The State of Seed Survey - Farmers and Growers insight needed!

The State of Seed Survey - Farmers and Growers insight needed!

The Landworkers’ Alliance and The Gaia Foundation Seed Sovereignty Programme have joined forces to put together a survey on the State of Seed to better understand what commercial growers' and farmers' experiences are of accessing seed, in particular since the Covid pandemic and Brexit. If you are an organic or agroecological farmer or grower please do fill it out.

Seed Gathering

Seed Gathering

The Seed Sovereignty UK and Ireland Programme will be holding their first Seed Gathering, which will be taking place virtually on the 23rd and 24th of October! Please save the date! 

Seeds for the future

Seeds for the future

The pandemic has been a time of huge upheaval, but from that upheaval, new opportunities have arisen for growers writes Jason Horner of Leen Organics in Ireland in the Spring issue of the Organic Grower (journal of the Organic Growers Alliance).

Please repond to the gene editing consultation

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

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

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

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!

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!

Growing our capacity - our response to exceptional demand

Growing our capacity - our response to exceptional demand

We suspended our checkout on Monday 4th Jan with a backlog of over 500 orders, many of which were large growers' orders. We anticipate that we will be resuming a pattern of occasional short checkout openings with days in between when we will be working through orders.  We hope to be opening later this week and a special notification will be sent out when we know when.  There is also a notice at the top of our home page that we will keep updated. It is not an easy time with the combination of...

Public consultation on de-regulating gene editing launched

Public consultation on de-regulating gene editing launched

Defra has launched its public consultation on the deregulation of gene editing in England. Deregulation means there would be no or few safety checks and probably no GMO labelling for gene-edited products, even though scientists warn that they could be dangerous for human health and the environment. Roger Kerr, chief executive at OF&G said: “It’s concerning that GM and GE are being openly addressed by the prime minister and environment secretary as though it’s already part of agricultural ...

Report on Annual General Meeting 7 November 2020

Report on Annual General Meeting 7 November 2020

Our Annual General Meeting this year was held on Zoom.  You can now watch a recording here, where you will need passcode gdE.7L86 The Agenda is as follows.  The whole recording is nearly one and half hours. I have included times in the recording should you want to jump in at a few particular moments. These times are marked as chapters on the recording. Welcome Approval of the Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting. Receipt of accounts and report of the Auditor.  11mins 15secs Appointment...

Rhys' plot through 2019

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...