The Kimberley Community Seedbank is a not-for-profit community enterprise that promotes good revegetation practices, supports conservation and management activities and provides an avenue for community groups to make an economic return. It is also a resource hub.
The Seedbank works with community groups including ranger teams to collect local seed and preserve the flora of the Kimberley. It was set up in 2015 by EK because Kimberley seed is under-represented in national seedbanks and provenance seed is in limited supply for revegetation projects across our region.
What we are doing
The project assists communities and local groups with support and training in, and information about, collecting, storing, cleaning and propagating viable native seed.
The Seedbank works with many Aboriginal groups and combines Indigenous ecological knowledge with Western science.
The Bardi Jawi Oorany (BJO), Nyul Nyul and Karajarri Rangers have been collecting seed from rare, endangered and culturally significant plants in order to rehabilitate degraded areas of their country. As well as using the Seedbank for the longer-term protection of plant species, the BJO women rangers are growing plants in their own nursery. There, the nursery and Seedbank work hand-in-hand to safeguard local plants against feral animals, invasive weeds, fire, development and climate change.
The Seedbank has facilitated seed-collection training for Aboriginal rangers on country and in commercial and educational settings, as well as practical work experiences in operating a commercial and community-based nursery and seedbank.
The Seedbank is also supporting ranger groups to develop business plans, initiate product trials and marketing to support seed sales.
Into the future
We are working towards becoming a self-sufficient enterprise that engages people to participate in and grow the regional conservation economy.
Our purpose is to grow and share knowledge of Kimberley plants, broaden community awareness of threats to biodiversity, restoration practices; and facilitate training and development opportunities across the Kimberley.
We will operate under sustainable harvest principles and professionally manage seed storage and sales.
We have collaborated with the Bardi Jawi Oorany, Nyul Nyul and Karajarri Ranger groups, Kimberley Land Council, Nyamba Buru Yawuru, North Regional TAFE, Nindethana Seed, Greening Australia, the Society for Kimberley Indigenous Plants and Animals, to provide coordinated support and ensure that viable, diverse-provenance seed is collected sustainably, and that seed is available and propagated successfully.