Seed Diversity Initiative at Maitland

New Seed Library at Maitland East Library.

Carrots, turnips, beetroots, peas and swedes will be the first selection of seeds available from Maitland City Library’s Seed Library which is set to launch at Maitland Taste this weekend.

The first of its kind in Maitland, the Seed Library is a partnership between Maitland City Library and Slow Food Hunter Valley.

This is an exciting new initiative connecting people in the community to local experts and resources. We hope this will contribute to the preservation of seeds and encourage locally resilient seed stocks,” said Gallery and Libraries manager, Keryl Collard

The initiative is being piloted at East Maitland Library where seed packets will be available for ‘loan’. Once seeds have been selected for ‘borrowing’, Library staff will be on hand to give customers information on the care, growing and harvesting of seeds. Community members can then return a seed deposit to the library for others to ‘borrow’ and grow.

This will be complemented in branch by Maitland City Library’s extensive collections on plants and plant care, as well as curated collections on preserves, jams and cooking with fruit and vegetables.

Giving the community access to free fruit and vegetable seeds in exchange for allowing a portion of their crop to go to seed at the end of the growing season reinforces Slow Food’s work in saving food cultures and maintaining biodiversity,” said Anne Kelly of Slow Food Hunter Valley.

For further information call Maitland Library on 02 4933 6952, visit or head to Maitland Taste this Saturday and Sunday at The Levee between 10.00am and 4.00pm