Seed Sovereignty Programme oat feast
Farming 14 November 2022

Welsh Oats: Back in Black

One October afternoon, we set the places for a feast. Enamel plates punctuated a long table, under borrowed festoon lights strung from the rafters. Wind whistled off of the Irish sea. At first glance, it may have appeared a standard farm to fork meal, a wholesome sharing of local produce and company. But this feast […]

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A Legacy ImbueA Legacy Imbued in the Seed © Andy Pilsbury
North England 06 October 2022

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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Beanfeast © Kev Howard

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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Programme News 25 July 2022

Could you be the next Southeast England Seed Coordinator?

We’re pleased to share news of a vacancy within our thriving Seed Sovereignty Programme team, here in the UK. If you would like to become the next Southeast England Coordinator, read on to find out more! This role is for a Regional Coordinator to assist in the development of the second phase of the Seed […]

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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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Ireland 06 July 2022

Land Leaguer potatoes: the taste of County Clare

Irish Coordinator Jason Horner tells the story of the origins, and his journey with saving seed from, the Land Leaguer potato… The Land Leaguer potato, sometimes called Hibernia, is a revered variety in County Clare where I have been living for the last 25 years. My introduction to it was early on in my time […]

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Commercial Growers 26 April 2022

‘So You Want to Start a Seed Coop?’ Week 4 – Packets, Distribution, and Marketing

This week Wales Coordinator Katie Hastings walks us through the vital steps that come after all that lovely seed is grown, harvested, and processed. While actually selling the seed might seem like the easy bit, there’s a lot more than meets the eye…   Our members are responsible for physically packing their seeds into packets […]

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Commercial Growers 19 April 2022

‘So You Want to Start a Seed Coop?’ Week 3 – Growing, Harvesting & Processing

If you’re at the stage of wanting to sell your seed, you’ll probably have your seed growing, harvesting, and processing down to a fine art right? Well, when doing these collectively there are a few things to look out for. Wales Coordinator Katie Hastings discusses…   Actually growing the seed should be the easy bit, […]

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Commercial Growers 11 April 2022

‘So You Want to Start a Seed Coop?’ Week 2 – Records and Legalities

In this week’s instalment of ‘So You Want to Start a Seed Coop?’, our Wales Coordinator Katie Hastings talks us through the ins and outs of the Record-keeping and Legalities behind selling seed collectively…   Selling seed can seem like a minefield of legislation, but this is not impenetrable. The first thing we did at […]

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Brewing 07 April 2022

Sign the petition, Stop Patents on Seeds!

The team of the Seed Sovereignty Programme UK and Ireland are supporting this No Patents on Seeds campaign and are encouraging all our seed saving networks, friends and supporters to sign this petition. Even though the UK is no longer in the European Union it is still under the jurisdiction of the European Patent office. […]

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