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Saturday at Lightstream in Lowana

Unfortunately the weather was not kind to us, so we had to cancel this event.

Hopefully, at some point in the future we can have a sunny day to visit and appreciate Judy and Andrew's beautiful property.

2021 for the Bellingen Seed Savers

This year has been another one where people have spent a lot of time at home, and many have either embraced gardening or doubled down on their efforts to grow food. The past two years has seen many people turning to locally produced seeds, often driven by the conventional seed supplies being overwhelmed by unpredictable levels of demand. We too, have at times been unable to supply the demand, but the future is looking bright for seed savers. More gardeners and more seeds being planted surely means more opportunities for seed saving!

The year we have organised the following events:

Garden visit to Mary’s garden in Emerald Beach

Seed packing at Karin’s

Seed labelling at the old butter factory

Autumn plant fair

Garden visit to Nick’s garden in Repton

Winter solstice with David in Gleniffer

Garden visit to Michele’s garden in Valla Beach (cancelled due to CoViD)

Seed packing at Karin’s (cancelled due to CoViD)

Spring plant fair (cancelled due to CoViD)

Seed sale at Bellingen Growers’ Market

Garden visit to Northbank Community Garden in Bellingen

Garden visit to Lighstream in Lowana with Judy and Andrew (cancelled due to wet weather)

Garden visit to Sue’s garden in Bellingen

I would like to thank all of the hosts for these giving up their time and sharing their properties for these events. A special acknowledgment to Michele, Karin, and Judy and Andrew who committed to hosting events and prepared for these events only to have them cancelled at the last minute.

I would also like to acknowledge all of the work going on behind the scenes by our many volunteers, especially the small group who are behind every thing that we do.

Finally, as the year comes to a close thank you all for your interest in growing your own food and saving seeds for your own gardening and if you have enough to share with others.

Diary Dates

Garden visit to Sue's garden in Bellingen

Saturday 11th of December 12:01 pm - 3:00 pm

Sue says:

As for a bit about myself and what my hopes are for the garden….

Well, I have been in Bellingen just 3 years. Born in Qld, but spent most of my adult life in Tassie. When my kids left home, and the State, I decided I would too and went to live and work in the remote NT for 6 years. Now here.

I am still working part time as a Community Palliative Care Social Worker, but contemplating transition into a life not in paid work quite soon. I have a life long interest, indeed passion for meditation, and for growing things.

My current garden has been determined a lot by existing trees and landscape shapings, including some grassed areas, though I am keen to reduce the grass to just a couple of areas. I want it to be beautiful as well as sustainably productive and able to feed me (and others), the birds and the bees. I am still working out how to garden in this climate.

I am inspired by permaculture and ideas of food forests. Though mine will never quite be that, and it is a work in progress, with much yet to do in my vision, I love being in it, and also welcome thoughts and ideas of the BSS group.

Sue's beetroot patties have wowed many of us at previous group meetings; here's a great opportunity for tips and tricks from the source.

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

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

Seed & Plant Swaps

Lynette would like to grow some horse radish. If you can help her out please email her by clicking here.

Are you looking for particular seeds or plants? Do you have an abundance of something to give away?
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Thanks to Sue for being our next host, writing the blurb and taking 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)

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