Commercial Growers 06 December 2018

Where to Buy Local, Organic Seed this Year

To celebrate Seed Week we’ve brought together a list of producers who are all committed to cultivating, selecting and saving the best possible quality organic seed. By supporting small-scale producers based here in the UK and Ireland you cast a vote for an ecologically sane seed and food system that doesn’t cost the Earth. So […]

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Commercial Growers 02 May 2021

A Seed Saving Year with Jason – April

Jason Horner has recently made the switch from organic market gardener to organic seed producer. He’ll be updating us regularly on the trials, tribulations, delights and rewards of being a seed producer.   It has been four months since my last market day and a lot has happened in the interim. People ask me whether […]

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Commercial Growers 07 December 2018

We meet Maria Scholten & Poyntzfield Herb Nursery in Scotland

Where did your passion for seed start? Gardening on the Canadian prairies for a while under semi-arid conditions, my biodynamically trained farmer friend Ginie would recommend biological locally produced seeds because of their strength.  That was one of the first occasions I started thinking about seed and ‘local adaptation inside a seed’. The Canadian BAFTA […]

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Commercial Growers 03 June 2021

‘Make Room for Seed’ webinar – recording now available!

At the end of May, we held our ‘Make Room for Seed: Seed Production in Market Gardens’ webinar. Market gardeners and commercial growers hold a vital part in developing our seed sovereignty here in the UK both in terms of variety and quantity of locally-produced seed. However, one of the biggest concerns from commercial growers […]

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Commercial Growers 06 December 2018

An interview with Ellen Rignell at Trill Farm, Devon

Where did your passion for seed start? I became interested in seed during my traineeship at Trill Farm Garden. We grew a crop of beetroot seed for HSL during my first year at Trill and I really enjoyed seeing how a biennial crop transforms from a familiar vegetable to flowering shoots. I then went on […]

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Commercial Growers 17 June 2021

A Seed-Saving Year at Leen Organics – May

In this month’s installment Jason ponders purslane, battles bog mint, and plants a pack of pumpkins in his polytunnel for protection from pernicious possibilities.   It’s the end of April and there is great excitement as the first seed crop of the year, Purslane/Claytonia, comes in. This is where the learning goes up a notch […]

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