The Seed Sovereignty Programme of the UK & Ireland aims to support the development of a biodiverse and ecologically sustainable seed system here on home soil. Working closely with farmers, seed producers and partners across the seed sector, together we want more agro-ecological seed produced by trained growers, to conserve threatened varieties and to breed more varieties for future resilience.
The programme is being led by The Gaia Foundation who have been working on seed and knowledge for over three decades both in the UK and overseas.
Maria is supporting growers and crofters across Scotland. She has been working in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland collaborating and advising on seed issues and policy with the Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) for many years.
Katie is coordinating the seed sovereignty programme in Wales. She is also co-founder of the community organisation Mach Maethlon which works to strengthen food sovereignty in Mid Wales.
Melanie was brought up on a small dairy farm in the Yorkshire Dales and Still lives in the same village. Melanie is qualified in Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and now works in all these areas. She have been growing fruit and veg for many years and joined the BDA in 2011. This fostered her interest in seed saving which she is continuing to develop.
Ellen is supporting growers in the West of England to increase their seed production. She also works for Trill Farm Garden, a small-scale vegetable garden which supplies produce to restaurants and grows seed for the Real Seed Catalogue.
Wayne is supporting growers across Ireland, working under the Irish Seed Savers Association. Wayne has worked as a Community Organic Gardener since 2006, growing & selling produce, co-ordinating a community seed system.
Neil is leading the UK & Ireland Seed Sovereignty Programme, connecting and supporting seed growers right across the country. Neil is based in the midlands and many know him as the former Head of the Heritage Seed Library at Garden Organic.