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Darebin Seed Library

The Darebin Seed Library is launching soon!

As part of our Sustainable Food program, Darebin Council is excited to be developing a network of Seed Libraries to help gardeners grow, save and swap open-pollinated, heirloom and local vegetable and flower seeds in the community.

How it works:

  • Seed savers can take a maximum of 3 seed packets from the library to grow at home or at your community garden. Please leave at least one plant to go to seed at the end of the season, which you can collect and donate seed back to the seed library to share with others.
  • Seed saving resources and workshops will be provided to help teach you the skills you need to save seeds. We ran our first free online Seed Saving workshop on Saturday 29 August, with local gardening legend Kat Lavers. If you missed the workshop, you can watch the recording here.


  • Three ‘Little Seed Libraries’ will be installed in community gardens across Darebin. The exact location will be announced in the next few weeks and they will be added to the Darebin Food Harvest Network Community Garden Map.
  • We also plan to establish a seed section at the Northcote Library early next year.

If you would like to become a Seed Saver Champion and share stories of your special variety heirloom seeds, please get in touch by emailing

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