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 Abundance comes home from the previous seed sharing event. Local resident Paul Crebar and wwoofers, Alice and Curro. Photo courtesy Paul Crebar
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The Byron Hinterland Seed Savers along with Nude Your Food are hosting a garden seed and plant giveaway at Starseed Gardens, Byron Bay this coming Saturday June 7.

The seed sharing event is touted by Paul Crebar from Nude Your Food as ‘actively working toward food security and biodiversity.’

Paul says that locals who enjoy the challenges and satisfaction of gardening at home, and those who are looking for an easy way to start with well-adapted varieties will have a great time.

There will be more than 40 varieties of locally adapted seeds, cuttings, tubers and plants to be given away by local gardeners and seed savers.

Varieties to be given away include locally adapted yarrow, yams, arrowroot, Brazilian Spinach, tumeric, ginger, parsley, basil, plantain and mugwort.

Gardeners who have experienced limited success growing certain plants might be using a variety that is suited to a different climate.

Those attending are encouraged to bring some seeds or plants of their own and some finger food for sharing, as there will be a community picnic.

Starseed Gardens is a large food and medicinal plant growing area, which cultivates some rare varieties like Mexican Sunflowers.

They have fruit and vegetables, flowering trees, ‘food forests’, and an area dedicated to producing bio-fuel.

Paul Crebar told Echonetdaily that Starseed Gardens currently ‘are also growing grasses which absorb the chemicals leaching from land-fill.’

Starseed Gardens is a family-friendly environment and has been set up for all weather conditions should it rain on the day.

Plants that grow well in the local area are always in demand with gardeners who want good returns on their time spent in the garden.

The Event begins at 11am and will also feature a tour of Starseed Gardens – 60 Yagers Lane Byron Bay (off Skinners Shoot Rd).

Watch: A biochar workshop from Starseed Gardens. Video: Sharon Shostack


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