Grow your own food. We share locally adapted, open-pollinated, non-hybrid seeds, plants & knowledge for edible gardening

Diary Dates

Garden visit to Terry's garden in South West Rocks

Thursday 3rd of February 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

There's a big day planned for early February; we're trekking down to Terry in South West Rocks and getting two for the price of one, with a visit to Kimbo's garden as well!
Terry has been joining us now for a couple of years and now it's our turn to see what he's been up to down South
Terry says:
Previously, I had been living in Belongil near Byron for two and a half years.
During that time, I had joined Byron Permaculture group with Geoff Lawton where we would meet once a month, this would include group presentations, guest speakers, garden visits, farm visits and volunteer community projects.
I loved all that kinda stuff !
Turn the page to the Covid thing …. And, I have an elderly mother living on her own with little support, so I moved back and started doing up a separate flat, so I could continue the transition and support.
South West Rocks has a beautiful environment tho, lacks culture, diversity, difference and has a high aged demographic.
“How am I going to survive here ? I thought after 8 years away ? Answer rebuild community connections and activate new groups and align with like minds to create life. 
Thank you Bellingen seed savers for throwing me a lifeline ! You are an amazing group and this stuff is soooo important for health and community.
I decided to start a garden, it was  straight white sand, full sun and wind exposed with little to no organic matter, zero water holding capacity.
The other factor was not knowing how long I’d stay and what can I do to enrich life: mine, my mother's and others' ?
Answer, start a garden. 
Join Seed Savers.
Start Forest Ecology Alliance. 
Start Voices  of South West Rocks Community.
So, 20 months later its coming together, What I have tried to combine in the garden are visual aesthetics, bush foods, native legume species, fast carbon pathways, Bokashi, wildlife corridor habitat boxes, native animal refuge areas, endemic native plant species for biodiversity, water features, herbs, and fruit and vegetables.
Where I would like your help is in water site reuse and management and designing the new garden area ?
What I can help with is what I found successful in helping establish things in difficult areas.

We also plan to visit Kimbo’s garden he has been operating a double block 1000 sq mts super productive village garden that supplies many locals with greens on a daily basis, which is a hub for locals to call in and chat tell stories, swap things and purchase fresh locally grown produce.
Kim has been doing this off his own drive for probably 8 -12 years and it started just by wanting to grow a few things in his back yard.
What he has managed to do is miraculous, it’s so productive ! It’s a work of art right in the centre of town ! And it’s a gathering spot.Right on the spot where we would watch the local fishermen mend their nets when we were kids. Kim likes to keep things low key and simple and is humble about what he does, tho the value of this unique aspect is priceless. It's identity, it's culture, it's food, it's recipes, it's remembrances, it’s health.

What I hope may come from this get together is bringing the best to all areas along our coast and connecting people who wish to share a love for growing things and along the way build a tribe and enrich a community.
Oh, Im also having lots of fun bringing colour and doing some beach shack Reno's to this area as we most are experiencing coastal development growth it’s important to add visual options and embed growing knowledge I feel.


The plan is; meet up at Terry's 10am and travel to Kimbo's patch by 10.30am, back to Terry's for lunch and afterwards a look at/kayak on the lake in the arvo. Should be an action packed day!

If you are coming down with something, please do not attend the garden tour.

Coming? please click here to RSVP, to obtain the address and so we know who’s attending. Please RSVP even if you already know how to get there.

Organiser: Lisa O'Callaghan / or phone 0417 536 490

Seed & Plant Swaps

Tom would like to buy a native bee hive. If you can help him out or know of any local suppliers please email him by clicking here.

Phil would like to grow some Chipotle chillis. He also has a custard apple seedling and a starfruit sapling for anyone who's interested!. If you can help him out or like to have one of his young fruit trees please email him 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 Terry and Kimbo for being our next hosts and for Terry for writing the blurb.
Thanks to Jeff for the photos.
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.
Copyright © 2022 Bellingen Seed Savers, All rights reserved.

You can
update your email address
unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp