Seed Freaks aiming to save rare varieties


In their first Agfest, Seed Freaks outline an ambitious goal to preserve some of the world’s rarest seed varieties.

The Surges Bay family-run business preserve some of the world’s rarest seeds. An increasingly important job as 93 percent of the globe’s vegetable varieties have already been lost.

Seed Freaks organically grow one of the largest selections of heirloom and open-pollinated tomatoes in Australia, and here at their first Agfest, seeds from 150 tomato varieties are available. There is also a wide range of rare and unusual beans, chillies, eggplants, corn, cucumbers and many other vegetables. The stall “looks like a lolly shop of seed goodies,” says owner Linda Cockburn.

Linda says Seed Freaks and dedicated home gardeners are helping to stop the extinction of more rare plant species.

“We are encouraging people to save the seeds. Many varieties have unique stories and histories and we want to save as many as possible,” says Linda.

“It is now home gardeners keeping them alive.”

Seed Freaks is giving out a mystery seed with every $25 dollar spent, and they are happy to buy or swap heirloom bean seeds that they don’t already have.

Seed Freaks can be found in the Tasnetwork Craft Pavilions at G12 in Pavilion G.