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.
Friday, 3 April 2020
Autumn plant fair 2020
had had nine days with rain leading up to the plant fair and the day
before the plant fair things fined up. We were lucky that the weather
was very kind to us on the day of the fair. The clouds gathering on the
horizon held off until Sunday and Monday when we again received a good
drop off rain. Darker clouds were also brewing, with the Covid 19 virus
threatening to shutdown ... Well just about everything.
The autumn Plant Fair was a bit blur for me - a joyful, busy one.
Familiar faces and new enthusiastic ones, this is such a positive
community to be a part of. People are really valuing the importance of
connecting with the earth and being a little more sharing & self
reliant. We got super lucky with both the timing & the weather - I'm
already looking forward to the next one!
This was our busiest Plant Fair in 11 years. Good weather and crowds of keen gardeners made the day a success.
Almost our entire stock of Autumn – Winter seeds were sold-out. The most
popular seeds were: lettuces, snow peas, pak choi, chillies, carrots,
rocket, coriander, spinach & chards, bok choi, tomatoes, marigolds,
basils, spring onions, nasturtiums, broccoli, wasabi lettuce, fennel,
mizuna, radish and all types of beans. We distributed our entire range
of plant material, nearly 70% of our stock of seed packets and a bundle
of Seed Savers Handbooks.
Our range of herbs, fruits and perennial vegetables were very popular,
including: Okinawa & Longevity spinach, Hawaiian sweet potato,
cassava, turmeric, sweet pineapple, aloe vera, strawberries, mint, lemon
grass and curry leaf.
Special thanks to all the seed and plant material suppliers, seed
cleaners, seed packers and the plant fair volunteers: Tara, Jeff H, Jeff
A, Gillian, Leela, Tim, Don, Phillipa, Nick, Merren, Chris, Rosemary
As always, an event such as this can-not go
ahead without a huge amount of work by volunteers. I'm sure I'll miss
some people, but Jeff has done a good job of listing everyone except two
of the most important people.
On behalf of the BSS I would like to thank Jeff for all the work he put
in behind the scenes managing our seed collection, printing labels and
just keeping stuff organised. Second I would like to extend our thanks
to Gillian as our plant fair coordinator and generous host for our seed
If anyone is interested in taking the role of plant fair coordinator for
the next plant fair, please send Gillian an email using the address firstname.lastname@example.org
A piece of history
Evelyn & Marc, the new owners/custodians
of David & Irene’s property at Spicketts Creek, presented this gift
of colourful zinnias. The zinnia’s, self-sown around the garden, are a
lovely memory of the founders of Bellingen Seed Savers.
The future is a little less clear amid the
current pandemic, but here are a couple of quotes that I think are
pertinent to current times:
“The future depends on what you do today.” Mahatma Gandhi
"With our long TODO lists around the home, we should see this as an opportunity!" Gillian