A bright idea has sprouted in Maitland.
Taking a cue from the iconic Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody tune From Little Things Big Things Grow, Maitland City Library, in conjunction with Slow Food Hunter Valley, have established the city’s first Seed Library.
The novel initiative will launch at this weekend’s Maitland Taste festival and carrots, turnips, beetroots, peas and swedes will be the first selection of seeds available.
“This is an exciting new initiative connecting people in the community to local experts and resources,” Galley and Libraries manager Keryl Collard said.
“We hope this will contribute to the preservation of seeds and encourage locally resilient seed stocks.”
Slow Food Hunter Valley’s Anne Kelly echoed the sentiment adding that such initiatives go a long way in promoting biodiversity in the community.
“Giving the community access to free fruit and vegetable seeds in exchange for allowing a portion of their crop to go to seed at the end of the growing season reinforces Slow Food’s work in saving food cultures and maintaining biodiversity,” Anne said.
Following the launch of the Seed Library at Maitland Taste, the initiative will then be rolled out at East Maitland Library where seed packets will be available to ‘loan’.
Once the seeds have been selected, staff will be on hand to guide borrowers on the care, growing and harvesting of the seeds.
Community members can then return a seed deposit to the library for others to ‘borrow’ and grow.
This will also be complemented in-branch by Maitland City Library’s extensive collections on plants and plant care, as well as curated collections on preserves, jams and cooking with fruit and vegetables.
For more information on the Seed Library, head here or phone Maitland Library on 4933 6952.
Alternatively, you could just head along to Maitland Taste – the pinnacle of the Maitland culinary calendar – on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March at the Levee between 10am and 4pm
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