Join Jude and Michel Fanton, Australian pioneers of seed saving networks, skills and knowledge, for a hands-on day of seed saving know how.
This workshop will suit anyone interested in best-practice seed saving for their home and community, as well as anyone wanting to learn more about the ongoing challenges of seed sovereignty that face communities across the globe.
This practical workshop will take you through the details of basic seed saving in the hands of the experts, covering:
Students are encouraged to bring seed material with them to this workshop, as we will be actively going through the many stages of seed saving throughout the day.
This unique day is also an opportunity to learn from Jude and Michel the many challenges facing seed sovereignty across the globe, and what strategies communities are putting in place to save their locally adapted varieties
All proceeds from this workshop will go towards community seed network projects, as part of Milkwood's fair share charter.
We also are offering a number of scholarship places for this event to ensure access for everyone, so please get in touch if needed. And if you can afford it, please pay up as your fee will fund future seed sovereignty goodness.
To keep overheads for this event low, we ask that you book online via credit card using the ticket form below. Direct deposit + cheque payments are not available for this workshop. Thanks!
About the teachers:
In 1986 Michel and Jude Fanton founded The Seed Savers' Network, a charitable institution that has conserved over 8500 varieties of food plants and devolved into about a hundred Local Seed Networks around Australia. They coordinate The Seed Savers' Network from one acre of bio-diverse food gardens in Byron Bay.
Together they wrote “The Seed Savers' Handbook” with a distribution of over 33 000 in nineteen years, and a similar number distributed in other languages. They have produced two other books, “Seed to Seed: Food Gardens in Schools” and “Local Seed Network Manual” and maintain an extensive website.
Michel and Jude have travelled extensively in Third World countries to train and consult on the establishment and extension of community-based conservation systems for food plants, always with a biodiversity slant.In recent years they turned their hand to film and travelled to fifteen countries to document the guardians of diversity.
They produced the one hour documentary “Our Seeds” and directed “Our Roots” in Vanuatu. They both have a target audience of Melanesian people, but appeal to all interested in the important issues around the genetic basis of our food.
They have filmed over 700 clips in their gardens and travels and have uploaded them to Seed Savers channel, youtube.com/seedsavers
Michel and Jude are passionate about caring for our soil, conserving biodiversity of useful plants and eating well. Their garden has over 800 perennial useful plants and an extensive vegetable/ herb/ flower patch.
Our Sydney course venue is Alexandria Park Community Centre, set in the grounds of Alexandria Community School, on the corner of Park Road and Power Avenue. This amazing place has multiple thriving community gardens, school gardens, a bush tucker garden and outdoor classroom learning areas. Venue MAP.
Getting there by Train: The venue is 15 minutes walk from Redfern Station. Take the Gibbons St exit and continue south. Gibbons St will become Wyndham St, and soon you will reach Alexandria Park on your right. Cut through the park to the corner of Park Rd and Power Avenue, and there you are. Cityrail website.
Getting there by Bus: The 370 and 355 bus routes run along McEvoy St, one block from the venue. Sydney Buses website.
Parking: There is ample street parking around the school.
Plan your trip to Alexandria Park Community Centre with the interactive map below:
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Prior to attending your course, you might like to take a look at our ever-expanding reading list,a bunch of recommended and practical texts on Permaculture, sustainable agriculture and community resilience.
None of these texts are pre-requisite for our courses, we just like to
be able to provide suggestions on background reading, in case you're
champing at the bit to get going.