Pictured: Lori Myles (front) with Jenny Currell, Helen McKissock, Glenys Clark, Ralph Darlington and Lynne Darlington with their donated seeds and produce. Photo: Bruce Hunt, Community News.
MUNDARING is set to join only a small number of public libraries around Australia offering a free seed sharing service to local residents.
Known as a 'Seed Library', the community-driven initiative will operate from Mundaring's Albert Facey Memorial Library, allowing local growers to donate and/or exchange seeds from their own gardens with other keen green thumbs.
Shire of Mundaring manager libraries and community engagement, Shannon Foster, said library staff embraced the idea after they were approached by local groups; Mundaring in Transition, Glen Forrest Community Garden, Perth Hills Permies and Mundaring Organic Growers Group.
"The hills have a very strong community of backyard gardeners, many of whom already share their seeds," said Ms Foster.
"The Seed Library has all the makings of a great community initiative, which will encourage locals to not only share their produce with each other but their skills and knowledge too.
"The Shire is excited to join just three other libraries in the state which are bringing people together to share their appreciation for local produce and passion for gardening."
The first phase of the initiative involves collecting a variety of organic, heirloom and native seeds from the community. Volunteers will also be invited to help with curation shortly.
Interested community members are encouraged to pick-up a seed collection bag from Mundaring Library located at Nichol Street, Mundaring. Seed donations can also be returned to the library.
For further information or to express interest in volunteering please contact Mundaring in Transition via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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