Seed Gathering 2021

On the 23rd and 24th of October 2021 we held the very first Seed Gathering.  It was a weekend of inspirational discussions, workshops and talks celebrating the diversity, opportunities and deep cultural connections of our seeds. We have made all of the recordings publicly available on our vimeo.


Watch the recordings

Event Partners

The Seed Gathering has been organised with support from three of our valuable allies – The Organic Research Centre, the UK Grain Lab, and the Landworkers Alliance. Each of these organisations represents collaboration in key areas of research, grain networking, and the wider network of landworkers in the UK.




Landworkers’ Alliancea union of farmers, growers, foresters and land-based workers with a mission to improve the livelihoods of our members and create a better food and land-use system for everyone.

UK Grain Lab – an annual meeting of farmers, millers, plant breeders, bakers, cooks, scientists and academics   providing an opportunity to bake together, eat, drink, learn from each other and talk about the future.

Organic Research Centre – an independent research charity working for better and more  sustainable farming systems which protect the environment and provide good food for everyone.


The ‘Seed Gathering Zine’ was organised by the Seed Sovereignty Programme and sent to all attendees as a physical accompaniment to the online sessions.

SPEAKERS          Organisation/Company

Adam Veitch Ryevolution
Ambrogio Constanza Organic Research Centre – ORC
Anita Hayes Founder Irish Seed Savers Association
Ben Heron Earthsong Seeds
Cara Loriz Organic Seed Alliance – OSA
Catrina Fenton Heritage Seed Library
Charlotte Bickler Organic Research Centre – ORC
David Price Seed Coop
Dee Butterly Land Workers Allliance – LWA
Fred Price Gothelney Farm
Fulya Batur
Gerald Miles Caerhys
Henrietta Inman Wakelyns Bakery
Humberto Rios Labrada CAWR
Jack Kloppenburg Open Source Seed Initiative – OSSI
John Turner The Grange
Josiah Meldrum Hodmedods
Kate McEvoy Real Seeds
Kevin Dudley Cloughjordan Community farm
Kimberley Bell Small Food Bakery

UK Grain Lab

Liz Hosken The Gaia Foundation
Liz O Neill GM Freeze
Madeline Mckeever Brown Envelope Seeds
Mahesh Deshpande LVC India
Mattias Lormier Lets Liberate Diversity
Nikos Kavanya Fedco Seeds
Ramona Duminciou LVC

Eco Ruralis

Richard Galpin London Freedom Seed Bank
Richo Cech Strictly Medicinal Seeds
Rosy Benson Field Bakery
Sophia Doyle London Freedom Seed Bank
Tamsin  Leakey
Vandana Shiva Navdanya