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Community Community Groups Seed Savers
Seed Savers
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Seed Savers
Wednesday, 15 September 2010


Find local plants from Local Seed Networks and Seed Savers' Handbook.

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Monday, 06 June 2011 by editor
Preserving Our Food Biodiversity

2 Workshops with Jude and Michel Fanton, founders of The Seed Savers Network

Sat 11th June Seed Saving Workshop

· Background to Biodiversity

· What Seeds to Save

· Purity and Production

· Selection and Collection

· After the Seed Harvest

Planting and planning

Sun 12th June Teaching Edible Biodiversity
· Teaching strategies for empowering facilitators and teachers

· Harvesting and cooking from the garden

· Suits teachers, parents. educators

Venue: The old Butter Factory, 1 Ascham St Ravenshoe
Times: 9.30 to 4.30
Cost: $60 for 1 workshop or $100 for both
Bring: Lunch to share, notepad and pen
Contact: Rob or Jules 40 977645
Booking is essential as places are limited

In 1986 Michel and Jude Fanton founded The Seed Savers' Network, a charitable institution that has conserved over 8500 varieties of food plants and devolved into a hundred Local Seed Networks around Australia.
They coordinate The Seed Savers' Network from one acre of bio-diverse food gardens in Byron Bay. Together they wrote “The Seed Savers' Handbook” with a distribution of over 30 000 in sixteen years, and a similar number distributed in other languages. They have produced two other books, “Seed to Seed: Food Gardens in Schools” and “Local Seed Network Manual” and maintain an extensive website.

Michel and Jude have travelled extensively in Third World countries to train and consult on the establishment and extension of community-based conservation systems for food plants, always with a biodiversity slant.
In recent years they have turned their hands to film and travelled to fifteen countries to document the guardians of diversity. They produced the one hour documentary “Our Seeds” and directed “Our Roots” in Vanuatu. They both have a target audience of Melanesian people, but appeal to all interested in the important issues around the genetic basis of our food.

Michel and Jude are passionate about caring for our soil, conserving biodiversity of useful plants and eating well. Their garden has over 800 perennial plants and an extensive vegetable/ herb/ flower patch.

Seed Saving Workshop

Michel and Jude Fanton

Background to Biodiversity

• The importance of the choice of planting material

• The origins of plants

• From where do supermarket food varieties come?

• Chemical dependency, hybrids and genetically manipulated organisms

What Seeds to Save

• Heirlooms and historical varieties

• Local varieties – adaptation

• Arrivals with immigrants

• Connect with what you eat

Purity and Production

• Pollination – self and cross-pollination

• Annuals, Biennials and Perennials

• Keeping a variety pure – isolation in time, by distance, and by artificial means

• Plants that are vegetatively reproduced

Selection and Collection

• Criteria for selection

• When to select

• How many to select

After the Seed Harvest

• Cleaning & Drying

• Seed-borne diseases

• Storing

• Germination testing

Planting and Planning

• The self-seeding garden

• Leaving plants to go to seed

• Community seed banking

The Seed Savers' Network is a community based organisation that was founded in 1986 to preserve the genetic diversity of tomorrow's food through community education and a grass roots network of farmers and gardeners. There are around one hundred subsidiary groups, Local Seed Networks across Australia.

It has an overseas training programme with networks established in places like Solomons, Cuba, Afghanistan, India, Tonga and Cambodia. Three books and a documentary are available on our website,


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