What is the Noosa Seed Library?
Created and Coordinated by Noosa Libraries, the Noosa Seed Library is a joint initiative with Permaculture Noosa and the Cooroy Community Permaculture Garden with funding from the Queensland Government and the State Library of Queensland.
Starting ‘from the ground up’ the Noosa Seed Library provides seeds to library members to borrow, plant, grow, harvest and return. While enjoying produce from the plants, members are also encouraged to complete the cycle by harvesting seeds from their plants to return to the library for others to borrow.
Seeds are accessible at all library branches.
The Noosa Seed Library aims to ignite community interest in gardening and empower members to grow their own food and contribute to community building by saving and donating seeds back to the seed library. This will, in turn, contribute to both the preservation of seeds for future generations and the development of locally relevant and resilient seed stocks.
As part of the Noosa Seed Library program, Noosa Libraries host a series of educational workshops (for both adults and children) and instructional videos for the community to provide both inspiration and education and facilitate deeper social connections among community members interested in gardening, food, and sustainability issues. These events provide the secondary benefit of establishing cross-visibility and awareness among various local groups that share comparable interests but that might not have been previously familiar with one another. Find out more about the programs here
Propagating Deep Connections
As well as growing plants and a love of gardening, this project also aims to propagate deeper connections in our community. Sharing information and skills is essential to the yield of the program. The Noosa Seed Library is a collaborative initiative, with local organisations and community supporting the project.