Diggers heirloom food legends

The Diggers Club has been instrumental in rescuing our culinary inheritance. Plant breeders convinced themselves that 'new equals improved', so the older standard varieties began to disappear as new hybrids took over.

In contrast to these industrial hybrids, heirloom varieties are a gardener's inheritance and their stories can be traced back through the generations, with seeds saved and shared by families and friends. 

Diggers pioneered the revival of heirlooms in Australia. We have received six awards for our work and many of our heirlooms, such as those listed here, are now a common sight at markets and green grocers. We encourage you to grow them too and become part of our vital preservation work.