Types of pollination, Hybridisation and Seed Viability

Ever wondered why your butternut pumpkins are round and striped or why your capsicums taste as hot as chillies? Or why nothing grew from the seeds you sowed?
This session discusses cross pollination, open pollination, hybrid seeds and seed viability. .
Seed Bank open for seed withdrawal and deposit.
Wednesday 14th April
6.00 to 8.00pm
Harry’s Hut, Brown’s Lagoon, Olive Street, South Albury

All about Compost and a visit to a Community Garden

About 35 people participated in a practical demonstration and discussion of compost making with Chiara Cass from Seed Savers Albury Wodonga and Frank Johnson from the Billson Park Community garden  at the community garden on Saturday 27th March. The given information and the enthusiastic discussion that followed was much appreciated by all present. It was also an opportunity to stroll around this new community garden- which is looking very impressive- and to chat with the gardeners during morning tea.
Thank you to Chiara and Frank for facilitating the program and to Frank and the community gardeners for allowing us to use their facility.

A summary of  the information from the day on creating rich compost at little expense is available here.

SEED BANK OPENING : Wednesday 11th November 6pm to 8pm

Brown’s Lagoon, Olive Street, South Albury


With the continued rain and mild temperatures, it is still perfect time to be planting seed of many summer crops. Our seed bank reopening on the 10th October attracted many enthusiastic seed savers and gardeners but there is still a healthy supply of seed to be withdrawn.
Take advantage of the longer day and, hopefully, the lovely evening, to visit us outdoors at Brown’s Lagoon between 6 and 8pm.

Please 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 seedsaversalburywodonga@gmail.com 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.

We have simplified the withdrawal and deposit form filling process to minimise COVD risk.

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.

Please do not attend if you are not well or have been tested for COVID19  or visited a COVID high risk area within the last 14 days. 

Masks are recommended in crowded situations.

Members who live in the Victorian bubble will need a Border Pass.

VISIT TO BEECHWORTH NATURAL FARM

SATURDAY 9TH NOVEMBER

Certified Demeter Bio-Dynamic In-Conversion. Fresh seasonal produce grown to the Australian Standards for Organic and Bio-Dynamic Produce. We are committed to building healthy soil so that we can produce healthy food for you.

Saturday 9th November
1.45pm for a 2pm start.
Parking on site, come in the first gate.

Farm tour with owners, Ada and Pat, then communal afternoon tea then optional working bee. Working bee will depend on the farm activities but could include transplanting, mulching, trellising etc. BYO gloves, rest of equipment supplied.

BYO afternoon tea supplies. The site is basic, Ada and Pat are living in a caravan with two
small children. So there will be no fancy tea and coffee facilities! Composting toilet.

There will also have some seedlings available from their nursery – mostly open pollinated except a few varieties that are hybrid seed due to yield, faster ripening and in one instance flavour.

Ada would like an idea of numbers so we ask that participants register via karralm@tpg.com.au to obtain the address and directions.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Event : Improving your soil with compost!

With all the excess grass growth, this is a perfect time to make compost for your garden. Learn what it does for the soil and how to make it.
There will be an opportunity to test the pH of your soil so bring some small samples.
Wednesday 23rd October 6.30 to 8pm at the SAC on the Causeway.
Seedbank open for withdrawals/deposits. Ideal time to grab some seed!

How to create a habitat garden

All welcome – 17 September

Hear Sue Brunskill, horticulturalist and co-author of Garden Guide for Albury Wodonga, share her tips on creating a wildlife-friendly garden. She’ll discuss designing for lower maintenance and water use, creating microclimates and how to attract native birds, lizards and pollinators.

Hosted by Gardens for Wildlife Albury-Wodonga and Seed Savers Albury-Wodonga.

Attendees will have the opportunity to access the seed bank after Sue’s presentation.

When: Tuesday 17 September, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Where: Sustainable Activity Centre, Gateway Village, 1/44 Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga. View on google maps.
Cost: Free

Film Night: ‘Seed, The Untold Story’

Back by popular demand! Seed Savers Albury-Wodonga will again screen the film “Seed, the Untold Story”.
Our previous event featuring this film (two years ago) was very popular. Come along if you missed it or to watch again!

When: Thursday 22 August, 6:30pm start for film screening, at the Sustainable Activity Centre, on the Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga. Map.

We will also have our Annual General Meeting before the film and members can access the seed bank. Continue reading

Visit to the Albury Wodonga Community Farm

Community Farm Visit, 3 May

Seed Savers Albury-Wodonga will visit this large organic market garden that produces vegetables and herbs not readily available locally. Tilak will lead the tour showing us how the multicultural gardeners save seeds and market their organic produce direct from the community garden.

When: Friday 3 May, 10am – 11:30am

Where: Bhutanese Community Farm, 150 metres off Lemke Rd, Gateway Island,  Wodonga. View on google maps.

Free event but RSVP required by 3pm, Thursday 2 May. Please email seedsaversalburywodonga@gmail.com if you plan to attend. Continue reading

Pollinator Insects in your Garden

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Pollinators session at the Bungam Community garden, 7 April.

Find out more about the pollinator insects in your garden at this workshop. Australia has lots of wild pollinator insects that are often overlooked.

When:            Sunday 7 April, 2pm – 3pm
Where:           Bungam Community Garden,
605 Englehardt St, Albury. View map. Continue reading