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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Food Irradiation

Friends of the Earth have done a great chemicals and food report. It also covers food  irradiation. 

http://dev.foe.org.au/sites/default/files/dosemakespoison.pdf

At the moment, there is a big "behind the scenes" push to promote irradiation as the alternative to pesticides.  Apparently there is to be a  "phase out" of Dimethoate and a review of Fenthion.  ( ooo yuk, not sure what they currently do with those, or even what they are,  but it doesn't sound good) The powers that be are creating some false choice between pesticides and irradiation. Get this ! Most food which could start to grow ( for example brown rice , mung beans, lentils, garlic etc ) are irradiated as they enter Australia. Next thing to realise is that the grains and dried beans which are the mainstay of vegan diets,  are not grown in Australia.  Chick peas and red lentils are sometimes grown here, but brown lentils, borlotti beans, split peas, mung beans, peanuts ....MOST  come from Canada and China.
Then , as if conventional fruit and veg was not already toxic enough, I read some time back that FSANZ was considering an application from the DPI ( Agriculture Department) of Queensland , who were fixing to irradiate perssimons for export to Western Australia . Surley irradiation is yet  another reason to eat local organic as the following excerpt from the Friends of the Earth report drives home on p 55:


15. FOOD IRRADIATION
The largest food irradiation company in Australia is likely to be Steritech Pty Ltd. Steritech is already using arguments that because of regulatory restrictions on insecticides “there is growing interest in the benefits of chemical-free alternatives to treating food”. [107]. Steritech irradiate food using Gamma irradiation, with Cobalt 60 used as the most common source of Gamma Radiation. According to the US EPA food irradiation “does not eliminate dangerous toxins that are already there; it masks the aging of fruits and vegetables, it kills bacteria that produce smells that warn us food is spoiling, and it disqualifies food from being labeled “organic.” [thank goodness BW ].
At the 1987 US Congressional Hearings Into Food Irradiation, a number of experts spoke out against food irradiation. Concerns included; increases in polypoloid cells in the bone marrow of rats and mice fed with freshly irradiated wheat, increased polypoloid (abnomal) cells in monkeys fed with freshly irradiated wheat, intrauterine mutations in mice fed with freshly irradiated wheat, the small number of studies supporting irradiation, unexplained deaths and abnormalities in test rats, reduced vitamin and nutrient value of irradiated food, increases in free radicals in irradiated food, the formation of new molecules in irradiated food, conversion of nitrate to nitrite in irradiated food, increases of peroxides in irradiated polyunsaturated fats and the chemical transformation of foods, mutagens, carcinogens and cytoxic substances in food or food components which have been irradiated. [109]"
Another huge reason to buy local organically grown food or grow your own: We are going to need to be energetic and smart to survive climate change. To be physically and mentally tough enough to install permaculture...you need to start with good food.   And here I will insert some great  lines from Ronnie Cummins

 While we've been dutifully carrying on this year in our daily lives, in our separate domains, doing the right thing—taking care of our children and grandchildren; trying to save the whales, farm animals, and the bees; promoting natural health; supporting green commerce; fighting GMOs; safeguarding organic standards—we have nonetheless been steadily losing ground. [And in WA we have been losing precious last forests and soil !  BW ]

How is it possible that tens of thousands of non-profit organizations and millions of health, environmental and justice-minded citizens have been stymied by the deadly "business-as-usual" practices of a ruthless Corporatocracy hell-bent on disaster? [ People were tricked into voting (narrowly if in fact at all) to have what is in their food  hidden at the Californian Ballot Intiative Prop 37 ! ]   
What about our collective new normal? What about the weird weather, melting polar icecaps, killer droughts and floods, raging forest fires, and heat, permanent recession in the US , deteriorating public health, senseless violence, and those never-ending wars for oil and natural resources versus the environment? [I am reminded of  Chief Seattle's reply .Considering the white mans effect on the environment Chief Seattle predicted " the end of living and the beginning of survival".  BW]  
 Why aren’t we talking about radical change and climate-friendly food, farming, buildings, energy, transportation, jobs, education, foreign policy, mass media, and elected officials in the same breath?
Why aren’t we united, indeed up in arms against the maniacs in the Corporatocracy and their political hirelings who are gambling not only with our hard-earned money and taxes, but also with our future? 
We must all, or at least a critical mass of us, immediately connect the dots between climate-friendly food, energy, transportation, media, public education, public policy, and politics. We must be able to overthrow the Corporatocracy and resolve the most serious threat that humans have ever faced in our 100,000-200,000 year evolution: runaway global warming and climate meltdown. The bottom line for humans, as we review our year-end 2012 financials, is discouraging. If we cannot reduce fossil fuel consumption by 90% within the next 20 years and leave most remaining fossil fuel reserves in the ground, if we cannot naturally sequester several hundred billion tons of CO2 and greenhouse gases through global reforestation, organic farming and carbon farming ( cell grazing)  practices we are doomed. 
We have a chance on 10 weeks time to elect some decent leaders in Western Australia. Lets talk it up  to friends , neighbours, rellies and total strangers . 


   And, as it is around 40 degrees celcius in  WA this holiday arvo, and you are hopefully  resting in a cool place, check out this  47 minute doco by John Lieu. It really covers the burning issues




Sunday, December 9, 2012

Merri Bee Organic Farm presents on food, farming, health and environment.



We have been showing great films such as  Unjust Genes, The Hidden Dangers in Kids Meals, The World According to Monsanto, The Future of food, Fresh,  Food Inc.etc to gatherings far and wide for a few years now. People are often  initially shocked at the facts (not mentioned in mainstream media) presented in these documentaries  but  are then keen to take action:  to ensure their families safe food supply; to get political ; to put  Permaculture into practice. etc etc. We’ve received much gratitude and encouragement  following these events and hope you too will contact us (beewinfield@westnet.com.au ) to discuss opportunities to get this vital info out there in 2013.   It could be your school community, playgroup, sports club, gardening group, private home gathering, event or festival. Bee is available to clarify points or answer questions raised  by the DvD   or indeed one of her own insightful  presentations, then  facilitate discussion which allows  participants  to share their responses, ideas and  plans for positive action.
Here are some of the groups who received vital  information from us in 2009-2012:
 The Nannup Shire Council                            Nannup Flower and Garden Festival,                Busselton/ Dunsborough Environment Center
                   Bunbury Sustainability Festival,             An Organic Affaire Margaret River ,                        Guest speaker at Jude Blereau’s Autumn seminar, Perth
         Permaculture Assoc WA.    Northcliffe community centre                    The Greens state meeting Pemberton 2009     The Greens State meeting Margaret River 2011
 National Organic Week , City Farm Perth                          Climate Action Bunbury         Nannup Wellness Club                    
        Climate Change and Water Issues Public Meeting       Member , Panel Discussion at Trust Organic Festival       Jude Blereau’s  WholeFood Chef class   
Nannup community film nights                     Nannup District High School         World Food Day talk at the Zircon Room Capel         Perth Show Landcare tent, Margaret River Show Sustainability display       Nannup Food Bowl September 2012    
Yallingup Steiner School visit to Merri Bee Farm          Compost workshops and wicking bed workshops Nannup and Manjimup     
South West Transitions Towns Gathering Margaret River December 2012
                                        A few of the nice comments we've received….
Your films and talks have made a big impact on us”   Mike.    Thankyou ….I felt so  nourished on every level….”  Jane “Thankyou for all you are doing to bring sustainable lifestyles to the world” Chris and Lin “We’ve learnt heaps and are greatly inspired” Josh and Liam.    “Your farm is a credit to you and demonstrates what really matters--- a healthy lifestyle for humans , animals and plants” Lance.     “Wonderfully delicious and shockingly educational” Megan. “Already have started my worm farm. Also has changed what I buy from the shops and I’m working on the bigger plan” Ben

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bread Day at Merri Bee Organic Farm March 16th 2013


A Living classroom, Merri Bee Organic Farm is 25 acres of Permaculture which has been developing for over 28 years . The intrepid visitor will find a broad array of tools and techniques for sustainable living. From native bushland restoration to sustainable forestry, broad acre cell grazing and food forestry, to intensive gardens and hand made homes, here is a place of genuine wealth, abundance and beauty.
Please join us ( Stew, Bee and Lee) for a very special sourdough bread class, commencing 9 am and finishing around 3.30  pm.
Everything provided including course notes, recipes and wonderful bread and starter culture to take home…..just bring your enthusiasm to learn how to create super-nutritious food from the land. Let’s face facts, what passes for bread these days contains only 12 cents worth of wheat, many chemicals and GM soy. It is no longer “the staff of life.”
 Learn about how real bread (and it’s life enhancing nutritional properties) is made from paddock to plate while we tour the farm. Get hands - on experience at threshing, winnowing, milling, kneading and baking in an environmentally safe rocket stove YOU can build at home. 
Cost  of this marvellously educational day is   $ 120.00 per person or $200 per couple or family.
For enquires and /or to reserve your spot please email beewinfield@westnet.com.au  or phone Bee on 97561408




Friday, October 26, 2012

Merri Bee Organic Farm goes to the Nannup Food Bowl festival

Friday 25th of October was a good day for many students from South West schools when they visited the Nannup Food Bowl, and Merri Bee Organic farm was there, albeit on the fringe, with Giz Watson,  Greens MLC. We took our alpacas and 3 little pigs down to the town. As usual I forgot my camera. The pigs seemed to enjoy the social occasion but I can't say the same for the alpacas who seemed to be working up spit balls fairly often.
We are there this morning with divine GREENS food calendars and  a food for thought spiel :

 We at Merri Bee Organic Farm are into Permaculture.  On our very small patch (27 acres) we’ve been developing Permaculture for 25 years, building soils and establishing food forests which bring rain and oxygen  to our region and soak up carbon.  We are increasing biodiversity  on our land by simply letting it be, and by importing the best food and fibre plants from all over the globe. With every passing year we introduce many new plants and see and hear new insects, birds and animals. Like a deepening soil, the better it gets, the better it gets, and more complexity means greater resilience , true wealth and  abundance..... like 13 new muscovey ducks all of a sudden.

Our beautiful planet, strangely enough the only one known to be habitable out of the millions discovered out there in the universe, needs Permaculture’s simple ethics now: care of people and all Earth’s ecosystems,  Due to the activities of a rampant human  population, ( a small 20% of which  use 80% of the world’s resources,) in my half -century lifetime there’s been  a huge loss in vegetation and biodiversity coupled with an unprecedented fossil energy use. This has lead to excessive atmospheric carbon and to climate change just as predicted in my teenage years when it was “a minute to midnight”. Now flood, drought, pollution and continual loss of soil threaten all lives on Earth.
We join others whose mission it is to keep open pollinated seed stocks alive. We are saving and selling seed of hundreds of useful plants which may not always be readily available due to current practices such as genetic engineering and the irradiation of imported beans and grains. Seed catalogue here: http://merribeeorganicfarm.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/merri-bee-organic-seeds_3190.html
We have campaigned long and hard to maintain the moratorium on GM crops in WA, as for one thing canola is a brassica related to dozens of  common vegetables we grow, and GM canola will eventually contaminate seed stocks of plants like broccoli , kale  and radish. www.madge.org.au and www.foodwatch.net.au
We have well proven you don’t need synthetic fertilizers and that food tastes indescribably better with natural fertilisers like compost and mulch. A typical fertiliser (urea) factory emits 3.5  million tons of carbon into the air and uses 12 gigaliters of water per annum.  We have proven that with a bit of health building exercise you don’t need  fuel driven tractors, NPK granules, herbicides or pesticides and when you have the help of animals like earthworms, pigs, ducks  and chooks doing the  fertilizing, weeding  and pest control for you ( and lovin’ it), the environment stays clean.  By growing you own food or buying fresh food  from local organic farmers you reduce the 37% of Australia’s GHG emissions which result from Agriculture: the growing, transport , packaging  and  refrigeration of food. And btw, the health of those who eat as nature intended is usually excellent.
So we are here in Nannup,  growing  and preserving hundreds of different delicious organic  fruits, veg, nuts and herbs. We produce quality eggs, pork, lamb and beef dairy and freshly ground whole meal sourdough breads. We do regular deliveries to the southwest towns of Nannup Busselton, Bunbury and Perth, and have been mentioned favourably in many a publication: Spice magazine, 2009 edition of The Food Lovers Guide to Perth, Vogue Gourmet  Traveller, Scoop magazine to name a few.
  Keep your eyes out for the   Merri Bee Organic Food  van or tent  at events this year such as   Nannup Music Festival and Balingup Small Farm Field Day. We glow with pride to hear comments such as “This food rocks” and “My kids wouldn’t eat eggs until they tasted yours, now they eat 2 a day”. And “Ive just had one of your meals and it was like a religious experience”. No wonder we love festivals.
I thank the Universe for the forests that surround Nannup, our beautiful country, for my wonderful partner Stewart and son Lee, and the help of some terrific young ones who come to our corner to learn about Permaculture and help us on the big task of revegetating the world and truly nourishing people. If you would like to join us on an internship please email me here beewinfield@westnet.com.au
Do yourself, your family  and Mother Earth a favour ….  contact us for the best and  tastiest  fresh produce. Your support enables our work.  Good health and daily wonderment to you!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Milking again. Hooray!


Well had a rough  calving season. The sad result  is  10 new cows  on a new property in Karridale became 8. Yes, and we were right there 4 out of 4 difficult calvings.  Seems like there may be too much grass leading to too big a calf? We have had 3 deceased calves,2 deceased cows and 2 only just saved. There were a couple of cases of what we suspect was grass tetany. With one cow  Stew was right beside her. We  had a vet attend  but he would  would not provide the  magnesium solution we believe  would have saved her life.  Even at home here in Nannup the cow pictured above, Jersey, came very close to death with this dramatic disease which is caused by a magnesium deficiency. Any stress, like a difficult birth, can trigger off convulsions and muscle spasms , cow goes down and struggles to get back up, head arches back, teeth grind together audibly, frothing at the mouth, rapid breathing. Treatment  consists of a solution of magnesium  in a bag delivered by subcutaneous injection. 20 minutes or so after the solution enters the cow they usually get up and are OK., that is if they don't require another bag. In Jersey's case she did need 2. We once again   called the vet ( a different one) but in the hour long wait for help to arrive she deteriorated and came very close to death. She moped around for 3 days after that refusing to eat the garlic and raspberry tea I made her. She was touch and go but finally came good and was back to being bossy. She adopted a new calf we obtained from our very helpful dairy farmer friends . PREVENTION is the name of the game for this disease and "milk fever" or otherwise named "calving paralysis" which is similarly dramatic and deadly disease but is caused by a lack of calcium.   Magnesium and calcium naturally occurs in a rock called dolomite. We have spread ground up dolomite lime  on the paddocks here in Nannup 4 years ago but indications are we need to do it again. Mean while we will put a magnesium oxide dust on the paddocks at Karridale and in the water troughs today to try and prevent any cows yet to calve having these difficulties. After all our trevails it is really nice to report that Jersey and Moon the calf are doing well and we , the pigs , chooks and the cat and dog are loving the  milk. I am going to pasteurize some and see if the animals reject it.Update! Our dog and cat proved only one thing: that they like milk. They didn't care if it was heated or raw, they clearly enjoyed it either way and had no preference. Sorry if that disappoints you.
Moonie a few moths later with his "Aunty Jane".
 Jersey has stopped bothering to kick after a week long  a battle of wills. I seem to have won , and the result is one and half buckets of milk every morning . With lashings of thick cream and a plethora of eggs It is truly a land flowing with milk and honey in spring. I feel  ice cream  production is next on the agenda. Made with honey this will be very special food for invalids and babies , full of vitamin A and D as Dr Weston Price ordered.  Nearly finished Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston Price. One of the most profound  books I have ever read. Will be doing  a book review soon. His message is of monumental importance and is very very different to current trends. There could be nothing more important for teenagers to hear, as the health of the next generation is being formed by the diet of parents- to- be way before conception.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Merri Bee Organic Seeds


Merri Bee Organic Seed Catalogue
We have grown much of our own food for 30 years here on the farm,  great food, and   increasingly from home saved seeds.  Here  is our seed collection, so you too can enjoy the wonderful taste of heritage vegetables and rare fruits.  

Merri Bee Organic Seeds

The seeds we sell are produced on our  organic farm. They are from plants we have found particularly good ( productive and  disease resistant ) over many decades in the Nannup area. Some are the result of a long search for a great tasting vegetable that will grow in the hot  dry / cold wet conditions we experience here. Therefore these locally bred seeds should grow particularly well in the Southwest of Western Australia.
They are open pollinated non hybrid seeds….meaning you can continue on the tradition by saving seeds for yourself. Select the best all round plant which has the traits you desire.
At Merri Bee Organic Farmacy we have growing over 100 species grwoing in our  food forest so we are well placed to provide  the seed diversity necessary for a truly sustainable and self-reliant food system. We wish to supply urban and rural organic agriculture movements with an alternative to  industrially produced, corporate-owned seeds. It  is our hope that many gardeners will look to Merri Bee as a source for local seed sovereignty.
The seed revolution is underway as communities do what comes naturally — grow food, save seeds, and share the harvest. We're seeing the rebirth of seed saving as an essential part of home gardening and local resilience.
 If you have discovered a really useful Permaculture plant and saved its seeds, we are wanting to hear from you!
So far, thankfully, Genetically Engineered crops  have not been grown in our Shire of Nannup, Western Australia. The brassica  family include a  long list of vegetables, ( broccoli, cabbage,  kale, rocket, radish, pakchoy to name some) , and you will notice they include  the most nutritious vegetables you can eat, particularly effective at preventing cancer. It is possible for G.E. canola to hybridize with brassica vegetables by the agency of pollinating  insects. We will continue to keep vigilant regards this concern. For further ( hair raising) information on the dangers of eating genetically engineered plants and their Round Up residues please visit 
Food Watch W.A.

Our seed cost $3.50 a packet, and can be posted all over Australia. Please add  $4.oo for postage and handling to your order, no matter how big or small. 
Terry Redman, Minister for Agriculture, gave farmers the “choice” to grow GM canola ………and contaminate our state with a Monsanto owned patented seed . He said that GM was just another tool in the farmers toolbox. If you would like a "Biggest Tool" ( In  Monsanto's  Tool Box)  bumper sticker featuring Mr Redman , please add $2.00 to your seed order.

Merri Bee Organic Seed Catalogue

Or post to Merri Bee Organic Farm, PO Box 337, Nannup 6275
Cost $3.50 per packet,  plus $4.00   postage (no matter how big the order).

Species
Variety
Botanical name
Description
Grain  Amaranthus


An annual plant that can be eaten raw or cooked and the seeds can be popped. High in vitamins and minerals. Both the amaranth plants make good high protein animal fodder. Easy to grow. Plant in Spring-Summer. (400 seeds/packet)
Amaranth
Leaf
Amaranthus gangeticus
A nutritious vegie. Steam the whole plant, stem and all. Throw into any dish at the last minute of cooking. An annual plant growing to 1.5m. Rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. (450 seeds/packet)
Asparagus
Mary Washington

Plant seeds in spring in a garden bed.
The following winter dig up these “one year old crowns” and transplant to permanent position in rich soil. Do not harvest delicious shoots until 3rd Spring: Cease picking mid November and let ferns develop to feed the root system.
Artichoke
Globe Imperial Star
Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus
Perennials that produce a delicious edible flower buds over a long season. Plant Autumn and Spring
Basil
Thai
Ocimum sp.
Widely used in Asian cooking with its anise-flavoured leaves. Produces a bushy plant, best grown in a warm, sunny location.
Basil, Sweet
Italian Genovese
Ocimum basilicum

Bean, Broad
Aquadulce
Vicia faba
Sow late summer to winter. Heirloom, early, prolific beans. Tall plants with long pods. (20 seeds)
Beetroot
Detroit
Beta vulgaris
Sow winter - autumn temperate climates, spring - autumn colder climates, all but wet season in tropical climates. High in vitamin C, folic acid and potassium. Can be steamed, boiled or grated and eaten raw in salads, try dressed with fresh orange juice. (120 seeds/packet)
Bean
Blue lake climbing bean
Phaseolus vulgaris
One of the best eating beans we have found. Green stringless round pods. Matures in 60 days, crops for many weeks. Climbs forever! Needs a tall trellis.
Bean
Adzuki
Vigna angularis
Ever so popular in Japanese cuisine, where it is cooked with sugar to create sweet dishes. Adzukis are a bush bean which fixes nitrogen. They can be left to mature a crop of high protein, small red beans. Good Chook fodder.
Bean
Lab lab
Dolicos lab lab
A rampant climber/ scrambler that fixes nitrogen very well and is drought tolerant. A great soil improver. Chooks enjoy the dried beans. Sown in late summer, you could transform a barren tract of land into a vegie garden. Frost will kill off the plant but in frost free areas whipper snip the vine off at ground level and plant seedlings into the resultant mulch in spring.
Bean
Snake

A super prolific bearer of long skinny beans that look like a green snake with a pink tail. If    not harvested daily they soon turn dry on the vine and provide you with abundant black beans for winter soups.
Bean
Mung

Small green dried bean used for sprouts and chook food. Like many other pulses, seeds and brown rice, mungs are grown overseas and irradiated to enter Australia. Want nutrition from dried beans? Be self reliant or buy organic.
Bean
Idyllwild Dwarf bean
Phaseolus vulgaris
Prolific bean of fine flavour. Matures earlier than climbing bean.
Broccoli
Italian sprouting
Brasica oleracea
A popular sprouting variety and easy to grow, especially in cool climates. Takes 10 weeks to mature. (600 seeds/packet)
Cabbage
sugarloaf
Brassica oleracea var capitata
Sow early spring to autumn, temperate & cold climates; most months in warmer climates. Sweet and tender, excellent in coleslaw or cooked. (200 seeds/packet)
Cabbage
perpetual
Brassica oleracea var capitata
Keeps on producing small cabbages for years
Cabbage, Chinese
Pak Choi
Brassica Rapa
Sow Pak Choi seeds during late winter or autumn since it grows best in cool weather. If you plant it in spring it is liable to bolt. Like coriander, it is best to plant going into shorter days. A classic in stir fries and used to make a popular Korean ferment called Kim Chi (1000 seeds/packet)
Calendula
English or pot marigold
Calendula officinalis
An annual plant you simply must have. I have used on virulent desert sores to great effect. Just mush up the flower and apply with a bandage. “Calendula extracts may have anti-viral, anti-genotoxic and anti-inflammatory properties.” Very bright golden attractive flowers will cheer you in winter. They will go on and on if you pick off the old flowers. Plant in autumn.
Chilli
Habenero
Capsicum chinense
Extremely hot. You have been warned. Plant seeds in August under glass, ( wash hands thoroughly afterwards to avoid facial burns) , transplant after danger of frost is passed. Chilli spray is effective in crop defence against elephants and other pests.
Capsicum
Californian Wonder
Capsicum annuum
A sweet capsicum that grows to 50cm. The medium-sized fruit can be eaten green or red. Plant as for chilli above. Red capsis are worth the long wait….they’re yummy and their vitamin C content is fabulous
Capsicum
Stan and Edna’s
Capsicum annuum
A prolific producer of sweet, fleshy little red capsicums that mature early. High in vitamin C and just a touch piquant ( hot)  Great roasted.
Capsicum
MIXED  
Capsicum annuum
A surprise packet of all sorts of delicious sweet capsicums and just a few hot chilis. 
Carrot
All season
Daucus carota var sativa
Carrots are 15cm long, with high yield. Takes 10 weeks to mature. (700 seeds/packet)
Carrot
Purple Dragon
Daucus carota
A purple carrot variety. Best planted after frosts in deep, well-drained soil. Keep seedlings damp. Ready to eat in 12 weeks. (700 seeds/packet)
Carob

Ceratonia siliqua
The female carob tree bears great quantities of sweet chocolate favoured pods, with B vitamins. Good stock fodder. Make carob powder with a coffee grinder.
Honey locust

Gleditsia triacanthos
I snuck this in here because it is similar to carob. Can be a thorny tree, but lovely light shade, drought proof, stock fodder as sweet pods over autumn months. 
Celery
Tendercrisp
Apium graveolens var dulce
Stringless variety well suited to the home gardener. Very hardy and can handle cold weather. (1250 seeds/packet)
Chamomile
German/True
Matricaria chamomilla
This sweet  herb makes a relaxing herbal tea with proven nervine properties. Plant in spring and autumn in a sunny position. (4800 seeds/packet)
Chives
Garlic/Chinese
Allium tuberosum
Garlic flavoured chives, with edible leaves and flowers. (120 seeds/packet)
Corn
Cheif Seattle
Zea Mays
Ever so pretty corn ( the pinky one pictured above) . A real surprise packet as to what colours you might get. Good for high protein chook food with those small size niblets on medium size cobs,
Pop corn


Are the smell of popping  organic popcorn. Popcorn and pesto. Lolly cobble blissbombs  OH yeah!
Corn
Aztec and Hopi Blue
Aztec pictured above
 Hopi, a navy blue edged with aqua, and the marigold colours of an Aztec sunset, these are almost too pretty to eat ....but corn is one of the most nutritious foods around with the right "nixtamalization" process.  Let it dry on the cob and later grind into corn meal for tortillas or polenta. 
Common Guava


Yellow tropical fruit with salmon coloured flesh which is very rich in Vitamin C and banana flavours.  Born in profusion on an attractive evergreen small tree. Frost tender.
Coriander
Slowbolt
Coriandrum sativum
Widely used herb - use leaves for asian cooking and fresh salads, use seeds for curries. Reported to help eliminate mercury from the body. Annual plant to 50cm with small white flowers. Self-sowing. Plant in spring-summer in moist ground. Many medicinal uses. (140 seeds/packet)
Cosmos
Crimson pink and white
Cosmos sulphureus
This flower blooms heavily until the first frost. It grows fast and lives for one year. Cosmos can grow up to 1 metre and it prefers average to dry soil. (125 seeds/packet)
Dill


Popular medicinal and culinary herb traditionally served with fish. Soothes colic .Seeds can be also used for flavouring, aka dill pickled   cucumber and pumpernickel bread. Plant Autumn and Spring.
Corn
Sweet corn Golden Bantam
Zea Mayssaccharata var. rugosa
A wonderful sweet corn which often produces 2 cobs . Heavily composted and watered it may produce 3 tasty cobs with old fashioned corn flavour
Corn
 Aztec
Zea mays amylacea
Great fun field corn which occurs in an infinite variety of colours. Dry the cobs on the plant and make your own tortillas after nixtamilisation ( you can google that)
Cucumber
Lebanese
Cucumis sativus
Smooth skinned variety grown on a small bush. Picked at 20cm with great flavour and low acid. (40 seeds/packet)
Egg plant
Thai green
Solanum melongena
Plant in August under glass , transplant seedlings after danger of frost has passed. Called Brinjal in its native India, the egg plant will often live for 2 seasons given a mild winter.  These slim green aubergines need no salting  to remove bitterness and are delicious when lightly steamed then fried in a small amount of olive oil.
Flax
Common flax or linseed
Linum usitatissimum
One of the super foods for human and animal alike. Easy to grow, harvest , thresh and winnow. Sow in Autumn and spring. Flimsy plant at first. Small Pale blue flowers turn into round seed heads
Fennel
Florence, Romanesco
Foeniculum dulce
Produces white stems used in fresh salads, and as a cooking vegetable. Seeds taste like black jellybeans! Great in home made salami. Plant direct into ground from winter to autumn. (200 seeds/packet)
Kale
Scotch
Brassica oleracea var acephala
A Mediterranean vegetable used like cabbage Rich in Vitamin A, folate and calcium. Plant in drained, sunny soil in late summer to autumn. Frost hardy. Frost sweetens flavour in fact  (150 seeds/packet)
Japanese

Raisin tree

Hovenia dulcis
Is a hardy deciduous tree to grow in sunny positions on moist sandy or loamy soils. The fleshy fruit stalks are very sweet in late May /June, like raisins. The tree grows quite fast and provides hard wood for structural uses and fine furniture. As well as promoting fauna diversity, the tree is not antagonistic to other flora and assists in improving soil fertility through humification.[7]
Jacaranda
Blue Beauty
Jacaranda mimosifolia
A deciduous light shade tree. In summer it is magnificently clothed in delightful blue violet flowers. Drought tolerant.
Jujube
Chinese date
Ziziphus zizyphus
Desert tree, deciduous with attractive shiny leaves, bears very sweet dry fruits in Autumn, looking very ornamental like small shiny red pears. Some cultivars may have small thorns
Larkspur


Gorgeously coloured  flowers on tall spikes .Pinks, purples and mauves
Lettuce
Festival
Lactuca Sativa
Our fave lettuce. Slow to bolt, slow to bitter. Keep it well watered for masses of cut and come again leaves
Lettuce
Brown Romaine
Lactuca Sativa
It takes 7 days for germination and 57 days to mature. This vegetable is heat tolerant and can grow up to 20 cm. It is best to plant Brown Romaine 60 days before the last frost date. (400 seeds/packet)
Marigold
Sparky
Tagetes patula
Sow spring & summer, autumn in frost free areas. Thrives in temperate & subtropical climates. Attractive edible flowers in red, orange and yellow colours. The plant is useful in nematode control if foliage is pruned and dug through soil. Plant 4mm deep. (350 seeds/packet)
Mizuna
Typical
Brassica rapa var. nipposinica
Sow early spring & autumn. Traditional Japanese salad green. Forms dense, non-hearting clump of long narrow, tender green leaves that have a slight cabbage & mustard flavour. Beautiful for salad mixes. (600 seeds/packet)
Mustard
Red
Brassica  Juncea
This is a Japanese type of 
mustard which has large savoyed maroon coloured leaves. WARNING! As hot as wasabi if you eat it raw. Cooked in stir fries they are tame. Great plant for disinfecting soil but may become a weed so collect seed or harvest before maturity
Nasturtium
Mixed
Tropaeolum majus
Sow spring, summer; autumn after frosts, temperate & subtropical. Edible flowers, high in Vit. C, believed to repel borers & aphids. Annual. (12 seeds/packet)
Onion
Cream gold
Allium fistulosum
Good keeping onion of strong flavour. Use one home grown onion instead of 3 artificially grown onions! 
Annual. Plant in Autumn in seed trays. ‘Plant seedlings in winter into well weeded and mulched soil. Matures around December. Harvest when tops are dried off and hopefully before the globes get sunburnt.
Onion
Red
Allium fistulosum
Red onions are high in flavonoids.[1]
They can be stored 3 to 4 months at room temperature.. Culture as above
Onion, shallots
Japanese Bunching/Green Bunching
Allium cepa var. aggregatum
Perennial, can be propagated from offsets once established. Sow spring, autumn, winter. Suitable for temperate, subtropical & tropical zones. Mild, sweet spring onion without bulb. Best for stir fries and salads. (75 seeds/packet)
Parsley
Curled
Petroselinum crispum
Parsley is a medicinal plant that is rich in iron and vitamins A,B and C. Sow parsley outdoors in early spring, however this plant can be grown in pots indoors. Seeds will germinate within 3-4 weeks. (550 seeds/packet)
Passionfruit
Nellie Kelly
Passiflora edulis
The one we have grown for 26 years. Feed the soil, water the plant, protect from frost while young. Nowadays passions can’t handle the full fierce sun, so trellis on an east facing wall. Delicious purple fruit with yellow pulp. Divine!
Parsnip
Hollow Crown
Pastinaca sativa
Sow Parsnip seeds in sandy-loam soil from March to Mid-May. Start harvesting at the start of late autumn and the yield will continue until winter. Parsnip is a good source of vitamins and minerals, and tastes of coconut to me (300 seeds/packet)
Pumpkin
Brocky sweet
Cucurbit moschata
Firm orange flesh. Grows well in warmer climates. Excellent flavour. (22 seeds/packet)
Pumpkin seeds
Pepita
Cucurbita pepo var. styriaca,
Check out wonderful Wikipedia on the amazing properties of pumpkin seeds, from parasite cleanse to diachromatic oils….fascinating
Pumpkin
Queensland Blue
Cucurbita maxima
Sow pumpkin seeds 20mm deep and must be positioned in full sun. To contain growth, pinch off the ends of the vine if more than 2 metres long and has   ample flowers. (16 seeds/packet)
Radish
French Breakfast
Raphanus sativus
Oval-shaped scarlet radish 7cm long with white tips. Resistant to cold and ready to eat in 4 weeks. Plant Autumn-Spring. (225 seeds/packet)
Rocket
Salad or Aragula
Eruca sativa
A great peppery salad green leaf. Plant early spring or late summer. Ready to eat in 30 days. (550 seeds/packet)
Sesame Seed


grows like a snapdragon during frost free months. 
Spinach, English
Giant of Winter
Spinacia oleracea
Hardy with large glossy leaves. This leafy plant can be eaten cooked or raw. Plant in autumn-winter. (60 seeds/packet)
Silver beet
Rainbow chard

Red, yellow orange or white stems make this silver beet pretty enough to put in a vase. Nutritious plant, high in folate and magnesium. Should be cooked
Sunflower
Giant Russian
Helianthus annus
A large yellow flower on a 2m tall stalk. Great for human and animal food. Vitamin E !! 
strawberry guava


delicious small crimson aromatic fruits on an evergreen small tree. drought resistant 
Tomato
Beefsteak
Lycopersicon esculentum
A solid, juicy tomato with a meaty texture. Produces great tomatoes and they do   require staking. (90 seeds/packet)
Tomato
Green grape
Lycopersicon esculentum
A tall vine tomato, producing many sweet and delicious cherry tomatoes. Excellent in salads and cooking. (70 seeds/packet)
Tomato
Grosse Lisse
Lycopersicon lycopersicum
Very popular tomato for the home garden. Large red tomatoes with great flavour. Usually requires staking. (60 seeds/packet)
Tomato
Pecorinio
Lycopersicon lycopersicum
Small cherry tomato in bunches with good   flavour. (60 seeds/packet)



Water Spinach
Kang Kong
Ipomea aquatica
Very nutritious leafy greens , grows in or near water during warmer months
Watermelon
Yellow Mountain
Citrullus vulgaris
Small 20cm/4kg round melon with bright yellow and very sweet flesh. Sweeter than red ones folks. Easy to grow, early producer and suited to cooler climates. (20 seeds/packet)