Seed Freedom Food Festival

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The Market Shed on Holland was the perfect place to hold the first Seed Freedom Food Festival in Australia.

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The organisers decorated the space beautifully with a myriad of plants, both practical and ornamental, as well as gorgeous bunting made from vintage materials.

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All the signs were created from found materials and seeds  were displayed in handmade clay bowls.

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The Seed Freedom Food Festival is affiliated with the Seed Freedom movement which has invited people and communities around the globe, to commit to Seed Freedom, Food Freedom and Earth Democracy from the 20th of September to the 20th of October, 2014. The compromising of seed sovereignty by companies such as Monsanto is creating a major crisis for agriculture and food security around the world; this is an issue both Jamie and I are passionate about, as readers of this blog would already know. More information can be found here and on the Global Alliance for Seed Freedom here.

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The festival itself aimed to celebrate, inform and inspire South Australians about organic food, local food, growing food, and the worldwide need for free heritage seed. There were speakers throughout the day discussing topics around the how’s and why’s of growing your own organic produce and saving seeds, plus really informative talks on sustainable agriculture, permaculture, and building community gardens. It was a truly inspiring event.

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There were many fabulous stalls selling organic produce, seedlings, seeds, and delicious organic food and drink.

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We had a refreshing green smoothie from the people at Garden Farmers.

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Had a quick chat to Nadja from Nadja’s Garden.

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And with volunteers from the SA Genetic Food Information Network. Plus we learnt about the Fair Food Adelaide group, a Friends of the Earth collective whose aim is to promote a fairer, more sustainable and resilient food system.

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We collected heaps of informative pamphlets from different stalls and swapped some seeds with the people from Seed Swap Australia.

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And bought some corn seed from the people at Heirloom Harvest; a South Australian based heritage, open-pollinated seed company. We plan on planting that later today!

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We were thrilled to hear Lolo Houbein author of One Magic Square talk about her inspirational book.

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It was this book that got us started on our own food security path five years ago.

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Even more exciting was speaking to her afterwards and sharing our garden story.

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She signed a copy of her newest book Outside the Magic Square for us.

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It seemed to us that the Seed Freedom Festival was a resounding success. It was great to be around so many like-minded people and hopefully those new to gardening were inspired to join the seed saving movement.

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About A Kailyard in Adelaide

A Kailyard in Adelaide! We are working hard to be domestically sustainable in the foothills of Adelaide. As we both work fulltime this is not an easy task, but we do our best growing much of our own produce in our yard and in our community garden plots. We reduce, recycle and reuse as much as possible and try hard to not consume mindlessly. We have 5000 l of rainwater, a 5 kw solar system, and use a green energy provider for all our excess needs. Rachel: Mother, partner, teacher, writer, reader, crafter, cook, gardener, artist. Jamie: Father, partner, lecturer, therapist, would-be-politician, gardener, photographer, music lover.
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10 Responses to Seed Freedom Food Festival

  1. Erin B says:

    Lovely! It was such a fantastic event, I was really impressed. I was a bit late arriving yesterday so I missed out on seeing Lolo which was a bit sad as her book also kick-started my interest in gardening. Looks like you had a lovely day. 🙂

    Cheers
    Erin

    • Rachel and Jamie says:

      It was great! So glad you went and had a good time also. It is a shame you missed Lolo, she is a lovely lady and was really touched when I told her that her book inspired us. Loved your photos, I only thought of blogging the event after the fact so some of mine are not the greatest. Thanks, Rachel 🙂

  2. Sarah says:

    What a great idea! I love the Market Shed on Holland and this festival sounds like a great way to learn from and share with the community. I hadn’t heard of the ‘One Magic Square’ book before so will have to check it out. Thanks for sharing this interesting and useful information! 🙂

  3. Wow, what an amazing event for a very important cause.

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  5. merrynsmenu says:

    Your garden is bursting with colour! From the colourful peas to the dahlias and everything in between, It is beautiful. I agree, pass on the hybrids 😀

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