Summer Seed Gathering in Omata

Published February 04, 2015

Seed Savers Taranaki in conjunction with Hive Taranaki Environment Centre – a seed gathering afternoon

Summer Seedsavers Gathering
Saturday 7 March 12pm until dusk
Jodi Roebuck – The Seedkeeper Farmlet
310, Hurford Road, Omata

Our Summer gathering will be at Jodi Roebuck’s Seedkeeper Farmlet, this will be an afternoon packed with seed saving education, ideas and inspiration, read on for the suggested plan for the afternoon…

As this is Jodi’s livelihood there is a $20 charge per person. Also, because of business liability the afternoon has been customised for adults, so on this occasion no children nor pets can join us.

Jodi’s style of gardening is biointensive which starts with his gardening and extends throughout his farmlet. Just to get a flavour of Jodi’s expeSeedrience and experiences here are a few words from him…

“Taranaki Seedsman Jodi Roebuck has 20 years experience in design and agriculture. He has apprenticed, interned and studied with world leaders in permaculture, seedsaving, biointensive gardening, greenhouse growing, grazing and broad acre farm planning. International students flock to his farmlet to develop their management skills and learn hands on with Jodi.

Common threads within the different disciplines he offers are “Calories for the farmer, carbon for the farm”, “Disturbance, rest and succession” and multi faceted portable infrastructures.

Jodi consults regularly in Victoria, Australia and California, and regularly attends courses – In 2014 a Permaculture Design Course with Darren Doherty, The Fields of Farmers tour with Joel Salatin and courses at Taranaki Farm (Victoria), The Family Farm (N.Z) and The Koanga Institute.”

We will meet at 12pm at the top of Jodi’s driveway to get a great overview of the property and Jodi will welcome us onto his farmlet. Jodi will then give a presentation show casing his work on his farmlet around biointensive gardening, seedsaving and beyond. There will be a Q & A after the presentation and then a customised tour of the farmlet (where there will probably even more Q & A’s). We will then make our way back to the Education building for afternoon tea and seed swapping. A plate for afternoon tea is appreciated, and as we are starting earlier than usual you may like to bring lunch too.

If possible it would be helpful to RSVP, so Jodi can prepare in advance for the afternoon. My email is and if you would like to pay in advance, please drop into Hive Environment Centre and pay there. If you are not sure what you are doing on that date and decide to come along on the day and haven’t RSVP’d that is not a problem.

Look forward to seeing at our first seed saving gathering of 2015.