crofting 19 November 2018

Helping the Rye-volution: Crofter-to-Crofter Seed Practice Day

A small but determined and engaged group of crofters from the isle of Lismore in Argyle and from Lochaber undertook the long journey to Uist last weekend, braving  ferry cancellations and road closures.  The aim: to learn about cereal seed growing in a crofting context, i.e. for small-scale producers in the north west of Scotland.  […]

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Community groups 20 January 2021

Our Seeds in the North

Charlie Gray, Seed Sovereignty Programme Coordinator for Northern England, gives a whistle-stop tour of some of the most exciting seed happenings across the region. The Lancaster Seed Library Initiated by Transition City Lancaster and Incredible Edible Lancaster, the Lancaster Seed Library started in 2015 with the aim of bringing back the lost skill of seed saving. […]

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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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Commercial Growers 05 December 2018

An Interview with Fred Groom from Vital Seeds in Devon

Where did your passion for seed start? My passion for seed started while I was at university studying Human Ecology and came from a political perspective initially. I was shocked to learn about the concentration of control and power within the global seed industry, and how traditional varieties  and the precious genetic diversity within them […]

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Commercial Growers 19 January 2021

Seed Stories of the South West

This year ‘Seed Week 2021’ shares stories of South West grower’s favourite varieties and why they love saving seeds! If you’re interested in being involved in the Seed Sovereignty Programme – get in touch with Robyn or Ellen (, or your local Regional Coordinator. Follow the South West @swseedsovuk Mandy Barber at Incredible Vegetables […]

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Get Growing 04 December 2018

An Interview with Wayne Frankham from the Irish Seed Savers

Where did your passion for seed start? For me it was a culmination of practical thrift, community action – and a working bumblebee which inspired an unadulterated fascination with natures symbiotic relationships and how they can create an astonishing abundance. An abundance which serves mutual benefits for multiple species and organisms – plants/mammals/birds/insects/soil. It was […]

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