Dyfi Valley Seed Savers is a not-for-profit organisation, based in Machynlleth, mid-Wales, and run mainly by volunteers. They promote the saving and swapping of seed with the aim of:
* preserving old or unusual vegetables;
* nurturing our local knowledge and plant heritage;
* promoting sustainable gardening and a flourishing local community.
Going strong since 2004, their events includes an annual seed swap ('Seedy Sunday') and plant swap ('Seedling Saturday'), as well as workshops throughout the year. It's a chance for experienced and novice gardeners to get together, exchange their seeds and plants, learn something new and share their expertise.
Projects include the Welsh Vegetable Project which is discovering local vegetable varieties and bringing them back into cultivation in the area. They are also compiling The Apple Mach Register – a record of apple varieties being grown locally.
Added to this, they have produced a free download 'Growing Fruit in Powys' which surveyed 22 orchards and gathered the experiences of fruit growers all over Powys. Specific to their bioregion, it is nonetheless a document full of useful information and priceless experience.
* Get advice on planning your orchard
* Recommended apple, pear and plum varieties for Powys
* Case studies of real people and their orchards
* Information on grants for planting fruit trees
* Advice on earning an income from fruit growing
* A comprehensive list of resources.
Read Wade Muggleton's 'Caring For Fruit', a detailed article in Permaculture 79 out now.