycle, sustainability and community.

“I can’t wait to see the seeds from our collection grow to promote growing more local plants suitable for our conditions and sustainability,” he said.

The Seed Library collection will start with organic varieties including Tommy Toe Tomato, carrots, Italian parsley, radish and Petite Marigold.

Visit our Seed Library page for more information including how to get involved and varieties available.