Monthly Archives: September 2010

Community Seed Saving book for the Pacific available free as pdf

Thu, 16/09/2010 – Jude Fanton

Clearly written and beautifully illlustrated, this 70 page book is a practical guide for saving seeds in the villages of the Pacific. We provide it gratis as a pdf here as it is out of print. UPDDATE 07/2014: Available from our Tools and Resources
The book was written in 2002 by Emma Stone, one of Seed Savers’ former interns, and encapsulates the training we provided to her in the late 1990s and to various staff of Planting Material Network in The Solomon Islands.
Published by The Planting Material Network / Kastom Gaden Association in Honiara, Solomon Islands with support from AusAID, EU Microprojects Program and The Seed Savers’ Network. Ask permission from Kastom Gaden Association for use of this pdf.


Seed Savers directors gave presentations in Serbia and Austria

Sat, 11/09/2010 – Jude Fanton

Michel and Jude Fanton will take part in a round table with AVEN in Toulouse on 9th October 2010. Message in French: Ils seront a Toulouse du 7 octobre pour un peu pres deux semaines, puis Paris jusqu’au 28 octobre.
The Fantons presented their documentary and gave a presentation on Tuesday 14th September in the Chamber of Commerce, Beograd, Serbia and on Monday 20th September in the Universität für Bodenkultur, Vienna, Austria. See information on these two events below.
Удружење за пољопривреду, прехрамбену
и дуванску индустрију и водопривреду
30- Број
Београд, 6.09.2010. године
На основу члана 69. Статута Привредне коморе Србије (Сл. гласник РС бр.
45./02, 107/03 и 44/05) сазивамо ДРУГУ СЕДНИЦУ ГРУПАЦИЈЕ ЗА ОРГАНСКУ
ПРОИЗВОДЊУ Удружења за пољопривреду, прехрамбену и дуванску индустрију и
водопривреду Привредне коморе Србије и Националне асоцијације „Serbia Organica
За ову седницу предлаже се следећи
1. Чување и размена семена ретких повртарских биљака у функцији
унапређења органске производње
• Образовни програми за очување нехибридних семена и генетске разноликости
биљних врста.
• Непрофитни програми размене семена.
• Банка семена за нехибридне биљне врсте.
• Обезбеђивање резерви семена како појединцима тако и групама и заједницама.
2. Разно
Предавања по наведеним темама ће одржати Џуд и Мајкл Фантон, оснивачи
невладине непрофитне организације „Seed Savers„ – Аустралија у сарадњи са Удружењем
за биодинамичку пољопривреду Србије.
Седница ће се одржати 10. септембра 2010. године (петак) у Привредној
комори Србије, Београд, Ресавска 15, сала II у приземљу, са почетком у 12.00 сати.
Молимо Вас да резервишете време и учествујете у раду седнице. У случају
спречености обавестите нас на телефон 011/3246-586, контакт особа Славица
Стеванетић, е-mail:
Милан Простран Нада Мишковић, с.р.
Die SEEDSAVERS zu Gast in Wien

1986 in Australien von Bill Mollison – dem Begründer der weltumspannenden
PermaKultur-Bewegung – und Jude & Michel Fanton initiiert, ist es das erklärte
Ziel der SEEDSAVERS die umfangreiche und überlebensnotwendige Vielfalt
unserer Kultur- und Nutzpflanzen auch für künftige Generationen zu erhalten.
Die in mehreren Sprachen übersetzten Bücher und Filmdokumentationen, sowie
die umfangreiche Homepage von Jude & Michel Fanton,
wollen die dazu notwendigen Kulturtechniken möglichst vielen Menschen
näherbringen und dokumentieren.
Die SEEDSAVERS begründen und assistieren Saatguterhaltungsprojekte in 21
Ländern der pazifischen Region, Polynesien und Melanesien. Derzeit sind sie in
Europa zu Gast und laden auch in Wien zur Präsentation und Diskussion ihrer
Aus dem Inhalt:
*How seeds underpin food production and distribution systems
*Conservation of local varieties of food plants (useful strategies)
*The significance of wild relatives of food plants
*How global food has changed the people of the Pacific
Zeit: Montag, 20. September 2010, ab 18:00Uhr
Ort: Universität für Bodenkultur; Hörsaal 12 im Hauptgebäude (3. Stock);
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33, 1190 Wien.
Der Vortrag wird in englischer Sprache gehalten.
Es laden Jude & Michel Fanton (Byron Bay, NSW, Australien), Andreas
Schindler (Permakultur Praktiker i.A.) und Eva Vesovnik (IGOW/BOKU Wien)

Ergänzung zur LV 952.311:Planung eines PermaKultur SchauLehrForschungs&PraxisGartens im
Versuchsgarten Jedlersdorf der Univ.f.Bodenkultur, Wien , dessen Umsetzung zur Diskussion steht


Long lives in Croatia

Sat, 04/09/2010 – Jude Fanton

Purslane is often claimed as one of the reasons that Mediterranean people are long-lived. Our visit to the cemetery of a small Croatian fishing village, Privlaka, out from the ancient city of Zadar on the Dalmatian coast, was revealing. People die at the average age of eighty. See film clip ‘Purslane for long life’ shot in the Privlaka cemetery on
Of course there is a much more complex story. A long and active life more likely depends on a diverse and fresh seasonal diet based on traditional varieties of food plants, plenty of exercise and a simple, happy life.
In every back yard there are rows of tomatoes, capsicums, beans and cabbage seedlings near the olive and fruit trees and not far from the trellises of grapes that have more fruit than leaves. There is easy picking of figs, plums and grapes in abandoned grounds, back lanes and cemeteries; there are even dried ones on the rocks, walls, driveways, seats and ground under the trees.
IMAGE: Intensive vegetable garden in front yard.

IMAGE: Wild beet by the sea.

IMAGE: Capsicums, tomatoes, apples and olives.
Figs, grapes, peaches, silver beet, rocket, thyme and rosemary grow wild.

IMAGE: Wild rocket on roadside near Split
Figs grow simply everywhere. There are more fig trees than people. They even grow wild up in the hills, inside family tombs and bombed out houses (we explored a non-touristic area inland where there used to be a lot of Serbs).
Olive trees will be picked soon and are ubiquitous, even in city bus stations, government buildings and in every field and along byroads.
Here in Privlaka the elders are lively and busy. Black-clad women trot behind wheelbarrows, sweep the street or chat on seats at their doors surveying the streets. Larger old men go fishing, tend their gardens, chat in cafes and sell home-made wine or home-grown vegies on the side of the road. The younger folk are in cars or cafes. Obesity is definitely on the rise when you compare generations.
There’s a strong sense that the end of communism and the increase in tourism has hugely changed their lives as every second house has been recently renovated and has rooms or apartments for rent. The others are in a state of dilapidation – either empty or with the very old living in them.
There are dusty and rusty carts and other old agricultural equipment in dark sheds. Donkeys used to dominate transport, but the only ones we have seen were wild ones bothering tourists for food in a national park on one of the many long islands forming a double row to protect this coast.