The Biggest Little Farm is a multi-award winning, popular American documentary film, directed by John Chester and released in 2018.
It tells of the decision made in 2010 by John and his wife, Molly, to leave their old lives in Los Angeles behind and purchase an abandoned, 200-acre farm in Moorpark, California. Rechristening it “Apricot Lane Farms”, the couple spends the next seven years transforming the arid landscape into a fully functional farm and biodiverse habitat for neighboring flora and fauna. They face hardship as the difficulties of keeping a farm running mount up, culminating in frustration and anger, but also happiness at their harmonious relationship with nature.
Watch the official trailer here.
We are pleased to present this film upstairs in the Albury Library Museum
Wednesday 16th June
5.30 to 8pm
Free for SSAW current members but guests welcome at $4 per person
However, we require pre-registration for this film in order to manage the size of the audience allowed under COVID regulations. In order to register please email email@example.com
indicating the names of the people in your group and a contact phone number.
Saturday 10th October
AGM 11 to 11.30am
Seed Bank Opening 11.30am to 1pm
Brown’s Lagoon, Olive Street, South Albury
After that lovely rain and as the temperatures warm up again, our thoughts will be turning to planting our summer crops. And, just in time, SSAW is giving you the opportunity to access the seed bank!
We will have our AGM at 11am on Saturday 10th October, followed by the opening of the seed bank from 11.30am until 1pm. We will be holding these events in the covered picnic area at Brown’s Lagoon, Olive Street, South Albury.
Please consider attending the AGM. It is always short but it is a great opportunity to meet members of the Committee and show your support. You must be a member to vote.
You can view a list of the seeds currently in stock on our website but there should be more available on the day as members add new seed.
We hope that many of you will bring seed, cleaned or uncleaned, that you have saved from crops earlier in the year to deposit in the seed bank. Cleaning equipment will not be available due to COVID risk but you can deposit uncleaned seed to be cleaned by Committee members at a later date.
In order to follow COVID guidelines, we have to implement some extra procedures to keep everyone as safe as possible:
- Those who intend to attend the event should pre-register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, email address and phone number. This will give us the compulsory list of attendees which can be checked off at the event and therefore reducing contact with other people and sharing of pens etc.
- Those who wish to deposit seed, should, wherever possible, print and fill in a seed deposit sheet from our website prior to the event. This should be handed in on the day for a Committee member to collate.
- Similarly, those withdrawing seed need only to fill in the withdrawal sheet which will be available on the day. Members’ credits and debits will be added to their cards by Committee members at a later date.
- Hand sanitiser and wipes will be provided and must be used on registering and after handling seed packets, measurers, etc
- Safe distancing should be practised at all times. If the area becomes crowded, Committee members will control the flow of people.
- Masks are recommended in crowded situations.
Members who live in the Victorian bubble will need a Border Pass.
Membership is now due. Don’t forget to renew your membership online at our website.
Hope to see you soon.
Seed Savers Albury-Wodonga Inc.
Saturday 9th November 201
A few seedsavers and keen local gardeners braved the cold, windy weather and visited Pat and Ada’s farm at 13 Kibell Lane Beechworth, last Saturday. We had a nice hot cup of tea before our informative tour around the farm. Pat and Ada have been growing vegetables on their 27acre farm for the last three years. They are committed to producing healthy organic vegetables grown in humus rich soil, as they are certified Demeter Bio Dynamic in conversion growers.
This chemical free farming practice and the certification requirements are challenging and rewarding for Pat, Ada and their young family. They have worked hard growing green manure crops to improve their soil which was quite acid and depleted to begin with. In winter they sow fava and broad beans, vetch, clover, oats, and lupins which are cut and dug into the soil. In summer they grow sorghum, sunflowers, buck wheat and corn to help build up humus rich soil, rich in organic matter. They use mulch, hand weeding or use various hand tools to limit weed germination around their young seedlings.
Poor drainage in their fields was another challenge they had to contend with, constructing table drains to prevent waterlogging and adding mushroom compost and animal manure to improve the soil fertility. They erected a boundary fence that keeps rabbits, Kangaroos and wombats out. Red legged earth mites and hot and cold temperatures have been managed by covering emerging seedlings in the fields. In terms of water they have 10 megalitres of groundwater and 12 megalitres in surface dams to use for growing vegetables.
The rewards for Ada and Pat are evident in the vegetable boxes they sell at the farm gate. They supply vegetables to local restaurants and they sell open pollinated seedlings at local markets for home gardeners. So check out their website to shop online https://beechworthnaturalfarm.com.au or visit their farm. Pat and Ada are both genuinely committed to growing healthy organic food for their community.
Photo from Nick Taylor’s “Pedalling Forwards” blog.
Nick Taylor is a sustainability blogger on a pedal-powered tour around Australia. He recently passed through our area and joined in the Seed Savers Albury-Wodonga visit to the community garden.
Nick describes his adventure as ‘a bike journey in search of sustainability innovations and inspiration’ and he wrote a lovely piece about his visit to this garden with our group. Continue reading
Here are some other upcoming local events we think you might be interested in.
Follow the links (any orange text) for more information. Continue reading
Farm tour and seed saving workshop – take 2.
UPDATE: this event is fully booked!
The interest and response in the seed saving workshop and the guided tour of Black Barn Farm has been amazing!
If you missed out on a place, you might like to join our Seed Savers email list to hear of our next events. And to receive notification of upcoming Black Barn Farm events sign up for their seasonal updates or follow them on Instagram or Facebook. Continue reading
Our calendar of events for Seed Savers Albury-Wodonga this year is now available.
Click to view calendar as a PDF
There are a couple of dates we’re still locking in and we might also add to this line up if other opportunities arise.
We hope you’ll join us at some (or all!) of these events. Continue reading