Seed Co-operative is an incredibly important endeavour that the Biodynamic Land Trust is proud to partner. Sustainable farming depends on open-pollinated seed. This is seed that is renewable, it can be saved by farmers and growers for the next year and used to naturally breed new varieties – it is the open source software of food.
It is amazing, and something that not many people realise, but most of the vegetables that we eat are grown from seed that is, in one way or another, ‘owned’ by one of the six global corporations. The use of F1 hybrids means that seed saved by growers does not ‘breed true’ and the seed is useless. Patents on plants secure the ownership still further, and breeding techniques using genetic engineering (but not labelled as GM) can make seeds saved from these plants infertile: all of which means seed has to be bought every year.
Sustainable farming needs to be adaptive to changing climate and environmental conditions and open-pollinated seed provides this resilience in a way that no other seeds can. As a community-owned seed company the Seed Co-operative is producing and selling seed that ‘belongs’ to everyone and no-one. Currently 80% of the organic vegetable, flower and herb seed sold in the UK is imported, so the Seed Co-operative is establishing a network of seed growers to grow the UK adapted seed that we so critically need.
Seed Co-operative is an initiative of the Biodynamic Association and has support from Garden Organic and the Organic Research Centre. As key members of the Biodynamic movement, under the aegis of the Biodynamic Association, the Seed Co-operative and Biodynamic Land Trust are working together to make this project happen!
Please donate now – your donation will help to protect our food system for generations to come!
The Biodynamic Land Trust will use 100% of your designated donation (less online payment fees e.g. Stripe fees) to buy land shares in the Seed Co-operative for the purchase of their new farm, Gosberton Bank Nursery.
There are two methods of payment available:
Bank transfer or cheque (no bank charges incurred)
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Seed Co-operative is the trading name of Biodynamic and Organic Plant Breeding and Seeds Limited, which is registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, registration number 7013. Registered office: Gosberton Bank Nursery, Spalding, PE11 4PB