Seed Saving Workshops : Bega Valley Seed Savers


Seedsaver Workshops

The Bega Valley Seed Savers held a series of workshops for people interested in saving seed from their vegetables gardens. The workshops were aimed at complete beginners as well as those looking to expand their skills.

Workshops were held in Bega, Eden and Cobargo during March 2013.

The workshops were presented by Julie Davies from the Bega Valley Seed Savers (02 6492 5516).

Workshop Outline

INTRODUCTION

  • What is the BVSS?
  • What is SCPA?
  • Why Save Seed?
  • Community Sufficiency v Self Sufficiency

PLANT BASICS

  • Plant Life Cycles
  • Pollination Methods
  • Scientific Plant Names
  • Open Pollinated Varieties v F1 Hybrids
  • Annuals, Biennials, Perennials

SEED GROWING

  • Record Keeping
  • Growing from Seed
  • Genetic Integrity
  • Growing for favourable characteristics - Selection/Rogueing
  • Minimum Populations

SEED HARVESTING

  • Timing
  • How to Harvest Seed

SEED PROCESSING

  • Dry Processing
  • Wet Processing

SEED STORAGE

  • Removing Insects
  • Storage Conditions
  • Viability

SEED SAVING GROUPS

  • Looking after Volunteers
  • Group Vision
  • What BVSS does and how we do it

BEGA WORKSHOP 2013



Julie Davies showing seeds to participants at the Bega Workshop, March 2013



Lisa and Sue doing the seedsavers foxtrot on a bag of celeriac stalks and seed.
 

EDEN WORKSHOP 2013



Trish and Keith processing lettuce seed.

COBARGO WORKSHOP 2013



Hands in the sieve at the Cobargo Workshop