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Commercial Growers 06 February 2023

A Leap into Irish Seed

Last November, Ireland Coordinator Jason Horner brought together his trainees – those just about to complete their year-long seed production training and those just about to embark on theirs – along with key members of the seed sovereignty movement in Ireland to connect, share, and learn in the beautiful Leap, West Cork. Check out the […]

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Seeds and people

Seeding Tomorrow

Seeds and people: we have shaped each other. Throughout human history we have chosen the most resilient, most productive, most nutritious seeds. Those seeds have nourished us the following year, and the year after that. Sowing, selecting, saving and sharing seed was an intrinsic part of nurturing plants and people. Yet, in a short space […]

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Events 30 January 2023

Coming up at #SeedWeek

Our 6th annual #SeedWeek is almost upon us and there’s a cornucopia of seed goodness in store. Below is a brief menu of what’s happening between Monday 6th – Friday 10th February 2023.  #SeedWeek is a chance for everyone to shout about the seed work you’re doing. Collectively we can make the hashtag bloom. Organising […]

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Commercial Growers 06 January 2023

Seed Sovereignty for market gardeners

Jason Horner, Irish Coordinator for the Seed Sovereignty Programme, writes in the The Organic Grower about Seed Sovereignty for Market gardeners. This article is available to read and download, and also available in the No 61 Winter 2022 printed edition of The Organic Grower. In this article I have distilled a lot of the discussion […]

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Commercial Growers 21 December 2022

The 12 Webinars of Christmas

All year the Organic Growers Alliance have been running webinars in partnership with the CSA Network UK and the Seed Sovereignty Programme run by the Gaia Foundation, funded by Farming the Future. The webinar programme focused on practical teaching and farmer-to-farmer knowledge exchanges from farmers and growers from around the UK. The series was designed […]

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15 December 2022

Seed Gathering 2023

On 11th and 12th of February 2023, we hosted our second Seed Gathering – a space for our seed networks to come together to share, learn, and celebrate all the incredible work going on throughout our lands. The Seed Gathering took place online to allow for international speakers and ensure the event is accessible and […]

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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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02 November 2022

Seed Hub Focus Group

The Gaia Foundation’s Seed Sovereignty Programme has launched a focus group to aid in the creation and support of Seed Hubs throughout the UK and Ireland. This focus group was composed of seed groups around our networks that have already been operating as a seed cooperative, collaboration, or hub group as well as those hoping […]

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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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