Over the past year, the Market Shed on Holland has become the place in Adelaide to meet on Sunday afternoon for organic coffee and gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian food.
Seed Freedom is a movement that aims to inform people about organic, local food and growing your own, as well as the worldwide need to save heritage seed and make it freely available.
Combined, the great venue and sheer goodwill of the participating seed swappers, produce swappers, organic growers and traders, and gardening enthusiasts, made for an energetic and inspiring event.
I was especially excited to meet John Butler from Heirloom Harvest, a new (at least to me) South Australian company selling traditional, heirloom, open-pollinated and organic vegetable seeds, many of which he produces on his property in the Adelaide Hills. I have been looking for a South Australian source of heirloom seeds for ages.
Although sorely tempted, I didn’t buy any of the fruit seedlings grown by volunteers and had to avert my eyes from the tomato seedlings (such gorgeous names – who wouldn’t want a Black Russian or Green Zebra in their garden?) because I have self-seeded tomatoes popping up everywhere.
The greatest benefit of the Seed Freedom Food Festival is knowledge and expertise shared and confidence gained in the gardening public. If just one novice gardener bought a tomato seedling, grows tomatoes, then saves some seeds for next year, then the Festival will have achieved its aim.
If you’d like to find out more about Seed Freedom’s commitment to seed diversity, visit their webpage.