Seedling market sprouts

Mary Nugent, a founding member of the community garden, with some seedlings. 223120_05

By Danielle Kutchel

Green thumbs looking to expand their collection of flora have a new local option with the opening of Future Seeds Nursery.

Future Seeds Nursery is a Pakenham-based micro-nursery growing vegetable, herb and fruit seedlings for local farms, schools, community groups and home gardeners.

The initiative began in June 2020 thanks to funding received from Ripe for Change, a community grants program delivered by Sustainable Table to help meet the rising demand for quality, organically-grown and culturally-appropriate seedling stock in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

The micro-nursery uses organic practices to grow the seedling stock and offers a broad range of crops. While not certified organic, only materials which are approved for certified organic production are used.

Seedlings are available for purchase by home gardeners at the Twilight Seedling and Produce Market each Friday at the Pakenham Community Garden (next to Living and Learning Pakenham) from 4pm-7pm.

The final market for 2020 will be held on Friday 18 December.

In 2021, markets will resume on a monthly basis starting on the 3rd Friday of the month, from February onwards. Online sales will also be possible in the new year.

Seedlings are also grown to order at wholesale prices for schools and farms. Please send Max an email at Max@Livinglearning.org.au for more information.

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