Seeding Victoria Inc manages a network of seedbanks to provide provenance based seed supply for revegetation projects throughout Central, South West and North West Victoria. We are a community not for profit, charitable organisation with a central board and steering committees for each regional seedbank.
Seeding Victoria is proud of its position as a nationally recognised leader in the field of provenance based seed supply. The strong quality control and data management procedures together with a program of best practice development ensure that the seed bank is able to deliver quality, appropriately sourced, genetically diverse seed for major projects.
Seeding Victoria services approximately 50% of the state and provides active support throughout the state and southern NSW. Rated highly on our criteria is the development of best practice, ethical sourcing and utilisation of seed and research to improve our knowledge, use and management of seed.
Staff at each of our seed banks are experienced in all aspects of indigenous seed supply and natural resource management as well as being skilled in financial management. Members of the executive committee are drawn from all sectors of the Natural Resource management field to ensure that the seed bank is actively engaged with the organisations and community groups that it services.
We have developed a wide network of collectors who we have worked with over many years to ensure that seed is collected ethically. This network of collectors extends to cover the entire organisation service area. It is the diversity of this network of collectors, from commercial operators to hobbyists and landcare groups that enables the seed bank to deliver diversity to the seed supply projects which it manages.
The seed bank creates a marketing body for seed collectors, whilst at the same time ensuring that the quality control parameters essential to deliver best practice to end users are maintained.
Sales – regions
Seeding Victoria seed banks service the North Central, Corangamite, Wimmera, Mallee, Upper Glenelg Hopkins and Upper Port Phillip Catchment Management Regions. We work together with other seedbanks to ensure supply for projects which may be in other regions across the state. Seed is available on our catalogue for general sales, or alternatively special project collection can be co-ordinated by arrangement.
Mission / vision
Seeding Victoria has grown from the Ballarat Region Seed Bank which was originally established with the mission to ensure that there was supply of provenance based seed for revegetation projects in the Ballarat and surrounding regions. Since then the organisation has developed ongoing relationships with research organisations to continually update and disseminate our collective knowledge of seed related matters. The seed bank is much more than a seed storage and collection facility. We have the ability to assist in Regional assessment of seed requirements for ongoing projects, including reporting, and the development of expression of interest proposals. We work with landholders and project officers in the development of seed production areas to ensure best practice application in the development and registration of seed production areas. Development of training programs to improve community knowledge in relation to seed supply, collection, provenance, seed production areas, cleaning and general natural resource management issues are a key function of our service delivery.
The Ballarat Region Seed Bank (BRSB) was established in 1994 at the Victorian Landcare Centre, Creswick. With its many years experience in the seed industry the seed bank has consistently demonstrated its ability to deliver appropriately sourced indigenous seed for revegetation works throughout the state.
We have worked with other organisations and seed banks over the years to continue growing and enhancing the delivery of provenance based indigenous seed supply across the state. In February 2009 the organisation changed its name to Seeding Victoria Inc to reflect the changing focus of the organisation.