Organic seed is difficult to source and buy so learning how to grow and save your own might help. Castlereagh Seed Savers is holding a sustainable farming and seed growing expo March 29, 30 and 31 in Mudgee, New South Wales.
The event features Stuart Andrews from Natural Sequence Farming, Dr David Murray, a botanist, historian, expert in peas and beans and a foundation member of the Seed Savers Network, Martin DeLauney from a native food business, Rowena Petrie from commercial seed company Royston Petrie Seeds, which supplies Eden Seeds and The Diggers Club, herbalist Pat Collins and Colleen Oldman, who is an expert in propagating flowers. The weekend will also feature permaculture, olive and nut growing and beekeeping. It costs $50 a day or $90 for two days and includes meals and dinner on Saturday night.
Monday features a tour to Lowe Wines (certified with Australian Certified Organic), Royston Petrie Seeds and its tomato seed facilities, the Living Earth Nursery and Indigiearth. The Monday tour is free for workshop participants or $35. For more information call Dennis Grimshaw 02 6372 7904. The sustainable farming and seed growing expo is at the Stables complex, Market Street, Mudgee.