Previous Online Events
Through the course of the seasons we often host and collaborate on many online events. Here you can find recordings of these events, alongside information on the speakers, hosts, networks and communities involved.
Farming the Future Webinars
The Farming the Future Webinar Programme is a partnership between the CSA Network UK, us at the Seed Sovereignty Programme run by the Gaia Foundation, the Landworkers’ Alliance and the Organic Growers Alliance, as part of a webinar series funded by Farming the Future.
This series focuses on practical teaching and farmer-to-farmer knowledge exchanges from farmers and growers from around the UK. The series is designed to increase knowledge exchange and learning on both the politics and practice of agroecology, seed sovereignty and food sovereignty.
If you would like to be involved in running a webinar, a theme or practice you would would like to know more about, or have a specific topic you would like to present on please get in touch with the CSA Network UK at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seeds of Crisis, Movement and Liberation
Seeds are deeply charismatic materials, and they’re also these things that most everyone is always coming into contact with from a very young age (most often as food). They’ve co-evolved with humans and nonhumans for millennia to be easily collected, kept, carried, lost, cast away. Seed work, or agrobiodiversity conservation, is a timeless set of relations of survival, subsistence, creativity, and play; however it’s clear we’re experiencing a resurgence of local food organising, cross-geographic exchange, and political mobilisations of solidarity and sovereignty through seed.
Speaker: Christian Keeve is a PhD student in Geography at the University of Kentucky. They are also a seedkeeper and chaotic gardener. Their academic work focuses on the political ecologies, cooperative geographies, and knowledge politics of seedkeeping and seed grower networks, especially through Black, queer, and liberatory ecologies. Previously, this has focused on the formation and maintenance of sites of memory and history through the day to day work of growing and keeping seed.
The Wonders of Woodchip
Woodchip and mulches are underused tools in small-scale farming and have the potential to bring huge benefits to your growing enterprise without costing the planet. Ben Raskin talks about how woodchip can be used as a natural mulch for weed suppression, as a growing medium for propagating plants, as a carbon rich compost ingredient and as a natural soil health booster. Find out where to source it, what to look out for and how to use it to maximum effect.
Speaker: Ben Raskin is committed to organic principles and loves sharing knowledge with amateurs and professionals. He is Head of Horticulture and Agroforestry at the Soil Association where he supports their network of growers and promotes organic principles and techniques.
Our Seeds are Our Stories 2
For many of us, our connection to seeds runs much deeper than just the practicalities of food production. Our seeds represent hard work, the growing season to come, and belief that we can build a better future. The journeys seeds take and the challenges they face are reflections of our own journeys and challenges.
Join us for a special evening celebrating seed during the Seed Sovereignty Programme’s annual Seed Week where we’ll discuss the current landscape of seed in the UK, hear from people working with seed in diverse ways, and gain insight into the cultural, political and personal contexts seeds bring with them.
Speakers: Col Gordon is a seed researcher and baker who’s based on his family farm in the Scottish Highlands. Ione Maria Rojas is a food grower and multidisciplinary artist working with earth, plants, animals and people. In the past few years she has been exploring her mixed heritage, working across the UK and Mexico, a back and forth that was prompted by her first meeting of amaranth. Dennis Touliatos is an interdisciplinary researcher, with a background in plant biology and environmental social sciences, exploring how and why we should grow plants differently. He is also co-manager of the Lancaster Seed Library.
The Seed Process – Following the Journey from Harvest to Packet
As market gardeners are busy bringing in their crops this time of year, so too are seed producers hard at work harvesting their seed. These seeds are destined to become next year’s crops, but what happens to them between harvest and being deposited in packets to be shipped to growers throughout the UK?
Speakers: We will be joined by Hans Steenbergen of the Seed Cooperative and Fred Groom of Vital Seeds as they take us through the journey their seeds take from plant to packet, using a variety of techniques and equipment. They’ll discuss things to consider like seed quality, disease control, and collective models of equipment.
Make Room for Seed
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 interested in producing seed – for their own use, to swap in seed circles, or to sell to seed suppliers as another income stream – is how to balance demands of a market garden with the unique challenges producing seed raises. Drawing on the experience of growers who have followed this path we hope to give you the inside track on growing seeds as part of market gardening operation.
Speakers: The Seed Sovereignty Programme invites you to join us and speakers Jason Horner of Leen Organics, Ann Owen of Einion’s Garden and André Tranquilini of Waltham Place to explore seed production in market gardens and learn from their experience of following this path.
Our Seeds are Our Stories
Our seeds represent hard work, the growing season to come, and belief that we can build a better future. The journeys seeds take and the challenges they face are reflections of our own journeys and challenges. Catch up with a special storytelling event hosted as part of the 4th annual Seed Week in January 2021.
Speakers: Join storytellers including Vivienne Sansour of the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library and Kimberley Bell, founder of the UK Grain Lab, to learn more about the power and importance of seed in the UK and beyond.
If you aren’t part of any of the organisations running this programme but would like to sign as a member up please check us out at:
Seed Sovereignty Programme (for growers interested in saving and producing seed) www.seedsovereignty.info
Organic Growers Alliance: (for market gardens and vegetable farms) www.organicgrowersalliance.co.uk
CSA Network UK: (for community supported agriculture schemes) www.communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk
Landworkers’ Alliance: (union for farmers, growers, forresters and landworkers) landworkersalliance.org.uk