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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BEETROOT; Boltardy
BEETROOT; Boltardy
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BEETROOT; Boltardy

BEETROOT

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Beta vulgaris A general-purpose variety for fresh use and storage. Can be sown early. Sowing instructions
Sow seeds from April till June in rows 30 cm apart 2.5 cm deep.
Growing instructions
Thin the plants later to a distance of 7 to 10 cm. Harvest can start in the summer. For storage harvest i...

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BEETROOT; Burpees Golden
BEETROOT; Burpees Golden
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BEETROOT; Burpees Golden

BEETROOT

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Beta vulgaris Sweet mild flavour and an attractive golden colour. Sowing instructions
For early crops sow March-early April. For use in summer and autumn make successional sowings from late April to July.
Growing instructions
Store roots in dry sand, soil, or peat for winter use. (12-16 weeks mat...

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BEETROOT; Cheltenham Greentop
BEETROOT; Cheltenham Greentop
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BEETROOT; Cheltenham Greentop

BEETROOT

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Beta vulgaris A traditional British tapered beetroot with an excellent flavour. Still very popular among gardeners Sowing instructions
Sow seeds from April till June in rows 30cm apart 2.5cm deep
Growing instructions
Thin the plants later to a distance of 7-10 cm. Harvest can start in the summer....

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BEETROOT; Cylindra
BEETROOT; Cylindra
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BEETROOT; Cylindra

BEETROOT

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Beta vulgaris Pick regularly for small long roots with a very good flavour. Can grow to a large size without becoming woody. Sowing instructions
Sow seeds from April till June in rows 30cm apart 2.5cm deep
Growing instructions
Thin the plants later to a distance of 7-10 cm. Harvest can start in ...

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BEETROOT; Egyptian Turnip Rooted
BEETROOT; Egyptian Turnip Rooted
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BEETROOT; Egyptian Turnip Rooted

BEETROOT

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Beta vulgaris An early variety for fresh use and suitable for greenhouse cultivation Sowing instructions
Sow early in rows 30 cm apart.
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Thin the plants to 8 –10 cm


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BEETROOT; Robuschka/Globe 2
BEETROOT; Robuschka/Globe 2
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BEETROOT; Robuschka/Globe 2

BEETROOT

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Beta vulgaris A general purpose variety for fresh use and storage Sowing instructions
Sow from April until June in rows 30cm apart, sow seeds 25mm deep and 50mm apart.
Growing instructions
Thin the plants later to 7-10cm. Harvest can start during summer. For storage harvest in autumn before the ...

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BEETROOT; Robuschka/Globe 2, graded monogerm
BEETROOT; Robuschka/Globe 2, graded monogerm
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BEETROOT; Robuschka/Globe 2, graded monogerm

BEETROOT

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Beta vulgaris A general purpose variety for fresh use and storage. Sowing instructions
Sow from April until June in rows 30 cm apart, sow seeds 25 mm deep and 50 mm apart.
Growing instructions
Thin the plants later to 7-10 cm. Harvest can start during summer. For storage harvest in autumn befo...

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BEETROOT; Tondo di Chioggia
BEETROOT; Tondo di Chioggia
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BEETROOT; Tondo di Chioggia

BEETROOT

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Beta vulgaris A beetroot with white rings in its bright red flesh Sowing instructions
Sow seeds from April till June in rows 30cm apart 2.5cm deep
Growing instructions
Thin the plants later to a distance of 7 to 10 cm. Harvest can start in the summer. For storage harvest in autumn before frost s...

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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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Please repond to the gene editing consultation

March 12, 2021

Please repond to the gene editing consultation

A reminder that this important consultation on the future of gene editing in England will close at 23:59 on Wednesday 17th March. We encourage all supporters of the Seed Co-operative to make your voices heard. We believe that going down the GM road is the wrong direction of travel. We believe in the Principle of Care and the wholeness and integrity of living systems. Please look at the GM Freeze page for detailed information and how to respond, including quick responses, if you only have limi...

New research on seed health emphasises the importance of organic seed

March 11, 2021

New research on seed health emphasises the importance of organic seed

We believe that to grow organically you need to be ‘organic from the start’. That belief – our gut reaction – is now backed up by science. It is all about seed health and soil health, which links to human health. I have heard people say – why choose organic seed – it surely can’t make any difference? Well – actually it does!  It is partly about approach. Stephanie Klaedtke of ITAB, France argued at the recent EUCARPIA-LIVESEED conference on breeding and seedsector innovations for organic food...

We call on supermarkets to show leadership on GMOs

February 10, 2021

We call on supermarkets to show leadership on GMOs

A joint letter signed by the Seed Co-operative asks retailers to refuse to stock products made from untested and unregulated genetically engineered plants and animals produced using a new technique called ‘gene editing’. Leaders from food, farming, student activism, religion, business, democratic reform and academia have written to British supermarkets asking them to refuse to stock foods produced from unregulated and unlabelled gene-edited crops and animals. The 50 signatories to the joint l...

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