Denmark’s seeds of success

Emma TaylorThe Advertiser
TAFE horticulture lecturer Karlee Bertola and Denmark Seed Library officer Nicola Shaw.
Camera IconTAFE horticulture lecturer Karlee Bertola and Denmark Seed Library officer Nicola Shaw. Credit: Denmark Library/Denmark Seed Library

The new Denmark Seed Library is blooming, with free vegetable and herb seeds finding their way into gardens in the community.

Starting with seeds collected annually at the local TAFE’s certified organic garden, library members are encouraged to “borrow” seeds from the town library.

After taking them home, people are encouraged to enjoy their harvest and then return some clean, dry seeds back to the library for future circulation.

TAFE horticulture lect-urer Karlee Bertola, TAFE students and library staff collected and sorted 16 varieties of seed including heirloom varieties of tomatoes, pumpkins and beans, and lesser-known varieties such as daikon radish, kohlrabi and buckwheat.

Library officer Nicola Shaw said the program made growing herbs and vegetables accessible.

“Joining the library is free for residents and there is a wealth of relevant information available at the library for the keen gardener, as well as the actual seeds, which form part of the seed library,” Ms Shaw said.

Since the library’s launch in November, more than 130 packets of seed have been borrowed by 60 members.

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