Home harvest seed libraries

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Home Harvest events have always been about a community, the satisfaction of growing your own produce and the pure pleasure of sharing and eating it with others.

It's a celebration of home grown produce and local food. With the uncertainty around public gatherings this season, the celebration will look a little different, but the satisfaction and pleasure of sharing will remain.

As we couldn’t have our community picnic this year, we have teamed up with Nillumbik Council and a local artist Ravi Sommerhalder to work on creating 8 seed libraries for our community.

Seed libraries

Using the seed libraries is easy and follows the simple philosophy of:

  • Take: the community can visit any of the libraries and take seed they would like to grow
  • Grow: grow the seeds at home and hopefully enjoy a bountiful harvest
  • Save: save some seeds for next year from the healthiest plants and fruits
  • Share: return some of the saved seeds to the Home Harvest Seed Library for the next person to grow

Seed envelopes

We encourage you to use recycled materials for envelopes. Many of the libraries use repurposed books to make origami envelopes for seed storage.

Please provide the following information on your packets:

  • plant name
  • suburb grown
  • date harvested
  • any growing notes / tips you have.

Get started on saving seeds

Watch this introduction webinar we did with Kate Lavers in 2020 to get you started.

The libraries are being supported by each site, but they also form are a network. You can get seeds from any library, and when you have some to share, you can give back to any of the locations.

Seed library locations

Rosanna Library, 72 Turnham Avenue, Rosanna 3084

When

  • Wednesday, 10 March 2021 | 09:00 AM - Monday, 31 May 2021 | 05:00 PM

Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub, 255 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe 3079

When

  • Wednesday, 10 March 2021 | 09:00 AM - Monday, 31 May 2021 | 05:00 PM

Watsonia Library, 4/6 Ibbottson Street, Watsonia 3087

When

  • Wednesday, 10 March 2021 | 09:00 AM - Monday, 31 May 2021 | 05:00 PM

Shop 48, 46/48 The Mall, Heidelberg West 3081

When

  • Wednesday, 10 March 2021 | 09:00 AM - Monday, 31 May 2021 | 05:00 PM

Eltham Library, Panther Place, Eltham 3095

When

  • Wednesday, 10 March 2021 | 09:00 AM - Monday, 31 May 2021 | 05:00 PM

Diamond Valley Library, Civic Drive, Greensborough 3088

When

  • Wednesday, 10 March 2021 | 09:00 AM - Monday, 31 May 2021 | 05:00 PM

Edendale Community Farm, 30 Gastons Road, Eltham North 3095

When

  • Wednesday, 10 March 2021 | 09:00 AM - Monday, 31 May 2021 | 05:00 PM