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.
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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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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.

‘State of Seed’ survey results and Seed Diversity and Resilience Exchange Opportunity

July 21, 2021

‘State of Seed’ survey results and Seed Diversity and Resilience Exchange Opportunity

The Landworkers’ Alliance and The Gaia Foundation's Seed Sovereignty Programme have published their 'State of Seed' report and are coordinating a series of virtual exchanges with projects in Europe and the USA to support the re-emergence of seed and grain sovereignty in the UK.

GMO 2.0 - can local food chains survive the threat of gene editing?

June 08, 2021

GMO 2.0 - can local food chains survive the threat of gene editing?

GMOs in food and farming have fallen off the public agenda. Potential deregulation of gene editing means we must get them back on.   CSA Network UK webinar: Wed, 23 June 2021 19:00 to 20:30 BST For many years now the issue of GMOs in food and farming has fallen off the public agenda in the UK. But with the recent government consultation on deregulating a new kind of genetic engineering called ‘gene editing’, there is an opportunity to look afresh at an experimental technology which ...

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