One farmers’ market in southern New South Wales seems to have the right idea: if you want to save something, swap it.
The farmers’ market brings a range of community members, all with plants and seeds to share with fellow gardeners. The idea, started by the Bega Valley Seed Savers, is if people bring seeds of rare and unusual varieties and trade them, the variety will grow, and the heritage plants will survive.
Not only does this keep the variety alive, but it is also an interesting way to get to know your neighbors and reduce your bills. Plus, if you don’t exactly have the greenest of thumbs, you always know where to find another one of those plant seeds to give it another go-around!
(Photo by David Swart)