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

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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

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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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