“We have laid down good foundations for the future seed sovereignty of Ireland. The building continues one seed at a time.”
Jason Horner, Seed Sovereignty Coordinator for Ireland

 

In Ireland growers have had several wake-up calls in the last few years, first Covid and then Brexit have shown up the fragility of our seed systems. They are responding by taking ownership of the solutions and learning how to save seed, build networks, and organise. The Seed Sovereignty  Programme for UK and Ireland is looking to facilitate this in every way we can.

Contact

Email: irelandseedsov@gaianet.org
Twitter: @irelandseedsov

Training

As a taster to a yearlong course, we ran a number of visits to vegetable seed farms over the summer of 2021. We also organised a one-day introductory course and then in November made a start on our Year long course in vegetable seed production aimed at commercial seed production. This will run until the end of this year 2022 when it is hoped there will be sufficient interest to start another one.

Networking

During the last twelve months we have also been engaging with cereal growers, bakers, millers, maltsters, and brewers with a view to animating an alternative non commodity grain economy.

A recent visit to UK Grain Lab has given us more inspiration and impetus to work towards something similar here. We are currently working on a social event for the end of this year.

Also in Ireland

Irish Seed Savers Association: We are very lucky in Ireland to have the Irish Seed Savers Association in Co Clare who have been big advocates for seed here for the last 30 years.
So many growers have learnt to save seeds thanks to their trainings.That coupled with the huge collection of varieties they have now have in their seed bank make this a very important resource for the island and beyond.

Brown Envelope Seeds: Based in West Cork, Brown Envelope Seeds are the Republic’s only commercial seed company growing all their varieties in Ireland. With 20 years’ experience and a profile both here and abroad they are a huge asset to the seed and gardening community in Ireland.

Airfield Estate: Based in Dundrum, Dublin, Airfield Estate are doing a lot of seed saving in their educational gardens. Its great to have these gardens so close to a large centre of population demonstrating best practice seed saving

True Harvest Seeds: In Co Down, True Havest Seeds have a dedicated ex- situ seed bank for wildflowers shrubs and trees which they collect and grow themselves. They also have an organic vegetable seed catalogue with some of their own seed available in it.