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Gardening News


2017 Seed Savers Calendar

The 2017 Seed Savers calendar is now available. The calendar is celebrating useful flowers this year. Like the previous versions it has seed savers gathering dates and other local event dates as well as monthly planting guides.
This home-grown seed savers calendar is again $5 each for printed copies. They will be available at the SCPA stall at various markets until we run out.
The calendar is also available for free download from if you would like to print your own copy.


Garden of Eden Project

The Garden of Eden Community Project – which operates in the grounds of the Uniting Church in Chandos St – wants to expand its activities from one to three days a week.


But more volunteers are needed to help this vital community hub meet its aim.


"Our main objective is to support job seekers while cultivating both plants and skills to enhance employment opportunities," Pastor Pam Skelton said. Lunch is provided free or by donation, each Monday at 1pm.  "Plans are afoot to expand activities to include Tuesdays and Wednesdays," she said.  Activities will tie in with the monthly market and opportunities for other micro-businesses will be explored.


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer phone Pam on 6496 2501 or Sarah on 0423 926 734.

 Bega Valley Seed Savers website

Bega Valley Seed Savers is a volunteer group — part of a national network — that grows, saves, cleans, stores and distributes seeds of edible and useful plants. The group meets usually once each month at the SCPA market in Littleton Gardens, Bega.


Eden boasts a small group of seed savers, part of Bega Valley Seed Savers, in turn part of SCPA South East Producers. Why Save Seeds when you can buy a packet from a garden shop? By doing so we develop strains of plants especially fitted to our local area – we can have tastier Cabbage, Tomatoes, Carrots, and so on. BVSS is a group of volunteers who conserve naturally pollinated often Heritage varieties of seed for use in the local area, at the same time spreading them around.


EDEN Seed savers
How to start! People grow vegetables at home if they allow a few plants to flower and grow to seed with a few simple rules they can save those seeds, they are now on the way to joining in the Seed Saver Group.

The volunteers meet every fourth Friday 9am-12 at the Bega Markets, to save, sort, dry, store and share as well as package and distribute as many seeds as possible. Here in Eden packets of seeds are available at Sprout Eden and Nethercote Produce Markets. Mick and I try to keep up the stock. We want to hear from anyone who wants more information, or who would like to join us in Eden to grow, collect, treat, and package etc. these seeds.

BVSS have held a couple of workshops in Eden over the last couple of years with enough interest expressed, a couple of Volunteers could come and engage us in another one.