Monday, 10 March 2008


I should have put this on before now, but here it is. There is a lot more information about the speakers and the conference sessions and if you would like me to email the details to you please let me know. One day I would love to go, but not this time.

20th Annual Seed Savers Network Conference

29th to 30th March 2008
Gulgong Showground, near Mudgee
hosted by Castlereagh Seed Savers

For the first time in its twenty-two year history the Annual Seed Savers Conference will be held in the Central West of NSW. The Permaculture Convergence is in Sydney the weekend before.
The Seed Savers� Network collaborates with farmers, gardeners and educators to ensure the survival of traditional plants used for food, medicines and fibres and keeps this genetic material in the public domain. To date Seed Savers� Network has involved 10 000 people Australia wide, redistributed over 8 000 traditional varieties and established seventy Local Seed Networks.
The host of the 20th Annual Seed Savers Conference is Castlereagh Seed Savers, which began in 2002 as Careflight Seed Network, but with the closure of Orange Careflight Base, the name had to change. It is conserving many local varieties, for example a shallot that has been grown in the Rylstone area for a hundred years.

Conference speakers include:
Jude Fanton � co-founder Seed Savers� Network
Dr David Murray � author on organic farming and plant breeding
Michael & Louisa Kiely � carbon farming & climate change
David Clarke � National Farmers Federation executive
David Lowe � Lowes family wines�
Debra Hebbard � Permaculture Southern Highlands
Mike Pridmore � native seed collector
James and Barbara Headley � biodynamic farming
Trevor Harding - water diviner
Peter Andrews � representative of Natural Sequence Farming
Frank Frost � local seed saver
Ken Evans � bee farmer

Conference Bookings

Saturday 29th March - $25.00 ea including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
Sunday 30th March - $25.00 ea including morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea.
Two-Day Attendance - $45.00ea includes all the above.

Saturday evening dinner and social evening - $10.00ea

Monday 31st (subject to numbers)
Garden & Wine Tour, 9.00am � 5.00pm
Come along and enjoy the many beautiful and unique gardens in the area and then savour some of the great tasting wines of our Mudgee region and maybe take some home with you.
$40.00 per person, includes lunch at Oats Caf�, Oatley Wines (makers of Poet�s Corner wines), coffee & sweets optional extras.

Application form for Seed Savers conference together with your payment can be sent to:
Seed Savers Conference, Box 957, Mudgee NSW 2850
Payment can be made by cheque or money order payable to Seed Savers� Network and enclosed with your application form, below.
For accommodation enquiries please contact Mudgee Region Visitors Centre on 1800 816 304
Camping facilities are available at the Gulgong Showground.
All other enquiries: Dennis Grimshaw Phone (02) 6358 8552
Frank Frost�s email

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