About Bellingen Seedsavers

We are a group of like-minded growers of edible and useful heritage plant varieties in the Bellingen area of northeast New South Wales, Australia.

Our climate varies from frost-free coastal areas to inland river valleys and highlands with frosts. Bellingen has an average annual rainfall of 1507ml.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

The Guardian: Permaculture in Malawi

Permaculture in Malawi: using food forests to prevent floods and hunger

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Permaculture projects in Malawi are developing sustainable food systems. It is time the development sector took this ‘marginal hippy movement’ seriously

African Moringa and Permaculture Project’s household permaculture gardens

Monday, 18 December 2017

Phil Dudman spoke on Pruning and Propogating Fruit Trees at The Fernmount Food Forest


Twenty Bellingen Seedsavers had an excellent guest speaker experience when  Phil Dudman (writer and presenter from the Organic Garden and ABC Garden Show) visited the Fernmount Food Forest to speak on Fruit Tree Pruning and propagating and much more.


On the screen: A commercial fig tree farm with low pruned trees


The message most of us took away was to prune the main structure of fruit trees down to an easy pick level and that means with some trees, figs and mulberries for instance, down to waist high. What a great idea!








Straggling down the main path.

Red Pentas and Copper Bush

We were lucky to have a large, cool room.

Phil's presentation entertained us all.

Phil ready to leave with his 'goodies'.

Seedsavers gathering on the verandah
We always finish or start with food we bring, especially food we have grown.
Various pics from the Fernmount Food Forest






The Golden Grumichama was fruiting and provided a new taste experience for many seedsavers. The cherry-sized fruit is very sweet with a cherry sized pip. The fruit will not travel well because it bruises easily so picking and eating from the tree is the best way to experience the fruit. 



Crinum pedunculatum - Wikipedia


A white Guava in full flower.

Ready to pick

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