What is the Local Seed Network system?
Local Seed Networks are registered sub-groups of The Seed Savers’ Network.
The LSN system facilitates effective communication amongst all members of your Local Seed Network via a familiar forum style platform.
LSN Coordinators are encouraged to post regular updates, even ask silly questions (we learn from them too) , post seed special variety or species list, to post LSN meeting schedules to attract more gardeners, and topics related to all things seed, garden and special food preps, preserves including probiotics/fermentations. Seed Savers friends who join your LSN and register as a “SeedSavers” with us, may also post content such as images, seed lists, news items, questions and answers, interact directly with each other, require seeds for exchange or garden knowledge with the goal of building a vibrant and sustainable food community.
First things First!
Prior to joining a Local Seed Network or starting your own LSN you must register as a ”Seed Saver”.
Registering as a Seed Saver also allows you participate in the Community Forums & communicate freely with one-another about all matters related to seed, under topics such as Trade/Swap Seed Varieties, Share Knowledge, Propagating Techniques, with other seed savers across the country and the world!.
The Nitty Gritty: Who can apply to form a Local Seed Network
Any registered “Seed Saver” (it is free!), any gardening family or group of gardening friends, may apply to register their own new Local Seed Network and their application will be approved even in the case where there is already one network operating within the same geographic area, the same suburb,or in the same town (please refer to the map). If you have to drive too far, too inconvenient to attend meetings or visit other Local Seed Network gardens, then feel free to start a new one. Then you can start attending other LSNs meetings/garden visit and exchange: the more LSNs active the safer the seeds are, the more gardeners grow localised seeds, the more everyone learns. A Local Seed Network forum page for your LSN will be created and you will be added to the LSN Map for others to find and join your community.
Once a “Seed Savers’” Local Seed Network is registered one or several “LSN Coordinators” will share the light admin (the less the better) and the fun, such as inviting “Seed Savers” in your meetings. ”LSN Coordinators”increase interaction within their Local Seed Network community such as organising garden visits, Xmas or Easter gatherings, solstice celebrations and even garden birthday parties….They also may organise more serious events (ag shows) and broadcasting news media relations, take photos and smart phone video clips, sending email to tell the location of the next garden visit and seed exchange to their LSN members, friends (or in the process of becoming friends) and family.
LSN Coordinators and every member ”Seed Savers”may monitor their LSN page and other LSN web pages, for comments, posts by members offer of seeds or requests of seeds. Remember to consult the LSN Charter so not to play host to activities not approved.
Overseeing the Local Seed Networks will be the LSN Administrator, a person who will have an overview of all LSNs in the system and be responsible for activating new Local Seed Networks. Feel totally free to apply!. We may also headhunt you for the job.
An LSNs may help start another LSN and they do!. Jude and Michel were at MT Molloy LSN when Mareeba LSN came in force to help them start one at their first public meeting. They came from all the FN QLD Tableland with seeds, cuttings, tubers, local foods and to lend a hand. A memorable video clip was made of that first meeting and posted on youtube.com/seedsavers
Violet Town LSN did this too. The older LSN can then become a Regional Seed Network. Inquire with Chris the webdesigner, webmaster of all things he is also a professional photographer, or Michel and Jude!