Next gathering: All about the Seeds

All about the Seeds

A spring session all about seeds

Our next Seed Savers gathering is an opportunity to access the seed bank – just in time for spring planting! Plenty of enthusiastic, like-minded gardeners will be on hand to discuss problems and share hints. For those with seed from autumn seed saving, seed cleaning equipment will be available.

A chance for those who have never collected and cleaned seed to learn how to do it.

When: Wednesday 3rd October, 6pm – 7:30pm
Where:  Sustainable Activity Centre, 1/44 Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga. Map.

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Wirraminna Visit

Wirraminna

At our next event: all about native plants and seeds.

Join Seed Savers Albury-Wodonga for a visit to Wirraminna to find out about their native seed production area and growing native plants in our region.

Where: Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre, Howlong Rd, Burrumbuttock.

When: Sat 25th August, 10am to 1pm
(but you’re welcome to stay longer or leave earlier if you wish)

Bring: attire to suit the weather; lunch and water bottle; gardening gloves if planning to help out.

Wirraminna is a 4 hectare former stock reserve, that has been developed and maintained by volunteers since 1995 to showcase native vegetation and wetlands on farms. It includes a large dam, wetlands, natural woodland and native garden beds. There’s also an education centre and lots of interpretative signs. Continue reading

Membership reminder (+ discount!)

Membership reminder

Discount: just $15 for a household for a year; helps to support our activities

Big thanks to those who have renewed or taken out a new membership at recent events!

Our membership year runs from 1 July to 30 June, so it’s renewal time. We’re offering our usual incentive, where those joining or renewing by the end of August do so for just $15 per household. After August the price will return to $20 per household – so be sure to catch this “special”!

How: Complete the online membership form (to ensure we have your current details for insurance purposes) and indicate if you are either paying electronically or will bring cash to one of our gatherings. Easy!
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Seed Bank Stocktake

Seed bank stocktake

Next gathering: Tues 17 July

It’s that time of year again already! We use our annual stocktake of the shared seed bank as a chance to see which seeds have been coming and going from our seed collection, as well as which ones we need to grow on to ensure they remain viable.

This year we’ll also be using this session as a way to ‘take stock’ of our group and activities. We’re keen to hear your thoughts for the direction of the group as well as what we get up to in the second half of this year. If you are keen to see us continue and thrive, please add your voice.

When: Tues 17th July, 6pm to 7:30pm
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Natural Garden Remedies (session notes)

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Hoverflies have many beneficial roles in our gardens. Photo: Karen Retra

Big thanks to Chiara Cass for facilitating our June gathering on this interesting topic. The evening was very well attended and we had lots of terrific discussion. Thanks to all who came along.

Below are some of Chiara’s notes. We also had many interesting conversations about related issues and potential solutions, some of which are also noted.

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Next event: Natural remedies for your garden

June 2018 SSAW

Next event: Mon 4 June

At our next get together, Chiara Cass, professional gardener and Seed Savers committee member, will lead our discussion of ways to avoid garden pests and diseases, as well as share a bunch of natural remedies to address those issues that might turn up!

When: Mon 4th June, 6:30 – 8 pm.
Where: Sustainable Activity Centre, Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga
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Seed Savers Event at Black Barn Farm in Stanley

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Visit to Black Barn Farm

By Roz Phillipson

Two months on from the promise of apocalyptic weekend weather in December when the farm visit was postponed, the day arrived for a re-try. Together with the Beechworth Food Co-Op, Seed Savers members took the opportunity to learn from Charlie and Jade about setting up a poly-orchard on permaculture principles. Continue reading