Seedsavers and Permaculture Group members enjoy a cup of tea while inspecting the seeds available. Click image
Violet Town Seed Savers and Permaculture Group (part of the Seedsavers Network) is an active group of keen gardeners who meet monthly to swap seeds, planting material, share skills, socialise and see how others 'do it'.
The group meets on the first Sunday of each month at different people's gardens, around Violet Town and district. Meetings usually start about 1:30 pm and because there is no formal membership, all are welcome.
The focus of this group is supporting and developing home food growing efforts, in the home garden, the orchard, and using small animals such as poultry.
The group maintains a local seed collection of locally proven and adapted vegetable varieties. This seed is available free of charge to members who save seed and contribute to the seed collection. Surplus seed is sold at local markets, where it is very popular for its vigour and quality.
Many meetings have a particular seasonal focus, for example:
April / May is usually for compost making, say, a workshop demonstrating making a Bd compost heap.
June / July is usually a propagation day, for sharing cuttings of kiwi fruit, mulberries, grapes, figs, etc. Potting sand and pots are provided.
July / August is usually a fruit tree pruning demonstration and workshop.
August / September is usually a grafting day, for learning to graft onto fruit trees and sharing good varieties. Root stocks are available, and members bring along scion [the wood from preferred varieties that grow really good fruit] to share.
October or November is a seedling swap day, and this happens most other months as well.
Some meetings are visits to particular places of interest, such as to a small-scale market garden, to some of the diverse community gardens in Melbourne, or to other outstanding gardens or permaculture sites.
Some meetings we package seeds for the collection and for sale. Occasionally profits from the sale of seeds are put towards subsidising the hire of a small bus for a group visit further afield.