growing, saving and sharing seeds
We are a network of urban food growers and local farmers working cooperatively to protect our abundant, common heritage of open-pollinated food seeds.
We swap and share seeds, learn and teach about seed growing and saving, and together build a resilient community network – a ‘living seed bank’.
We welcome you to join us and be part of the local network of seed savers, growers and guardians. Seed saving is for everyone.
Mobile Seed Libraries for Community Gardens
We’re creating Mobile Seed Libraries, especially for Canberra community gardens, to promote growing from seed and seed saving. Mobile seed libraries are a great way to share skills and knowledge about seed saving – and to share seeds too! As well as lending out seed libraries, packed with free heirloom, open pollinated seeds, we’ll be running workshops for community gardeners about growing from seed and saving and sharing seeds. To find out more, get in touch.
The Mobile Seed Libraries Program has been developed with assistance from the ACT Government under the ACT Community Gardens Grants Program.
Grow, save and share heirloom, open pollinated, organically grown food seeds. Get in touch to find out more about how to access seeds and how to contribute your own home grown seeds to the living seed bank. Or just come along to a Seedy Saturday Session. You don’t need to be an expert – learn as you go!
Our education and outreach activities are a great way to connect with the local community, and how we build knowledge, skills and love of seeds and seed saving. From market stalls to workshops, little kids to experienced gardeners, we can all learn from each other and share the wonder of seed saving and growing from seed.
Seedy Saturdays are fun and relaxed drop-in sessions open to everyone. Meet other local growers, help process and save seeds, learn and share your knowledge, have a cuppa and a chat. No experience required – learn by doing. (You don’t need to bring seeds but do if you want to.) Second Saturday every month 10am-1pm Canberra Environment Centre.
How to get involved
Seeds are life
“Seed is the source of life and the first link in the food chain. Control over seed means control over our lives, our food and our freedom.”Dr Vandana Shiva
Why a living seed bank?
By growing, saving and sharing seeds, we create a living seed bank of organically grown, locally adapted, open-pollinated seeds which are continuously grown and distributed throughout our community. We create seeds adapted to our local environment and we build our community connection and resilience. Seeds are abundant when you grow and share with others. This is our common wealth.
Canberra Seed Savers is a not for profit cooperative and network of urban growers and farmers who grow, save and share open-pollinated, heirloom food seeds. We are building a living seed bank for our community.
Canberra Seed Savers Co-operative Ltd. is a not-for-profit, non-distributing co-operative registered in the ACT. Cooperative No: CO – 0212. To find out more about becoming a co-op member ask us.