Gawler Seed Swap

Gawler is blessed to have some pretty active and community minded gardeners. There’s a lot of private sharing of bits and pieces going on and some more public activities too.

The seedbank outside of the GEC office.

Gawler is pretty famous for its Garden and Produce Share which usually runs on a Saturday morning. It’s on hold at the moment because of the Corona virus situation but I’m sure that everyone will be back at Pioneer Park the first chance they get. The ‘Share’ is an initiative of the Transition Gawler group and has taken on a life of its own over the past few years. It’s probably Gawler’s most successful resilience initiative yet.

As an offshoot of the Garden and Produce Share, Gawler now has two seed banks. Yes two!

The first is run by Manda Lake and it is strictly local heirloom varieties, catering more towards gardeners who know what they are doing. Seeds are just in a pretty seed packet with only the variety name and enough seed for a family to grow that variety of plant. There are no instructions with these packets.

This bank travels to Garden and Produce Share on most Saturdays but of course, is restricted of late.

Seedbank instructions

The second seed bank has been started by Vicky Schreiber. It has a permanent home (while their funding continues at least) at the Gawler Environment Centre (GEC) which is in the Council building on High Street. The seed bank outside of the GEC office when they are open and next to the Grow Free Cart.

You are free to take whatever you need from the seed bank whenever the GEC is open. Seeds in this bank are not necessarily heirloom or organic but do come with planting instructions. This bank caters more for anyone learning to grow plants.

If you have seeds of your own to contribute, there is a deposit drawer for them but you are asked to please label them and explain as much as possible about the seeds being deposited.

There you go – another great initiative started by regular folks to help everyone out. What could be better, especially in these times of global heating and pandemics. It’s nice to know that folks are looking out for each other.

A family with a garden near Gawler where we experiment with sustainability.

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