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Garden visit to David Pepper's food forest

David's garden in its spring guise was an uplifting experience. The ramble through the productive forest with our host was punctuated by pineapples and macadamias. We sampled familiar and novel citrus varieties, then Leela had a lively encounter with a bull ant, but no hard feelings (after about 10 minutes 😂).
The cooks among us delivered again, for a sumptuous table of goodies under the familiar mulberry tree.


Thanks to David for hosting and to all who attended for a great afternoon.

Seed labelling at the Old Butter Factory

The seed cleaning and bagging workshop at Susan’s place on 3rd September produced over 850 bags of seed. Of those bags, 644 mostly Spring – Summer seed varieties, were labelled and packaged at the workshop on 28th September. This boosted our seed stocks to over 1,100 packets and 93 different varieties.

Many thanks to our generous seed donors and industrious packing volunteers.

Bellingen Farmers & Producers Markets

Wednesday, 30th September, 2.30pm - 5:30pm
Our stall at the “Bellingen Farmers and Producers Market” proved to be very popular, greatly exceeding our expectations. 81 different varieties of mostly Spring – Summer seeds were distributed.

Tomatoes topped the list; the favourites were: Beams Yellow Pear, Red Cherry and Thai Pink Egg. These were followed by seven different varieties of chilli, climbing spinach, True Gold sweet corn, Thai baby corn, Bull horn capsicum, Mad Hatter capsicum, Mongolian sunflower, Bohemian sugar pea, eight different varieties of climbing beans, basils, lettuces, cucumbers, spring onion, mini-blue popcorn, coriander, rosella, pumpkins, rockmelons, okra, African marigold, eggplants, pigeon pea, wasabi lettuce, radish, squash, melons and various herbs.

Thanks to Gillian, Jeff A, Jeff H, and Leela for running the stall.

Diary Dates

Visit Misthaven with Emily and Stuart

Tuesday October 20th, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Emily has written a description to give a taster of what can be expected:

Stuart  and myself moved here 25 years ago wanting to escape the city and suburban living. We both loved gardening so we researched locations that appealed to us. The Nambucca Valley seemed ideal and affordable so we bought and settled onto our new venture; a 10 acre property with dreams of establishing gardens and orchards on the empty block. We initially planted an olive grove but ended up removing them as they just struggled to survive the pests and humidity. Now we have pecans and macadamia trees. Busy at the moment shelling the nuts we harvested earlier in the year. 

We look forward to showing you around 'Misthaven'. Incidentally we named our place 'Misthaven' due to the magnificent misty mornings that we experience regularly.

After the garden tour, there is the promise of afternoon tea, with home made goodies!

Numbers of course will have to be limited, so RSVP to grab a place, then details and directions will be given to successful respondents. Please keep in mind the concerns of current times for the good of all.


Coming? RSVP to obtain the address and so we know who’s attending, even if you already know how to get there.
Organiser: Leela O'Callaghan or phone 0417 536 490

Seed & Plant Swaps

Jodie Wright is looking for a crookneck butternut-type pumpkin. If you can help, please phone Jodie on: 6657 1958
 Jeff is wondering if anyone has spare rhubarb crowns they'd be happy to part with. If so you can contact Jeff by email by clicking here.
Are you looking for particular seeds or plants? Do you have an abundance of something to give away?
Email in to for your search or offer to be put in the newsletter in this section.


Thanks to Leela, Jeff and Emily for providing the material for this newsletter and our generous upcoming hosts Stuart and Emily.
When donating or sharing seeds, please email in the seed information so we know what we have (click the link, the email has the questions ready to fill out)

Or fill in this PDF form. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill this out digitally. Remember to save each seed info as a separately named file!
Or print it out and fill it in by hand. 
Check out the Bellingen Seed Savers blog for recipes, local growing information, Diary Dates and garden visit photos.
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