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Self-Sufficiency and prepping

Seed To Plate

Seed To Plate is the process and gateway to Self-Sufficiency, using the Trade Shack to create holistic connections between postcode community members, learning and growing. Going beyond the conventional approach. From sowing to growing, all locally within your Postcode Community.

Seed to plate


Backyard Growing.

Welcome to the “Seed To Plate” journey with Tradeshack AU, a captivating adventure that takes you from the humble beginnings of seed to the satisfaction of a homegrown meal. This journey is not just about growing food; it’s about building resilient, self-sufficient communities, promoting sustainable practices, and embracing a lifestyle that brings us closer to nature.

At Tradeshack AU, we believe in the power of local communities. Our “Seed To Plate” concept is a testament to this belief. We provide access to heirloom seeds, non-GMO produce, and local food to everyone in the postcode community. This is one of the cornerstones of the Trade Shack, helping you along the way to find local produce or grow your own.

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Why this way?

The Vision

Our approach is simple yet powerful. By encouraging and assisting people in the local community to grow their food, we aim to create a network of backyard and local commercial growers. This not only promotes self-sufficiency but also strengthens community bonds.

But why stop at food? Our vision extends to all aspects of sustainable living. From companion planting to raising animals, from making homemade goods to sharing knowledge, we are here to guide you every step of the way.

At Tradeshack AU, we are not just about trading goods; we are about exchanging ideas, sharing experiences, and building a community that cares for its environment and its members.

Our “Seed To Plate” journey is about more than just self-sufficiency; it’s about creating a lifestyle that respects nature, values community, and cherishes the simple joys of growing and sharing food.

Is it only FOOD?

Let’s have a closer look. 

It is all interconnected, starting at the seed level. Our lives over the years have become very disconnected from nature. With the disconnect, we also sacrificed togetherness and support from our fellow human beings and communities. The disconnect between us and the food we eat is the result of islands of intensive and chemical-dependent farming. Intentionally created for profit and reliance on big companies providing food on our tables. 

It does not need to be that way.

Plants, particularly vegetables, can thrive using non-GMO seeds, fewer chemicals, and proper care. Great results are seen using Companion Planting. It is a full cycle of interconnectivity between herbs, companion plants, and vegetables that will enable you to grow enough food for your family. Without the need for chemicals, it is not easy but very very rewarding. 

You need space and time, and it is hard work. Getting the family involved, strong connections are formed, and a sense of responsibility and accountability is built for generations to come. Strong family connections build strong supportive communities. People who care for their environment and one another will be better off in the long run. 

Members of your Postcode Community know what best grows in your area due to their experiences. Using seeds from their produce means you have access to climatised seeds. They will be members who know about Companion Planting and what herbs grow in the area.  We want to connect those who know how to grow in the local area with future growers or customers.

How does seed to plate work?

The Process

The Seed To Plate is the process that supports postcode communities, from planting seeds to growing to trading to eating. Backyard Growers are the centre of that. Focusing on fresh quality food grown locally, traded locally, and consumed locally.

Trade Shack pulls it all together in a single place.

We are not reinventing the wheel. We are not rewriting what is good. We are consolidating, collaborating and contributing to building strong communities.  This all builds up to the seed-to-plate destination of the Trade Shack journey.

The Trade Shack hopes to be a one-stop shop from the source (seed, eggs and others) to application and consumption. Influencing, learning, supporting, encouraging, and engaging every step. This journey hopes to grow you into a more self-sufficient you and your community. It is a form of prepping, and we only write or post what is factually proven and done by a community member. 

It does not stop with growing. It is not limited to food. It is about shortening the supply chain. If you produce something local using local materials, we love to see your products advertised on the Trade Shack. 

Join us on this journey and discover the power of “Seed To Plate”.

Here are five compelling facts about “Seed To Plate” in relation to backyard growing:

  1. Backyard growing promotes self-sufficiency and reduces dependence on commercially grown produce.
  2. It allows you to control the quality of your food, ensuring that it’s free from harmful chemicals and GMOs.
  3. Growing your own food can be a rewarding and therapeutic activity, promoting mental well-being.
  4. It encourages sustainable practices, such as composting and water conservation.
  5. Backyard growing fosters a sense of community as growers often share their produce, seeds, and gardening tips with their neighbours.

For more insights and experiences from our community members, visit our sister page Trade Shack AU Social. Here, you’ll find a vibrant community of growers, traders, and sustainability enthusiasts sharing their stories, tips, and inspirations.

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