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The Southern Seed Exchange is a charitable trust with about 250 members and run by a small team of volunteers. We facilitate the exchange of seeds between gardeners by receiving seeds from seed saving gardeners and producing seed lists for members. We provide information on seed saving.

We are interested in local cultivars (cultivars which have adapted to their locality), occasionally finding seed saved by individuals for years and years. We are also interested in lesser known nutritious food plants. Most of the seed on our seed lists would be classified as local cultivars, and some as heritage or heirloom cultivars, seed that is no longer available commercially, some of which have been saved in a family for a number of generations.

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A tutorial will be held on growing and seed saving of brassicas, corn, beans and radish. A different speaker will cover each seed for half a hour allowing time for questions and discussion. Sunday 17 September 1.00pm to 3.00pm in the tunnel house at the former Seven Oaks School, 35 Hassels Lane, Opawa, Christchurch. Entry by a gold coin donation. Even if you have been successfully growing these seeds it is always interesting to find out how other people do it or to share your own expertise. Seeds of some varieties will be available on the day.