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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AUBERGINE; De Barbentane
AUBERGINE; De Barbentane
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AUBERGINE; De Barbentane

AUBERGINE

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Solanum melongena Produces dark glossy cylindrical fruits, 20-25 cm long. Sowing instructions
Sow seeds from January in a seed tray or direct into pots or modules. Place in light at 25ºC.
Growing instructions
Transfer the seedlings into pots or modules, and grow them on at 25 ºC. Plant in a heate...

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AUBERGINE; Zora
AUBERGINE; Zora
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AUBERGINE; Zora

AUBERGINE

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Solanum melongena Vigorous growing variety with uniform long oval shaped fruits with a deep purple colour and a typical aubergine taste, Easy to manage plant. Sowing instructions
Sow seeds from January in a seed tray or direct into pots or modules. Place in light at 25 ºC.
Growing instructions
Tr...

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BEAN; BROAD; Aquadulce
BEAN; BROAD; Aquadulce
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BEAN; BROAD; Aquadulce

BEAN; BROAD

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Vicia faba Semi-compact plant with high yield of pods containing 6-7 beans. Good tolerance against cold. Sowing instructions
Sow October-November or February-March. Plant the seeds or plants in rows 60cm apart with 20cm between the plants.
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Plants raising in a green house or ...

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BEAN; BROAD; Express
BEAN; BROAD; Express
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BEAN; BROAD; Express

BEAN; BROAD

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Vicia faba An early variety, one of the best croppers in cultivation. Strong growing plants that will stand windy conditions. Sowing instructions
For best results sow from February. By raising plants in a greenhouse or cold-frame the harvest can be 1-2 weeks earlier. 
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Plant ...

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BEAN; BROAD; Hangdown
BEAN; BROAD; Hangdown
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BEAN; BROAD; Hangdown

BEAN; BROAD

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Vicia faba   Green seeded, mid season hardy variety. 4-5 medium sized beans produced in long hanging pods. Very good yields. Beans remain tender and green when cooked.   Sowing instructions 
 For best results sow from February. By raising plants in a greenhouse or cold-frame the harvest can be 1-...

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BEAN; BROAD; Ratio
BEAN; BROAD; Ratio
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BEAN; BROAD; Ratio

BEAN; BROAD

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Vicia faba Very early high yielding variety with multiple stems approx 1m high. Sowing instructions
For best results sow from February. By raising plants in a greenhouse or cold-frame the harvest can be 1-2 weeks earlier. 
Growing instructions
Plant the seeds or plants in rows 60 cm apart with 10...

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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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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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Seeds of hope prints

May 12, 2022

Seeds of hope prints

Artist Julia Groves is now selling prints of the award-winning 'Seeds of Hope' paintings, with all profits from the sales going to the Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

Seeds of Hope: RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show 2022

March 10, 2022

Seeds of Hope: RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show 2022

We are delighted and honoured that artist Julia Groves has been successful in submitting her paintings of Seed Co-operative seeds to the RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show 2022 at the Saatchi Gallery, London SW3 4RY in a series entitled 'Seeds of Hope.'  Julia said: "I wanted, through these paintings, to highlight the vital work of the Seed Co-operative, as they develop new varieties through organic plant breeding, and support the collective work of those striving towards making agroeco...

Growing tomatoes at Gosberton

February 28, 2022

Growing tomatoes at Gosberton

Frank Gundry-White, head grower for the Seed Co-operative takes us through the tomato growing routine at Gosberton Bank Nursery - from sowing to seed harvest.

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