DUE TO UNPRECEDENTED DEMAND
WE’VE BEEN FORCED TO CLOSE THE SHOP
We’ve experienced a 20 fold increase in orders, and we’re still working to clear the back log, all current orders should be processed by Friday 27 March
Unfortunately we ran out of seed packets before we did seed. ETA for our seed packet order has been pushed out beyond June due to their own backlog of orders. We’re currently sourcing packets elsewhere, but have an unknown waiting period for this also.
OPEN ORDERING TIME FOR WA WILL ALSO BE CLOSED
RECEIVED ORDERS FROM WA WILL BE SENT MONDAY 31 MARCH
In these strange times (we’re calling it a dress rehearsal for the apocalypse) It’s good to reflect on the potential positive outcomes and if it means we have more gardeners, then we’re creating greater resilience for ourselves and our communities – literally from the ground up.
if you don’t already save your own seed, then now’s a good time to learn how. We have free resources on our website to help make it easier – check the MENU for links
STAY SAFE – STAY KIND
We currently grow 90% of seed for sale.
Approx 400 varieties.
We grow organically using methods that sequester soil carbon and foster soil life.
Seed Freaks started because as market gardeners we wanted to source seed that was acclimatised to our area, that we knew performed well and provided high quality crops.
We’ve been tracking down our favourite varieties and seedsaving for years and through a number of opportunities thrown our way by the Huon Producers’ Network we started to package our seed and sell it at markets. Nothing flash, just excess seed.
But like most seeds of things, it grew. We’re still small, but now we’ve expanded the land we utilise to grow seed and have stopped market gardening.
We often find it difficult to source seed from the mainland due to various restrictions, and fair enough, who wants smut and other uglies turning up here? Our relatively pest and disease free status and the current moratorium on GMO’s are two important things to maintain.
While we still do outsource some seed we’re now fluctuating at around 90% our own seed and we’re looking to increase that, eventually, to as close o 100% as we can get.
My obsession is tomato seeds. You’ll find the site is dominated by them, closely followed by bean seeds, for both fresh and dry use. We’re set to grow over 80 varieties in 2017/18, and a burgeoning corn obsession is boosting that range, albeit slowly, as the cross pollinating issues make it difficult to grow many varieties in a year.
Seed saving is at the very core of food security. Ensuring the means to produce our food year in and year out using methods that aren’t dependent on what’s happening in the rest of the world.
With open-pollinated and heirloom seed we can provide ourselves with one of the most important necessities – food.