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Diversify your Garden Workshop

October 7, 2012 - October 7, 2013

| AUD69

The Seed Savers Network in conjunction with Permaculture Sydney Institute and local Sydney Seed Saving Groups offer this workshop to celebrate this fortnight of Action.  The one-day workshop with Jude and Michel Fanton will suit people wanting to diversify their garden, to add new dimensions to their diet and to teach seed saving to their children or in schools.

It will include species of lesser known plants, the self-seeding garden, saving seeds of annual and biennial crops, how to produce quality seeds, improving a variety by selection, local vs commercial “heirlooms” and how to use unexpected parts of familiar plants, thereby extending plant usage.

Local Sydney Seed groups are invited to come, swap and share seeds and produce as well as network and exchange information prior to the workshop between 9am and 10am.

About the Trainers

Since they established The Seed Savers’ Network twenty six years ago Michel and Jude have been directly involved with starting seed networks in forty countries, e.g., in the last twelve months Portugal, Spain, Malaysia, New Zealand, Lombok and Bali.

As they are absent for large chunks of the year they have devised strategies for returning to a neglected but fully productive acre in Byron Bay. Find out how they use intensive French and Permaculture methods to do this! They live off a self mulching food forest of more than 1000 perennial subtropical and temperate fruit trees, nuts, fibres, roots and vegetables and streamlined their large self-seeding and perennial vegetable garden. One of their shortcuts is to consume unusual parts of plants.

Michel and Jude constantly modify the content of their workshops. Although they have written three text books on the subject, they keep on learning everywhere they work and no two courses are the same.

All the workshops proceeds go to helping to start national and regional seed networks, mostly in indigenous cultures where subsistence farmers and their traditional food are endangered. They have seen up close the best sustainable methods from ancient and evolving Melanesian, Polynesian, African, European and Asian tribal agricultures.

Their best selling “Seed Savers’ Handbook” has been translated into five languages and their two documentaries “Our Seeds” and “Our Roots” have versions in Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, French and Pidgin English.

The Seed Savers’ Network’s current educational strategy is to produce film clips on the full range of Permaculture topics, and upload them to Seed Savers own Youtube channel. See the duo in the 993 of the clips they produced arranged in 39 playlists at youtube.com/seedsavers.

Workshop details

When: Sunday 7th October, 9am to 4pm (9-10am free exchange; all welcome, separate workshop starts 10am)

Where: Karonga School, Karonga Close (off Dent Street), Epping. Parking available. (20 mins walk from Epping Station).

Who: Jude and Michel Fanton: Australia’s leading seed saving experts, designers and educators in this field.

Costs and inclusions: A special price of $69 for the 10am – 4pm workshop in honor of the fortnight of action. This includes workshop fee, organic lunches, morning and afternoon teas and all course materials. (All the workshops proceeds go to helping to start national and regional seed networks, mostly in indigenous cultures where subsistence farmers and their traditional food are endangered.)

Bring: Hat; camera, water bottle. All other materials will be provided and included in the workshop fee.

Workshop Program

  • Increase your perennials: how to collect and propagate from cuttings, tubers, rhizomes, etc.
  • Adaptation of varieties to your garden
  • Wild food harvesting including weeds, fungi fruits and bamboo.
  • How to save your own seeds
  •  Seed and plant swap – bring some of your plants and seeds to swap.


October 7, 2012
October 7, 2013
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Karonga Special School
Karonga Close (off Dent Street), Sydney, New South Wales 2121 Australia
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