Monthly Archives: August 2011

Workshops with Bellingen Seed Savers in September 2011

Sat, 27/08/2011 – Jude Fanton

All the pleasure is ours when we visit Local Seed Networks. We love it! This time we were in Bellingen, so close to ancient rainforests, in the northern rivers of NSW. Coordinator of Bellingen Seed Savers Irene Wallin organised a film screening on Saturday 17th September and a one day course on Sunday 18th. Classes were under the trees and several participants contributed to an exciting seed identification table.


Give Peas A Chance

Thu, 18/08/2011 – Jude Fanton

This design was painted on a large bed sheet by Kathlyn Brown a fabulous volunteer here at Seed Savers HQ in Byron Bay.
IMAGE: Give Peas a Chance poster


Film Clips from Woodford Festival 2010

Mon, 08/08/2011 – Jude Fanton

Watch two film clips taken at the December 2010 Woodford Folk Festival in Australia. Dominique Finney coordinator of the Folk Medicine Programme interviews Jude and Michel Fanton. Spontaneous tattooing of “Love is the Seed” at DVD signing.


Rare Cabbage Setting Seeds in the Sub-tropics

Mon, 08/08/2011 – Jude Fanton

Film clip we made on how an African cabbage, Brassica carinata, produces seeds in our gardens at 28° south in Byron Bay, Australia. It is a different species to the common cabbage, Brassica oleracea, and grows to two metres, producing enough leaves to warrant the varietal name of “Women Meet and Gossip”. See more below on saving seeds of common cabbage extracted from The Seed Savers’ Handbook.


Seeds and Pesticides Connection

Sat, 06/08/2011 – Jude Fanton

Here in Ranau, a small administrative town at 1200 metres altitude in Sabah, Malaysia, unsuspecting, small-time market gardeners buy seeds and pesticides in shop like this.
Even though the highlands of Borneo are a few degrees from the equator, their very fertile soils, cool nights and warm days means market gardeners can grow temperate vegetables that would not grow in the lowlands nearby. These are exported to consumers in mega cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur. Growers typically have small hothouses to protect their crops from the monsoons but must use biocides to produce a yield.


Film Clip on Selling Pesticides to Unsuspecting Farmers in Sabah

Fri, 05/08/2011 – Jude Fanton

This is one of a dozen videos that we shot and posted in our ‘Pushing Pesticides’ playlist on Seedsavers Youtube Channel. We are in Kundasang a little village, in the highlands of Sabah, Borneo. Nothing evil on the part of the seller. He does not know himself that appropriate clothing should be worn when using pesticides. Selling them is just a way for him to make a living. His job is to convince his clients that it is easy to induce their pineapples to flower with hormones. He does not concern himself with the dangers of their use.