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You too can easily save top class vegetable seeds for free! Why buy seeds when your locally adapted vegetable seeds are best for growing pesticide free food? ?

 
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Offer The Seed Savers’ Handbook and a dvd, as a package!. The DVD is sent to your gardening friend at cost price. We pay postage charges within Australia.

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Bookshops, nurseries, Local Seed Networks, Permaculture groups and individuals obtain Seed Savers Handbooks at wholesale prices, up to 50% discount when they buy a box. Our books and dvds are translated in 8 languages

 
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Why not swap seeds in one of the 100 registered Local Seed Networks in Oz: Find them on the map below.

(click on this map, expand it to find your area)

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Local Seed Networks share seeds, cuttings, tubers, how to’s and food from their gardens

Be the lucky one who host these seed share meetings. 100 groups just in Australia. Click here to find out more and register a Local Seed Network WITHIN AustraliaClick Here to register a Local Seed Network OUTSIDE Australia

Our global seed work since 1986 as a not-for-profit org.

Riding donkeys in Africa, canoes in Papua, old buses in India, 4WD luxury cars with an NGO in Afghanistan, the intrepid Australian Seed Savers Jude and Michel Fanton have travelled a few months each year since 1989. The seed share effect is felt in forty-four countries.

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  • Farmers seeds reduce to a handful

    Over the last 15 years, new kinds of hybrid and GM seeds have already spread extensively in Pakistan through informal means, as well as the active manipulation of farmers by seed organisations that offer free sample seeds with productivity promises — without telling farmers that these seeds are genetically modified and can potentially contaminate neighbouring... Read More

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  • Bill Mollison passed away peacefully in Tasmania.

    Bill was such a big part of our family and our children.

    Jude and Michel Fanton the founder of SeedSavers Network and Foundation visited him overnight two weeks ago in Hobart Tasmania.

    “We had laughters, smiled, hugs, gave soft feet …

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  • Seed: The new untold story coming out

    This is just the trailer of a new doco on seeds. Our documentary is called “Our Seeds” a 57 mn doco was produced in 2008 in 11 countries. It is translated into  a range of languages. Portuguese, french, chinese, …

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  • June and July Seed tour this european summer 2016

    Jude and Michel will be travelling to Singapore, Turkey, Italy and France this coming June and July. Michel will visit his gardening family in Les Vosges and the southerm bighland of Les Cevennes in Le Vigan to celebrate his 70th …

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#davidson palm wine with only naturally occurring #yeasts from own #skins. . Four days old. #byron #bay #australia #native #endemic #plum #davidsonia sp
#davidsonia sp #davidson Plum time, #wine making in our home #food #forest #australia
#tamarind fresh and dried on tree. Small #harvest from a young 10 years old tree. We add to curries, eat #raw from tree as #snack. An essential in Asian households. #sweet and #sour
Grading #benzoin before making #tinctures in Laos. #artisanperfumer#styrax siamensis
#scented #brugmensia more delicate than the ones I grow. #artisanperfumer
Testing #tincture strength for #scent #odor #perfumenotes #seamoss #seaweed 190 proof and #100 #proof (vodka strength)
#seamoss preps for #tincture. Several months is a guess. Will test durations. How long did you do yours?
#naturalingredients #naturalingredients #naturalperfume #seaweedscent #seamoss #seamoss#artisanperfume
An #indigenous #aroid #enfleurage #ylangylang #alocasiaflower #alocasia species. Ridiculous #smellalike of ylang. I will show inside when I break the #pommade seal at charge time. Testing testing #artisanperfume #naturalingredients #naturalperfume #nothingnew we welcome your insights and comments. #permaculturegarden #permaculture #permaculteclimaxcrop
#scented #alocasia brisbenensis Active #pollinators #insects indicates to me that it is time to pick for maximum scent. This taro attracts via its inflorescences #odor note that it is an uneducated guess. #ylangylang strong odor. #ylang for #enfleurage testing
How long do you charge? We do really long ones. Just testing. #extracting #kaffir #limes 200 #tincturetime #200 proof #perfumeralcohol #artisanperfumery #homeperfume
#osmanthus flowers #tincture testing two strengths 96 % & 50% & two durations.
#copal ? #damar #kauri of some sort. Beach #floatsam on 28.3 lat S #australia Ready for ethyl tincture after crashing.
#extrait ready soon. Too much alcohol evaporated. #pomade #batteuse #jasmine #solventfree extrait. #extract #floralextract
Testing white #osmanthus #pomade #enfleurage hand #washed to create an #extraitdeparfum. Smells of apricots at this stage. The pomade X 9 #charges is slowly curdling into lumps. Then if I continue the process it turns back into a paste with ...
#michelia sp. #enfleurage being hand #alcohol Washed. A long process just testing viability of process without a commercial aim. #artisanperfumer
Water Lillies #enfleurage. The #pomades #long #charge and #recharges have taken in the Dellicate scent. Soon to wash in 96 % ethyl alcohol 200 proof for USA
#bandaceh true gardener subsistence #farmersmarket various flowers for rituals.
#urbanfiood produced in #banda Aceh. # true to type ( I asked) papaya with seeds highly valued. Medicinal #papain #digestive. Flowers for rituals. No middle man or women.
It is not all #plastic #doom and #synthetics #fossilfuel derivatives s in #bandaaceh North #sumatra, Indonesia (sorry) these are prepared lunches named #bunkus must say soft plastic wrappers are hugely popular in Indonesia, Malaysia. Not a judgment on some of ...
Love to make an absolute to add to our growing #palette of garden scents. Anyone has experience a low tech way )not hexane solvent) this one is australian spring #honey known as #jelly Bush. Ressemblance to #manuka in. NZ. Tincture? ...
Our #kitchen where all sorts happen. Various #fruitwines , steam #distillations, tinctures,#keffirs. More. #byronbay
Is it an Evernia I wonder...?We have tinctured/tested a number of local presume Lichens and also from Hokkaido(Japan) lichens are one of the fixatives we test. Will attempt to steam distillate it. Ask me, Michel about our trials. This one ...
8 10 years old White #osmanthus this austral winter ready for series of harvest. Poor blooms this #austral winter. Better now as rain stopped. Still lots of brown flowers, useless odor.

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#davidson palm wine with only naturally occurring #yeasts from own #skins. . Four days old. #byron #bay #australia #native #endemic #plum #davidsonia sp
#tamarind fresh and dried on tree. Small #harvest from a young 10 years old tree. We add to curries, eat #raw from tree as #snack. An essential in Asian households. #sweet and #sour
Grading #benzoin before making #tinctures in Laos. #artisanperfumer#styrax siamensis
#scented #brugmensia more delicate than the ones I grow. #artisanperfumer
Testing #tincture strength for #scent #odor #perfumenotes #seamoss #seaweed 190 proof and #100 #proof (vodka strength)
#seamoss preps for #tincture. Several months is a guess. Will test durations. How long did you do yours?
#naturalingredients #naturalingredients #naturalperfume #seaweedscent #seamoss #seamoss#artisanperfume
An #indigenous #aroid #enfleurage #ylangylang #alocasiaflower #alocasia species. Ridiculous #smellalike of ylang. I will show inside when I break the #pommade seal at charge time. Testing testing #artisanperfume #naturalingredients #naturalperfume #nothingnew we welcome your insights and comments. #permaculturegarden #permaculture #permaculteclimaxcrop
#scented #alocasia brisbenensis Active #pollinators #insects indicates to me that it is time to pick for maximum scent. This taro attracts via its inflorescences #odor note that it is an uneducated guess. #ylangylang strong odor. #ylang for #enfleurage testing
How long do you charge? We do really long ones. Just testing. #extracting #kaffir #limes 200 #tincturetime #200 proof #perfumeralcohol #artisanperfumery #homeperfume
#osmanthus flowers #tincture testing two strengths 96 % & 50% & two durations.
#copal ? #damar #kauri of some sort. Beach #floatsam on 28.3 lat S #australia Ready for ethyl tincture after crashing.
Testing white #osmanthus #pomade #enfleurage hand #washed to create an #extraitdeparfum. Smells of apricots at this stage. The pomade X 9 #charges is slowly curdling into lumps. Then if I continue the process it turns back into a paste with only small amount of alcohol floating. Not enough but first time osmanthus. Trying. #perfumebloggers #naturalperfumes #pomades #osmanthusblossom
#michelia sp. #enfleurage being hand #alcohol Washed. A long process just testing viability of process without a commercial aim. #artisanperfumer
Water Lillies #enfleurage. The #pomades #long #charge and #recharges have taken in the Dellicate scent. Soon to wash in 96 % ethyl alcohol 200 proof for USA
#bandaceh true gardener subsistence #farmersmarket various flowers for rituals.
#urbanfiood produced in #banda Aceh. # true to type ( I asked) papaya with seeds highly valued. Medicinal #papain #digestive. Flowers for rituals. No middle man or women.
It is not all #plastic #doom and #synthetics #fossilfuel derivatives s in #bandaaceh North #sumatra, Indonesia (sorry) these are prepared lunches named #bunkus must say soft plastic wrappers are hugely popular in Indonesia, Malaysia. Not a judgment on some of their practices whatsoever.
Love to make an absolute to add to our growing #palette of garden scents. Anyone has experience a low tech way )not hexane solvent) this one is australian spring #honey known as #jelly Bush. Ressemblance to #manuka in. NZ. Tincture? How does one prepare an #absolute of #honey or #beeswax?
Our #kitchen where all sorts happen. Various #fruitwines , steam #distillations, tinctures,#keffirs. More. #byronbay
Is it an Evernia I wonder...?We have tinctured/tested a number of local presume Lichens and also from Hokkaido(Japan) lichens are one of the fixatives we test. Will attempt to steam distillate it. Ask me, Michel about our trials. This one grows on a cocos palm tree at 28.3 latitude S. indécise on identifying/taxonomy. However note that we have just one year of garden to bottle experiences. And we are open to experience exchange.
8 10 years old White #osmanthus this austral winter ready for series of harvest. Poor blooms this #austral winter. Better now as rain stopped. Still lots of brown flowers, useless odor.
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  • Bill Mollison passed away peacefully in Tasmania.

    Bill was such a big part of our family and our children.

    Jude and Michel Fanton the founder of SeedSavers Network and Foundation visited him overnight two weeks ago in Hobart Tasmania.

    “We had laughters, smiled, hugs, gave soft feet …

    Read more →

  • June and July Seed tour this european summer 2016

    Jude and Michel will be travelling to Singapore, Turkey, Italy and France this coming June and July. Michel will visit his gardening family in Les Vosges and the southerm bighland of Les Cevennes in Le Vigan to celebrate his 70th …

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  • Seed safe in gardeners hands: the Syrian war

    Farrmers in Syria have their own networks to give and exchange vegetable  and grain seeds. They always had.

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  • Vanuatu. We Took Part In An Australian Aid Program. It Was More About Helping Your Country Than Ours

    Australia has long held an ideological opposition to the way of life of my people in Vanuatu. Customary land, our traditions, our ‘subsistence’ culture and ‘informal’ economy are seen as inherent impediments to development. Our perspective and values are not …

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  • Miriam Makeba loves seed freedom

    Miriam Makeba loves seed freedom

    Miriam Makeba the champion of freedom who was married to a Black Panthers, felt that seed belong to peasant farmers not corporations. After her concert in Brisbane Australia she asked Michel and Jude for a drink at her hotel in …

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  • The peasant farmers of Papua New Guinea

    The peasant farmers of Papua New Guinea

    They are the salt of the world. We got so much inspiration from PNG people who are one of the earliest horticulturists on the face of the earth. They feature prominently in Our Seeds the film documentary we produced on …

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  • Alfredo Bonanno: prolific illustrator

    Alfredo Bonanno: prolific illustrator

    Alfredo grew all the plants so he had a life model to draw the hundreds of illustrations for the Seed Savers Handbook. It was a patient work of love where Alfredo spend more than 18 months to complete the projects: …

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  • Dorothy village visionary in Makira

    Dorothy village visionary in Makira

    Collecting banana varieties and species rare and endangered was Dorothy’s passion. She lived with husband a bush carpenter and their children in the island of Makira in a highland small  and isolated village named Bagohane, five hour walk from coast …

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  • From pesticide pusher to Minister of Environment

    From pesticide pusher to Minister of Environment

    One of the initiators of Rio in 1992, Jose Luzenberger (1926-2002), met with us in Bonn, Germany in April 1996. He decided on a walking meeting through the botanic gardens in Bonn and a visit to the museum of geology.…

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  • Alan Mordens “gives back” with Give peas a chance.

    Alan Mordens “gives back” with Give peas a chance.

    Alan Morden executive at Satchi n’ Satchi and his artist wife Denise gave seedsavers their best when they designed our logo (look up top of our page!). Alan discovered the now famous poster “Give Peas a Chance” in our archives, …

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  • Dorothy banana collection: 110 varieties premature death

    Dorothy banana collection: 110 varieties premature death

    Dorothy Tamasia, 19 collected and replanted in her school in the island of Makira, Solomon Islands.

    She died off Malaria living a day walk from a clinic. She left two young children and a husband.She traveled by food and canoes …

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  • Jerry Coleby-Williams interviews SeedSavers’ Michel and Jude Fanton

    Jerry Coleby-Williams interviews SeedSavers’ Michel and Jude Fanton

    Aug 9th 2014: on ABC TV Gardening Australia”A SeedSavers retrospective” with Jerry CW, long time friend & board member. Can be seen anytime on ABC IView, video on demand. Jerry is very personal to anyone he meets and forever answers

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  • Dr Liz multi talents at work

    Dr Liz multi talents at work

    Dr Liz Elliot multi talented medical practitioner. She produced a few hundred illustrations in a very short space of time. Seedsavers is very grateful for her kind and pro-bono contribution to Seed To Seeds: Food Gardens in Schools. Because of …

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  • Transformational Film Assistance

    Micheal Shaun Conaway and wife Alex Melnyk brought Our Seeds the documentary we produced and its message to the forefront with their rare story telling, film making and graphic artistry gifts. The rain seed shower in the documentary was a …

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  • Michelle Margolis Garden of Eden in Sydney

    Michelle Margolis Garden of Eden in Sydney

    Michele Margolis is a very active educator and mentor in Australian Permaculture spheres, and a strong voice and living example when it comes to producing food from locally saved seeds and caring for others. Michele was a Local Seed Network …

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  • Mariko Hamaguchi a rice saver

    Mariko Hamaguchi a rice saver

    Mariko san recently visited seedsavers in Byron Bay and told a crowd of locals how she and husband Nori san can keep alive 500 varieties of rice in Ibaraki prefecture, Japan. Here she talks to Green Party MP Jan Barham …

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  • Rasa Dover Seed Fairy Extraordinaire

    Rasa Dover Seed Fairy Extraordinaire

    When Rasa lived in Japan she joined Seed Savers Network as a foundation member in 1999. When she returned to Australia she landed not far from Byron Bay and created her Local Seed Network. Byron Hinterland Seed Savers. Rasa supported …

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  • Sakaban-san Masami: The quite seed achiever

    Sakaban-san Masami: The quite seed achiever

    Masami has remain active in Japan since she worked with Seedsavers  in Australia at the Seed Savers Network HQ,  and during several of our tours of Japan. Masami-san was also part of a group of translators who help get the …

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  • Bill Mollison & SeedSavers since 1986: Bill died peacefully in Hobart Tasmania

    Bill Mollison & SeedSavers since 1986: Bill died peacefully in Hobart Tasmania

    Bill Mollison a great observer of nature

    Bill Mollison a great observer of nature

     

    Permaculture’s founder Bill Mollison lived in Tasmania with his wife Lisa near the fishing village where he was born Stanley. He left us nine days after we spend two days with him …

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  • Walking with Satish Kumar

    Walking with Satish Kumar

    We had the pleasure of previously hosting Satish Kumar, at Seedsavers in Byron Bay, on one of his world tour. Satish has authored more than 10 books and is a great mentor to Michel and Jude. We met Satish again …

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  • Muhammad Ali Discovers Seed Savers in Cuba

    Muhammad Ali Discovers Seed Savers in Cuba

    In 1996, Jude and me Michel happen to cross paths with a humanitarian mission led by Muhammad Ali and a team of Latino optometrists delivering 20 000 vision glasses and consultations in a Havana hospital.
    Jude and Michel happened to …

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  • Stuart Owen Fox  and Einstein

    Stuart Owen Fox and Einstein

    Stuart Owen Fox 1942-2009, was an influential photographer for over 40 years who took a shine at Seed Savers. In the early 1940s Stuart while being walked by his father in California, met with the personal approval of possibly the …

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  • Christian Watts – Web Developer

    Christian Watts – Web Developer


    Christian came aboard in late 2013 to create the new Seed Savers website, complete with a social network system to facilitate the Local Seed Networks, Forums, Shop and new layout.
    Chris’ background is in photography, design, web development and tech …

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  • Dr. Vanaja Ramprasad

    Dr. Vanaja Ramprasad

    We met Vanaja at a seed meeting with Vandana in Inida and we became friends. She invited us to be leading a course on establishing community seed banks in Karnataka State and Tamil Nadu. She come to visit us in …

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  • John Brisbin – Consultant

    John Brisbin – Consultant

    When I first met Jude and Michel at the Vaucluse Open Garden Day in 1997 it was an encounter with the strong, organic energy of the living soil itself.

    Since that time we have shared many adventures together: me from …

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  • Marvin the Ringneck

    Marvin the Ringneck

    Marvin the Indian Ringneck comes in every day and sings songs from all the other birds he has learnt. He brings much joy and delight to the home of Seed Savers…

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