SAGE Moruya Seed Saving Workshop Sunday 7 April 2019 | 12noon – 4pm SAGE garden – 110 Queen Street Moruya
Above: The presenter, Julie Davies
In this four hour workshop be prepared to get your hands dirty while learning: Plant basics (including pollination methods) Seed growing Seed harvesting Seed processing Seed storage Seed saving groups (how to contribute or run one) The presenter,Julie Davies, is an experienced facilitator and member of the Bega Valley Seed Savers. Julie facilitates many different courses and workshops including permaculture, Transition Towns, sustainability, backyard design and food growing, as well as seed saving. Julie has worked as a trainer and assessor in adult education for seven years and is currently employed as a part time TAFE teacher. Julie believes in the power of learning and designs her workshops to be dynamic, interactive, inclusive, practical and creative. This workshop is a practical, fun and accessible way for all vegetable growers to learn the essential knowledge and skills for saving their own seed. Over 98% of Australia’s vegetable seeds are imported. Our small seed industry makes us vulnerable to the uncertainties of increasing climate change and regulatory interference with imported seeds, such as we are currently experiencing with changes to laws around importing organic seed. In spite of the growing interest in home gardening and organic agriculture across Australia, we are still facing the very real threats of losing diversity in our food and potentially, food security itself, as the choices for the seeds we use to grow our food are reduced. Saving your own seed is a gift of self reliance – a gift you can then share with others to help make your local community more resilient and food secure. Not only that, your seeds are conditioned to your local climate and landscape, making each generation genetically stronger and increasing yields, the way nature intended. Learn to be more self sufficient and what it means to be part of a seed saving group. The workshop caters for all people who have an interest in growing vegetables and seed saving, from novices through to the experienced. Please note that this workshop concentrates on seed saving for vegetable growers, though some of the principles also apply to saving seed for other plants. You can get started in seed saving by attending a seed saving workshop with Julie at the SAGE Garden on Sunday, April 7. SAGE members $50 or non-members $60. Bookings on the website at sageproject.org.au or call Sandra on 0439 032 038.