The organisers decorated the space beautifully with a myriad of plants, both practical and ornamental, as well as gorgeous bunting made from vintage materials.
All the signs were created from found materials and seeds were displayed in handmade clay bowls.
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.
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.
There were many fabulous stalls selling organic produce, seedlings, seeds, and delicious organic food and drink.
We had a refreshing green smoothie from the people at Garden Farmers.
Had a quick chat to Nadja from Nadja’s Garden.
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.
We collected heaps of informative pamphlets from different stalls and swapped some seeds with the people from Seed Swap Australia.
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!
We were thrilled to hear Lolo Houbein author of One Magic Square talk about her inspirational book.
It was this book that got us started on our own food security path five years ago.
Even more exciting was speaking to her afterwards and sharing our garden story.
She signed a copy of her newest book Outside the Magic Square for us.
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.