North England 21 July 2022

On the Trail of the Leakey Bean Collection

Since visiting the Leakey home in May 2021, Northern England Coordinator Charlie has had the pleasure of speaking regularly with Tamsin about her father, Professor Colin Leakey and his beans. Tamsin and her mother welcomed Charlie to their home, where Professor Leakey lived his final years and where they have the remaining dwarf french beans […]

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Beanfeast © Kev Howard
North England 06 October 2022

Beanfeast: The Best Bits

In September the Seed Sovereignty Programme’s northern network held a Beanfeast. Communities would, traditionally, band together during harvest season for intense work as well as celebration: bringing in crops, saving seed and feasting on bounty. It is a time to, literally, enjoy the fruits of our labour. “Our recent Beanfeast event in the north of […]

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A Legacy ImbueA Legacy Imbued in the Seed © Andy Pilsbury

A Legacy Imbued in the Seed

A new film from The Gaia Foundation’s Seed Sovereignty series celebrates The Leakey Bean Collection. It’s a story of seed as a source of connection to plants and people who have come before, as well as those yet to follow; deep rooted but always evolving.   Watch the film: Read the interactive story: Since the […]

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Commercial Growers 27 February 2024

Northern Seed Stories

For Seed Week, our Northern England Coordinator, Catherine Howell, has gathered stories from some of the wonderful people she is lucky enough to share the region with. Scroll away, or skip to a chapter that catches your eye: Chapter 1 – Growing a seed library, Toxteth Chapter 2 – Potato Day, Norton Chapter 3 – […]

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North England 07 November 2023

Building a Seedarium!

Coordinator for Northern England Catherine Howell guides us through how to create a captivating and portable display for your seeds… One of the challenges with promoting seed sovereignty at public events is displays – seeds are very small and tables often very big and flat!  Creating an impact, and enticing people’s curiosity, can be challenging.  […]

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