The Seed Freedom Food Festival

The second annual Seed Freedom Food Festival was held last Saturday, 26th September!

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The core team of organisers, who have been meeting since March to make the festival happen, worked till the early hours of the morning to set up the space. And, along with an amazing group of volunteers, worked hard on the day to make sure everything ran smoothly.


Though all the hard work proved a bit much for some 🙂


It was a day of beautiful sunshine, much fun and laughter as people from all over Adelaide and beyond came together as a community to share knowledge, organic food, and the power of seed saving.


The festival was opened by a welcome to country.

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Followed by a speech given by the inspirational Keitha Young, the creator of our annual festival here in Adelaide.


Over 2,000 people came through the doors of the Market Shed on Holland to celebrate the festival with us.



Knowledge was shared at our workshop and speaker stages from a diverse range of presenters. These included:


Jude Fanton, who co-founded SeedSavers in Australia in 1986 gave a speech on global seed saving movements and a workshop on seed saving.


Sandra Ullrich from Adelaide Bee Sanctuary shared her knowledge on how to keep bees in Urban areas.


Simon Ardill gave a workshop on sustainable fruit tree pruning.


Alistair Martin discussed his amazing app Ripe Near Me.


Karen Montgomery presented a workshop on making your own wicking beds.


Nat Wiseman demonstrated the best tools to use in your backyard or small-scale farm.

Unfortunately on the day I was too busy in my go-to-person role to take photos of all the wonderful presenters, but a full line-up can be seen below.


Our kidz sprout space this year was bigger and better with a wide variety of activities happening all day!


The kids got involved in making their own enchanted forest and had fun making nature crafts and sowing seeds in their own paper pots, there was also face painting and a fabulous Bilby storytelling tent.


This year we introduced a coffee cup recycling station where you could bring your coffee cup from the organic, fair trade coffee stall and fill it with free soil and seeds or seedlings to take home.


Turning waste into food!


We had some fantastic stall holders with an array of organic, local, sustainable, gardening goodies on offer.



There were information stalls.



A magnificent seed display.


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Seed swap table.


Food swap table.


More stalls, organic food and a garden tool swap table were outside. Plus there was an amazing line-up of local musicians keeping everyone entertained.



Our very special guest, Lolo Houbein of One Magic Square, had her own ‘Ask Lolo’ space.


Visitors to the festival were once again asked to help in the creation of a magnificent Seed Mandala.




Photo credit: David Cann

Which we ceremoniously  dismantled and turned into seed bombs at the end of the day.


Keitha heard a great story about some people who came in off the street because they heard music playing and were blown away asking “What is going on and why is everyone SO happy??!”
Her answer – everyone was so happy because we were connecting with each other and to something that is so inherently human – eating food and community sharing food…
Which comes from seed…
Which grows in nature…
…and as much as we surround ourselves with our technology and creations, we are still creatures of nature.
So to concentrate that into a space and remind and share such a powerful and simple concept, naturally = happiness!!
So many smiles and hugs in one day, the team were all in awe.



So many good people, doing good things…

Jamie and I loved being part of the incredible team involved in making the Seed Freedom Food Festival such a beautiful day.



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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9 Responses to The Seed Freedom Food Festival

  1. Jan says:

    It looks like it was a fabulous day. I will have to make sure I get there next year.

  2. dawn baigent says:

    i loved it so many people now into growing there own food,i have been a backyard grower for years many, people used to say why bother its cheaper at the shops,but i carried on and now have one of my best gardens ,the taste from growing your own is so much better than the shops and i know no chemicals have been used , i have made many mistakes and festivals like this teach us what to grow ,what when and where and organic ways of ridding the gardens of pests well done and congratulations to the people who put in all the hard work

  3. what an amazing event. so much colour and so much knowledge and information as well.

  4. I had a great day guys it was a remarkable event. If you’re interested I just wrote about it on my blog as well.

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