The Seed Library is a Kura | school-led community initiative providing free or gold coin donation for heirloom/seeds. As part of the Tamariki’s learning, they became excited about how important seeds are. How they connect us to our cultures, ecologies, histories, and languages. The Tamariki learned that seeds can disappear, and if this happens, we lose valuable resources to replace crops that have been wiped out by disease or disasters.
The vision was to build a seed library; it would not only allow the community to “borrow” seeds to plant with whānau. But, as a school, can build community seed reserves focusing on indigenous Māori and heirloom varieties. Therefore, those who join can try traditional gardening at a lower cost, practice sustainable living, encourage and preserve biodiversity, enable community resilience, and help preserve and restore our local taonga species.
We have successfully secured funding and have built the seed library. Therefore we are starting from scratch with regards to running the new initiative and are looking for a number of voluntary positions; Seed Library Coordinator and Seed Library Assistants. The roles will be instrumental in forming the seed library, how it is managed and to keep it organised during the week/ weekends and accessible on a Saturday (10-12) at the school stall at the Farmers Market. The volunteers will be working alongside Tamariki seed librarians. A knowledge of seeds, general gardening and spreadsheets is preferable for the lead role.
Tasks and Responsibilities
– Trimming seed sleeves
– Separating and cleaning seeds
– Labelling seed sleeves
– Putting seeds into envelopes
– Labelling seed envelopes
– Filling seed sleeves with contents
– Cutting seed-saving cards
– Organizing the seed cabinet
– Making mini envelopes for tiny seeds
– keeping the database updated
Please pick up the phone and chat to Pip or flick her an email.