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Where possible previous talks are now up on our Youtube channel, just search Bristol Seed Swap. 

Liz Zorab First steps in food security

Liz Zorab runs Byther Farm using permaculture practices with regenerative and instinctive gardening. On less than 0.8 acre, she grows over 80% of the food and drink they enjoy each year. They also sell vegetables via a CSA model.

Liz spent more than 20 years working with specialist housing charities and in community development. An award-winning gardener, she gained an RHS Silver Medal for a community-led garden featured on BBC's Gardeners World Live in 2002. A health crisis led Liz to turn to her life-long passion for gardening and grow your own food as a career.

She regularly writes for Permaculture Magazine, teaches gardening and self-sufficiency skills and encourages thousands of people to take up their trowels and live their dreams through a vibrant YouTube Channel, Liz Zorab - Byther Farm.

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Sara Venn Food justice and seed sovereignty in Bristol and beyond.

Sara will discuss food justice, and it's important role in a future that focuses on food and seed sovereignty.


From homesteading to community farms, grassroots actions can make a future food system that is equitable, allows for culturally appropriate food to be grown and eaten, and, supports sustainable livelihoods.

Diane Holness   Seed Saving: How and why to do it. 

This talk will be on Youtube till April 7th

Seed saving is as fascinating and satisfying as any aspect of gardening, lets make it part of the mainstream again!


10 good reasons to save seeds - plus


  • The basics: the easiest seeds to save,

  • How to process and store seeds.

  • What factors you need to investigate before saving seeds from trickier vegetables and flowers,

  • Real world solutions for saving some of the trickier seeds

  • A tiny bit about plant breeding and my pet project


Diane Holness has been involved with running Bristol Seed Swap since 2015.

Diane is an artist and model maker currently working for Aardman Animations. She gardens for herself on her allotment, at Golden Hill Community Garden and in her small urban back garden. She also works under the name of Urban Eden Designs as a garden designer and gardener, specialising in productive and wildlife friendly gardens. 

So not at all obsessed with growing food, or seeds then...

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