Sowing the seeds of a resilient food system

Growing organic diversity in our fields, soils and seeds means working with Nature’s genius and embedding resilience for future generations.

Growing health, naturally

Seeds of open pollinated varieties, bred and maintained for organic systems, are the essential ingredients for farming that nurtures the health of our planet and people.

Democracy is at the heart of what we do

We work with a network of growers and share our skills to build a closer relationship between people, the food they eat and the farmers who grow it.

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CABBAGE; CHINESE; Granaat
CABBAGE; CHINESE; Granaat
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CABBAGE; CHINESE; Granaat

CABBAGE; CHINESE

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Brassica pekinensis Forms long green heads. Use as a salad or stir-fry. Sowing instructions
Sow from mid July in situ or raise the plants in modules.
Growing instructions
Thin to a distance of 30 x 30 cm. Chinese cabbage matures in eight to ten weeks.


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CARROT; Amsterdam Forcing
CARROT; Amsterdam Forcing
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CARROT; Amsterdam Forcing

CARROT

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Daucus carota Early maturing carrot with long narrow roots. Ideal for early and late season production under fleece or inside in tunnels or greenhouse Sowing instructions
Sow seeds from January until middle of May or from September to November. Sow in rows 20-25cm apart, 6-13mm deep. Try to spa...

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CAULIFLOWER; Neckarperle
CAULIFLOWER; Neckarperle
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CAULIFLOWER; Neckarperle

CAULIFLOWER

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Brassica Oleacea var. Botrytis Forms deep curds of a fine texture and white colour which are well wrapped. Suited for long summer and autumn cropping period Sowing instructions
Sow seeds into seed tray from January-May. Transplant seedlings into modules or pots.
Growing instructions
Transfer plan...

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CORN SALAD; Elan
CORN SALAD; Elan
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CORN SALAD; Elan

CORN SALAD

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Valerianella locusta Round, dark green leaves. Fast growing. Suitable for growing under glass, plastic or in open ground Sowing instructions
Sow in August and September outside or in October in a cold-frame or greenhouse for autumn and winter harvest. Sow in rows 10-15 cm apart.


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CORN SALAD; Large Leaved Noord-Hollandse
CORN SALAD; Large Leaved Noord-Hollandse
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CORN SALAD; Large Leaved Noord-Hollandse

CORN SALAD

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Valerianella locusta Fast growing. Produces large leaves Sowing instructions
Sow in August and September outside or in October in a cold-frame or greenhouse for autumn and winter harvest. Sow in rows 10-15 cm apart.


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CORN SALAD; Louviers
CORN SALAD; Louviers
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CORN SALAD; Louviers

CORN SALAD

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Valerianella locusta Spoon-shaped leaves with a beautiful dark green colour. Good yield and extremely good flavour Sowing instructions
Sow in August and September outside or in October in a cold-frame or greenhouse for autumn and winter harvest. Sow in rows 10-15 cm apart.


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CORN SALAD; Vit
CORN SALAD; Vit
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CORN SALAD; Vit

CORN SALAD

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Valerianella locusta Round, dark green leaves. Good tolerance against mildew Sowing instructions
Sow in August and September outside or in October in a cold-frame or greenhouse for autumn and winter harvest. Sow in rows 10-15 cm apart.


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FLOWER; Calendula officinalis; orange
FLOWER; Calendula officinalis; orange
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FLOWER; Calendula officinalis; orange

FLOWER

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Calendula Orange, single flower Brightly coloured hardy annual. Easy to grow. Flowers from late spring to late summer, longer in milder winters Sowing instructions
Sow directly in spring or late summer


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The availability of organic open pollinated seed has been in decline for many years.  The Seed Co-operative pare of particular significance.

Ben Raskin, Soil Association

The Seed Co-operative provides a community based solution from which growers and the whole food supply chain will be able to benefit.

Shane Holland, Slow Food UK

The work that the Seed Co-operative is embarking on is urgent and worthy of support.

Andy Goldring, Permaculture Association

Seed Co-operative are a vital part of the infrastructure needed for family farms to survive.

Sir Julian Rose, International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside 

Seed Co-operative is countering a potential mass extinction of the seeds we depend on for health, vitality and diversity in our food.

Patrick Holden, Sustainable Food Trust

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Seed Co-operative 2021 AGM

November 19, 2021

Seed Co-operative 2021 AGM

Biodynamic and Organic Plant Breeding and Seeds Limited Annual General Meeting Saturday 4th December 2021, 14:00am on Zoom. Booking Form for our 6th Annual General Meeting Please fill in your details here to register for our AGM and we will send you a zoom link to join the meeting. Bookings close at 5pm on 30 November 2021. You can download the Agenda, along with our Annual Report and Draft Financial Statements in advance of the meeting. If you have any questions or can't book here ple...

The Seed Process: Following the Journey from Harvest to Packet

August 31, 2021

The Seed Process: Following the Journey from Harvest to Packet

Wed, 29 September 2021 19:00 – 20:30 BST In this webinar organised by The Gaia Foundation - Seed Sovereignty Programme Hans Steenbergen of the Seed Cooperative and Fred Groom of Vital Seeds take us through the journey their seeds take from plant to packet, using a variety of techniques and equipment. They'll discuss things to consider like seed quality, disease control, and collective models of equipment. As market gardeners are busy bringing in their crops this time of year, so too are seed ...

GM 2.0 Can local food chains survive the threat of gene editing?

July 29, 2021

GM 2.0 Can local food chains survive the threat of gene editing?

This webinar from the CSA Network UK aims to bring those involved in local and regional food production up to speed on the latest developments in genetic engineering. It looks at claims that we need it to make farming sustainable and ‘feed the world’ - and to provide an agroecological framework for thinking and talking about the ‘new GMOs,’ and insulating local food chains from their potential impacts.

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