In a bid to cultivate a deeper connection between the community and the environment, Murrumbidgee Landcare recently hosted two insightful seed collection workshops in the Bidgee north region, on November 13 2023 in Young. The workshops aimed to educate both children and adults about the significance of seed collection for our environment and ecosystems.
Tom Deery, the owner of Natural Capital, was the keynote speaker for the day. With his experience in seed collecting, tree planting, and direct seeding from Yass, Deery provided invaluable insights into the world of sustainable practices.
Key takeaways from the workshops
1. Understanding importance: Participants delved into the crucial role seed collecting plays in preserving our environment and maintaining a healthy ecosystem
2. Plant identification basics: Attendees gained essential knowledge about identifying various plant species, a skill that forms the foundation for effective seed collection.
3. Hands-on experience: The workshops took participants on a guided outdoor adventure, offering a firsthand experience in collecting seeds from a diverse range of plants.
4. Proper storage techniques: The art of seed storage was unveiled, ensuring that collected seeds retain their viability and contribute to successful future planting initiatives.
5. Interactive Q&A session: A dedicated question and answer session provided an opportunity for participants to seek clarification and deepen their understanding of seed collection practices.
6. Access to resources: To support ongoing learning, participants had access to a range of resources including books, seeds, and tools. This ensured that they were well-equipped for future seed collection endeavors.
Bidgee North’s commitment to environmental education and sustainability shines through in these workshops, fostering a community of environmentally conscious individuals ready to make a positive impact. The seeds of knowledge planted during these workshops are sure to grow into a greener, more sustainable future for the Young community and beyond.
For 30 years Landcare has driven grassroots change in natural resource management in the Murrumbidgee and Murray catchments. Funded through the Federal Government’s Future Drought Fund, Murrumbidgee Landcare Incorporated in partnership with Holbrook Landcare Network, are delivering Landcare’s Landscape Resilience project. This project is showcasing best practice strategies for positive economic and environmental impacts on native vegetation restoration; and collecting local seed for local regeneration projects maintains local provenance survival.
This project received funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.
If you are looking for more information or wish to buy seed or need to get some trees in the ground call Tom on: 0429 550 336