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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Commercial Growers 26 March 2022

‘So You Want to Start a Seed Coop?’ – Week 1, Finding Your Varieties

The Seed Sovereignty Programme has been supporting the formation of a fledgling seed cooperative in Wales. Wales Coordinator Katie Hastings describes their journey so far. Seed breeds cooperation. We have been training Welsh growers in seed production for four years now, and they come to class wanting to share stories of the varieties they are […]

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Seed Matters 21 March 2022

Come work with us!

We’re pleased to announce a new opportunity to join our Seed Sovereignty team! We’re looking for a natural problem solver with strong technical competency looking to put their skills towards supporting a team who are transforming our seed system from the ground up. If you think this could be you, please apply with your CV […]

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Seed Week 31 January 2022

Highlights from Seed Week 2022!

In this blog we cast our eyes back over our fifth annual Seed Week and share our top 5 highlights – from a beguiling new film to the launch of new seed hubs in Scotland and Wales. We would also like to encourage everyone who can to take our Seed Packet Pledge and give the […]

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Commercial Growers 28 January 2022

Beans and Peas of Scotland

Scotland’s beautiful landscape is in part thanks to the huge amount of wind and rainfall we receive compared to the rest of the UK. At the time of writing there are no Scottish vegetable seed producers. This has the knock-on effect seeds that Scottish growers are forced to buy from elsewhere are unlikely to do […]

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