Seed savers visit RAD growers

Collage of photos from farm visit

Our visit to RAD growers

Our much-anticipated end of year excursion to RAD growers was a wonderful day out and a huge hit with those who attended. Erin O’Callaghan runs this inspiring small-scale farm enterprise at Bungowannah, just outside Albury.

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I’m taking the Local Harvest Challenge, will you?

Image of zucchini and pumpkins.

Garden produce, yes. But we’ve also got so many other great local harvest options.

By Karen Retra
As discussed at our gathering, I’m going to take the Local Harvest Challenge. It’s a national initiative encouraging people to make mindful food choices for a week (localharvest.org.au).

I’m not usually into food challenges, nor am I doing it because I’ve got all the answers, but because it’s a great excuse to re-examine where my food comes from. And whether my purchasing decisions are supporting the sort of food system I want, that meets my needs but also my values. It’s also a chance to celebrate the local food I’m already accessing as well as dedicate some time to find out about and try new options – which can sometimes get lost in the busyness of life.

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Wild Pollinator Count – What will you see?

euc_pollinators

There are more than 15 pollinators on this single flower (a Eucalypt) – including several native bee species, wasps, a fly and an ant.

By Karen Retra
Which pollinators visit your area? I bet you said bees, right?

European honey bees are great pollinators, but you might be surprised to hear they aren’t the only ones. Many other insects are pollinators too.

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First gathering for 2015: fruit fly a hot topic

Small but distinctive ... and with a huge potential to wreak havoc in the garden. It's a fruit fly.

Small but distinctive … and with a huge potential to wreak havoc in the garden. It’s a fruit fly.

Thanks to those who made it along to our first gathering for 2015 in February. We had an enjoyable evening chatting about summer seed collecting, and many attendees took the opportunity to deposit or take home some seed from our seed bank.

Our discussions as to members’ observations of the recent season in the garden were dominated by comments, questions and reflections on fruit fly (yes again, or is that still?!).

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