If you’ve ever thought about starting a veggie patch, this weekend is the time. Budding green thumbs can take part in gardening workshops, seed swaps and more at the Seed Freedom Food Festival tomorrow at The Market Shed.
The festival began in 2014 when Keitha Young (Bickleigh Vale Farm) and a group of like-minded volunteers decided to create an event to promote sustainable living and educate people on where their food comes from. The philosophy behind the event is “a worldwide need to save the seeds”, according to Young. “The Seed Freedom Food Festival celebrates, informs and inspires.”
There will be free workshops on topics such as native food, plant propagation and ethical foraging. There will also be seed, food and garden-gear swaps, organic retail stalls and live music.
Simon Bryant will perform cooking demonstrations using his locally grown Dirt(y) Inc products (lentils, legumes, seaweed) with meals available to order. Other organic retail goodies such as olives, kimchi, honey and tea will be available to purchase.
Guests are encouraged to bring food and produce from their gardens to swap with other traders. “If you haven’t got anything to trade, a cash donation can be offered, even just five cents,” says Young.
A large centre table will feature an interactive mandala that guests will help to create by laying down coloured heirloom seeds. “At the end of the event we’ll be giving away the seeds for guests to take home,” says Young.