cardiCast 89 – Heather Macfarlane is growing seeds, people and communities with the Cygnet Seed Library

The Cygnet Seed Library is a community project in Tasmania’s Huon Valley. Hugh chats with Heather Macfarlane about the philosophy behind the project, how it works, and why the organisers chose to call it a “library” rather than something else. Conceptualised as a way to bring new and established residents of Cygnet together in a context of rapid gentrification, the Cygnet Seed Library became so much more when Covid-19 emerged. The Library brings community together, builds more resilience in to Cygnet’s food supply, provides social opportunities for all, and helps to frame our thinking around knowledge, culture, and economics.

The best way to save a seed is to grow it. And the best way to store a seed is to share it.

Heather Macfarlane

More about Cygnet Seed Library:

Cygnet Seed Library website

Cygnet Seed Library Instagram

Heather mentioned these books and people:

Cyndi Conner – Seed Libraries and other means of keeping seeds in the hands of the people

Robin Wall Kimmerer – Braiding Sweetgrass

Rowen White, Seed Keeper

You may also be interested in this article:

Robin Wall Kimmerer – Corn tastes better on the honor system


Recorded on unceded Mellukerdee and Wurundjeri country.
Edited on unceded Wadawurrung country.

Theme Music by Professor Kliq – ‘Work at night’, sourced from Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA licence.

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cardiCast episode 88 – Antje Dun, The Commons Social Change Library

The Commons Social Change Library is an online library providing resources in a variety of digital media to support the work of activists working to further social justice and environmental care. Antje Dun gives a brief history of the library and provides some insights into her day to day work as the Commons Librarian, as well as her fascinating and varied career in special libraries.

https://commonslibrary.org/about

https://commonslibrary.org/bill-moyers-movement-action-plan-and-four-roles-of-activism

Recorded in Naarm (Melbourne) on Wurundjeri land.
Edited on unceded Wadawurrung land.

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Music by Professor Kliq ‘Work at night’ Movements EP.
Sourced from Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons licence.



cardiCast episode 87 – Bec Muir

Bec Muir is a librarian, researcher, and advocate. By weekday she works as Manager, Libraries West at Victoria University (Australia). By night and weekend she is PhD candidate at Charles Sturt University. In this episode, Bec speaks with Hugh about her inspiration for becoming a librarian, how libraries can better serve those with “invisible” disabilities, and why she is passionate about practitioner research.

This episode contains a brief mention of suicide and mental ill-health. Please ensure you are in an appropriate head space and surroundings to listen.

Recorded in Naarm (Melbourne) on Wurundjeri land.
Edited on unceded Awabakal and Worimi land.

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Music by Professor Kliq ‘Work at night’ Movements EP.
Sourced from Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons licence.


cardiCast episode 82 – Kim Tairi

Kim Tairi is an indigenous, intersectional feminist and librarian. Her career spans more than 25 years in both Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. The Kaitoha Puka (University Librarian) at Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makaurau (AUT) she is Aotearoa’s first Māori University Librarian and a proud Nuku Woman.

In this episode, Kim speaks with Hugh about the challenges and opportunities of being an indigenous leader in a profession dominated by colonial knowledge structures and settler people. Kim shares some of her career history, and we even managed to sneak in a brief chat about personal style and fashion.

Recorded in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) and Naarm (Melbourne).
Edited on unceded Awabakal and Worimi land.

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Music by Professor Kliq ‘Work at night’ Movements EP.
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cardiCast episode 73 – Özge Sevindik Alkan

In this episode, Hugh talks to Özge Sevindik Alkan.

Özge was born in Turkey, grew up in America and lives in Australia. She holds an honours degree in Journalism from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Information studies from Charles Sturt University. She is the co-author of the children’s book Hijabi Girl. Özge is working on the sequels for Hijabi Girl in between running after her two young children and volunteering for the community organisation Big Group Hug. 

Find Özge on Twitter at @OzgeSevindik and Instagram at @ozgesevalk

Get your Muslim Writers Festival tickets at https://linktr.ee/therightpencollective and follow the hashtag #ozmuslimwritersfest on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Music by Professor Kliq ‘Work at night’ Movements EP.
Sourced from Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons licence.