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Seed packing at Gillian's in Fernmount

Both tables of seed packers
Thanks to Gillian who hosted the seed packing event, Jeff who kept us all organised, to the people who donated seed and to all the happy seed packers. 

After spending the previous few days with the threat of being blown away, the weather was very kind to us for the seed packing event. There was not even enough breeze for winnowing off the chaff!

Eighteen volunteers turned up, and with guidance from Jeff and other experienced seed packers, we cleaned and packed seed. Approximately 600 packets of seed were packed into small clip-lock bags. The number of seeds in each bag is determined by the size of the seeds. Purchasers will get a lot more carrot seeds than Madagascar beans.

Besides gaining knowledge on seed preparation, and sharing time and lunch with other seed savers, participants got to take home some seeds which we had excess of and some free produce that some generous members brought from their gardens. For example, John was offering Chaya tree spinach cuttings and Fiona brought a lot of New Guinea beans.

The next step is putting the clip-lock bags into envelopes and labelling them ready for the plant fair on March the 9th.
Table 1 of seed packers
Table 2 of seed packers
New Guinea bean from Fiona

Diary Dates

Seed labelling for the Autumn Plant Fair at Gillian's in Fernmount

TUESDAY March 5, 1.00pm - 3:00pm

Remember to seek out the sign-in sheet on arrival.
Please bring a snack plate to contribute to our quick shared afternoon tea

On Saturday March the 9th, Bellingen Seed Savers presents seeds (including these ones you can help label) and plants at a stall at the Bellingen Spring Plant Fair! In preparation, we will gather to label seed packets, and share  afternoon tea and plant knowledge.

We have about 600 packets of seeds to label. After that we can go into full on relaxation mode with afternoon tea and take in the beautiful view from Gillian's deck.

Only eight people are required for this event and places will be allocated on a first in, first served basis. Please RSVP if you can help, but if we already have eight participants you will receive a reply that indicates the event is fully booked.

If you are 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: Leela O'Callaghan or phone 0417 536 490
Bellingen seed savers raffle stall

Call out for Plant Fair Volunteers

The upcoming Autumn Plant Fair is on Saturday March the 9th.
Can you spare a couple of hours to help out on the stall? We need people to sell raffle tickets, plants, and seeds. You won't be left on your own! There are always at least 3 people rostered on at once. You don't need to be an expert - all the seeds are labelled, there are print outs of what to plant when and there are other people around to answer questions on plants you don't know.

10:00 to 12:00pm - 4 people for Mid-Morning Team

12:00 to 2:00pm - 3 people for Afternoon Team

All time slots are allocated on a first-volunteer-first-selected basis.

We also need donations of seedlings & raffle box items. Please bring along on the day or let us know if you're not coming and we'll arrange a drop off/collection.

If you can do it, please contact Gillian - by Email or phone 0481 317 281

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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.

Can you help?
Max is coming to the Bellingen plant fair from Taree, he would like to buy some:
multiplier leeks and topsetting leeks
If you have any propagating material for these and are happy to share, please donate it to our plant fair stall.
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. 
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