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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SPINACH; Butterflay
SPINACH; Butterflay
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SPINACH; Butterflay

SPINACH

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Spinacia oleracea Very robust plant with dark green leaves. For spring, autumn and winter cultivation. Slow to bolt Sowing instructions
For spring and autumn sowing. Sow in rows 15cm apart
Growing instructions
Spinach requires a very fertile, moist soil


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HERB; Parsley, plain-leaved
HERB; Parsley, plain-leaved
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HERB; Parsley, plain-leaved

HERB

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Petroselinum crispum A parsley with flat leaves and a stronger flavour than the curled varieties Sowing instructions
Sow at intervals from spring to late summer in rows 20 cm apart.


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SALAD GREEN; Lettuce leaves mix
LETTUCE MIX; Lettuce leaves mix
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LETTUCE MIX; Lettuce leaves mix

LETTUCE MIX

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A mix of Black Seeded Simpson, Suzan, Merveille Des Quatre Saisons, Lollo Bionda, Grazer Krauthauptel and Red Salad Bowl. Sowing instructions
Sow seeds from February in seed trays and place in light at a temperature of 18°C. Sow in situ from mid April.
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Cut at 10cm high for ba...

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RADISH; French Breakfast 2
RADISH; French Breakfast 2
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RADISH; French Breakfast 2

RADISH

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Raphanus raphanistrum Fast growing radish, scarlet red with pure white tip. Sowing instructions
Sow outdoor March-Sep in row 15cm apart. Keep soil moist. Thin out as necessary. For successional crops sow every 2-3 weeks.


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SALAD GREEN; Asian leaves mix
SALAD GREEN; Asian leaves mix
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SALAD GREEN; Asian leaves mix

SALAD GREEN

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A mix of Taisai, Mizuna, Swiss chard, Chinese cabbage Granaat, purple frills and golden frills. Sowing instructions
Sow from March until August outside or use cover for earlier or later sowings. Sow in rows 15 cm apart.
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Cut when leaves are about 10cm high. Allow to regrow for...

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SPINACH; Giant Winter/Verdil
SPINACH; Giant Winter/Verdil
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SPINACH; Giant Winter/Verdil

SPINACH

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Spinacia oleracea Fast growing spinach with large leaves Sowing instructions
Sow before the end of March or after mid August. Sow in rows 15 cm apart
Growing instructions
Spinach requires a very fertile, moist soil


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LETTUCE; BUTTER HEAD; Cindy (KS-SAK-CHE-CIN)
LETTUCE; COS; Little Gem
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LETTUCE; COS; Little Gem

LETTUCE; COS

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Lactuca sativa var. longifolia A small, fast maturing lettuce with crisp leaves. Can be grown outdoors throughout the growing season. Can also be grown in early autumn and winter under cloches. Sowing instructions
Sow from February until March in a greenhouse or coldframe, outside from March. S...

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KALE; Red Russian
KALE; Red Russian
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KALE; Red Russian

KALE

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Brassica oleacea acephala Grey-green leaves with a red stem and mid rib. Use the leaves when they are small for stir-fry or salad. Hardy plant that can stay outside in winter and will tolerate frost. Sowing instructions
Sow early in spring for a summer crop or in July to August for a winter crop....

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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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Rhys' plot through 2019

March 22, 2020

Rhys' plot through 2019

From April 2019 one of our happy customers regularly shared photos of his successes with us.  It is always great to get feedback.  It's important to know if people to have problems, but also a boost for us to know things are going well!! If you are looking for inspiration for 2020 and wondering what to sow?  Here are a selection of photos of Rhys's success you to give you some inspiration now that the seed buying season is approaching. As you can see, you can get from seed to plate in a short...

WE ARE RECRUITING - Seed Steward (or maybe TWO)

February 12, 2020

WE ARE RECRUITING - Seed Steward (or maybe TWO)

As an organisation that is all about growing we are looking for new staff to help us grow! We have an exciting full time opportunity for one person that could be expanded for a couple, if the right people came along.  We have on-site accommodation in a good quality mobile home (with woodburner), or living very locally would also be possible. Seed Steward (Field cropping) Seed Co-operative is run by a small, dedicated and friendly team who cover a broad range of tasks in their roles. As we gro...

Report on Annual General Meeting 9 November 2019

January 06, 2020

Report on Annual General Meeting 9 November 2019

Agenda, Minutes, Financial Report and Annual Report for the Seed Cooperative AGM on 9 November 2019 at Waltham Place, Berkshire

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