HUGE DEMAND

We are currently processing huge volumes of seed orders. Most of the time we are suspending our checkout while we catch up with existing orders. This eases the pressure on our staff and hopefully gives re-assurance to our customers that if they place an order it will be processed reasonably quickly.

To receive notifications of checkout opening times please sign up to our newsletter (bottom of the home page). In the coming weeks we expect to open for 2 hours at a time, in the evenings. After an opening, and we have reviewed the orders to process, we will estimate when we will open next, and update this notice (if it is a guess it will say so!):

CHECKOUT OPENING: Thursday evening, 4 March, 7.30pm - 9.30pm

If you are a commercial grower urgently in need of seed to sow NOW please email your order to seedshop@seedcooperative.org.uk. It takes us much longer to deal with email orders so please keep this to urgent essentials only, and check we have stock on the web site before emailing. Thank you for your help.

Thank you for your patience. We are only a small team and Covid doesn't make it easy to bring in extra people!

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.

What to sow now?

AUBERGINE; De Barbentane
AUBERGINE; De Barbentane
  • From £1.60
Quick View

AUBERGINE; De Barbentane

AUBERGINE

  • £1.60
Pack size:

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...

Full Product Details

Sold out

AUBERGINE; Zora
AUBERGINE; Zora
  • From £2.20
Quick View

AUBERGINE; Zora

AUBERGINE

  • £2.20
Pack size:

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...

Full Product Details

Sold out

BEAN; BROAD; Aquadulce
BEAN; BROAD; Aquadulce
  • From £2.75
Quick View

BEAN; BROAD; Aquadulce

BEAN; BROAD

  • £2.75
Pack size:

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.
Growing instructions
Plants raising in a green house or ...

Full Product Details

Sold out

BEAN; BROAD; Express
BEAN; BROAD; Express
  • From £2.75
Quick View

BEAN; BROAD; Express

BEAN; BROAD

  • £2.75
Pack size:

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. 
Growing instructions
Plant ...

Full Product Details

Sold out

BEAN; BROAD; Ratio
BEAN; BROAD; Ratio
  • From £2.75
Quick View

BEAN; BROAD; Ratio

BEAN; BROAD

  • £2.75
Pack size:

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...

Full Product Details

BEETROOT; Boltardy
BEETROOT; Boltardy
  • From £1.60
Quick View

BEETROOT; Boltardy

BEETROOT

  • £1.60
Pack size:

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...

Full Product Details

BEETROOT; Burpees Golden
BEETROOT; Burpees Golden
  • From £2.20
Quick View

BEETROOT; Burpees Golden

BEETROOT

  • £2.20
Pack size:

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...

Full Product Details

BEETROOT; Egyptian Turnip Rooted
BEETROOT; Egyptian Turnip Rooted
  • From £1.60
Quick View

BEETROOT; Egyptian Turnip Rooted

BEETROOT

  • £1.60
Pack size:

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


Full Product Details

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

Latest

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...

Our seeds are our stories: Seed Week event

January 18, 2021

Our seeds are our stories: Seed Week event

Join the Seed Sovereignty Programme on Wednesday 20th January for an evening webinar exploring the connections between seeds, stories, culture and hope for the future. For many of us, our connection to seeds runs much deeper than just the practicalities of food production. Our seeds represent hard work, the growing season to come, and belief that we can build a better future. The journeys seeds take and the challenges they face are reflections of our own journeys and challenges. Join us for a...

Our 2021 Catalogue is coming soon!

January 18, 2021

Our 2021 Catalogue is coming soon!

Our 2021 Catalogue is at the printers and will be with you soon! Our apologies for the delays, but we have been experiencing exceptional demand and have been upgrading our facilities and systems to cope with that.The good news is that it will be in full colour! We hope you like it!

Come and find out more

Our programme of Open Days and Members events are currently on hold.

Details will be placed here when our events resume.

news and events