Sowing seeds of goodwill

The Macedon Ranges Seed Savers are delivering 100 seed starter packs for free for locals to fill their garden beds or start a veggie patch. Pic of Kylie Swain with some seed starter packs. Photo by Damjan Janevski. 206880_01

Jessica Micallef

From little things, big things grow.

The Macedon Ranges Seed Savers group is providing free seed starter packs to locals who wish to create a vegie garden in their own backyard.

Group creator and Woodend resident Kylie Swain launched the group in December last year with the Woodend library.

Since the establishment, Ms Swain has handed out about 150 seed starter packets. She said now was the perfect opportunity for people to get busy in their own gardens.

“Most of them [seed packets] have been donated in some way of form,” she said.

“People can have their own fresh produce their kids … and everyone can enjoy.

“There is a little bit of everything in the packets. There are raw beans, peas, coriander, parsley, red onion and turnips.

“Raw beans are really easy to grow. My kids pick them out of the vegie patch … and eat them all.

“It’s completely different than buying them from the shop.”

Special delivery instructions are provided to those who wish to pick up a seed starter pack. Ms Swain said gardening was a great activity for children who are out of school.

“You do have to care for a vegie patch as well. It gives them responsibility to look after it and look forward to something when there seems to be not a lot to look forward to during these tough times,” she said.

“If people are lonely or by themselves, it will give them something to do and then they have the bonus of having their own vegetables.”

To receive a free seed starter pack, email: