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Bellingen Spring plant fair cancelled

The spring plant fair for 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID 19.

Although the Bellingen plant fairs have been our key distribution outlet for our seeds and other propagating material, cancellation of the plant fair does not cancel our need to distribute seed. Therefore, we will be having a seed packing day on the 3rd of September (see below), followed by seed labelling the following weekend.

If you have seeds, please contact Jeff by email:

You don't need to attend the seed packing day to donate seeds and vice versa, but if you want to do both: Thank you!

Diary Dates

Garden visit to Shambaba Retreat

Saturday August 29th, 11:00am-2:00pm

'Shambaba Retreat', formerly known as 'The Old Satyananda Ashram, is now home to a new Bellingen Shire family. They have taken on 12 acres of bushland and established gardens (both ornamental and productive) in beautiful Glennifer. Set up now to operate as a retreat and education centre, they would love to share with us the beauty of the property, and discover more about productive growing in this unique, gorgeous part of the world.


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 packing at Susan's

Thursday September 3rd, 1:00pm-3:00pm

We have a big September planned!
Bellingen Seed Savers are planning to distribute seeds and plant materials from a stall in the Wednesday Bellingen Farmers and Producers Market (now near the tennis courts), in a yet to be announced week later this September.
Susan in Urunga has offered to host for the seed packing day. Some of us visited her lovely new house and garden last year. We would like to get a busy group packing and chatting, with afternoon tea.


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


We gave away a copy of the Seed Savers Handbook at the Dreamtime garden visit. 

Omshree was the first ticket drawn from the hat, but as he already had a copy of the Handbook, he kindly donated the prize for a second draw. 

Michele from Valla Beach was the lucky recipient of the prize. Hopefully, there will be hours of happy reading that translates into more seed saving.

Seed & Plant Swaps

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.

Lindy is looking for Yakon; rabbits ears lettuce seeds. She can be contacted by email:

Can you help? Please contact the person directly.


Thanks to Leela and Jeff for sourcing the material for this newsletter and our generous upcoming hosts.
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.
Bellingen Seed Savers Chatter is our Facebook group where we can talk and talk and talk on all things seed savers and edible gardening. is our website.
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