The first of its kind in Rockingham and one of only two public library seed libraries in Western Australia, the seed library is located in the centre’s edible courtyard and provides free seeds to anyone who wants to grow their own healthy food.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the initiative recognised Baldivis’ proud history as a farming community and had already been popular among local residents.
“There are more than 60 varieties of fruit, vegetables and herbs available and if people are keen to harvest and return the seeds to the library then they will be put back into circulation. But don’t worry…there are no fines for those who don’t,” he said.
"The library also has a garden literature section to support the Seed Library so if you have never dabbled in a backyard vegie patch, now’s the time to give it a go.”
The grand opening of the seed library was held on Friday 21 October and featured gardening expert Garry Heady from Beyond Gardens as guest speaker, who gave advice about how to make the most out of small-scale fruit and vegetable patches.
The Seed Library is open during library hours. You do not have to me a member to use the seeds, but there is a limit of two packets per person.