Stroud Community Seed Bank

Picking sunflower seeds off a sunflower - a lovely activity for a child!
Have you heard? Stroud is getting its very own Community Seed Bank.

And it’s time for you to join in…

The idea is to establish a local network of ‘seed guardians’ who commit to growing one or two vegetable varieties each year in their own gardens or allotments. The seeds will then be harvested, cleaned and packed, so that the Community Seed Bank can make the seeds available to local gardeners and growers on a donation or membership basis. Together we’ll be protecting our vegetable heritage whilst building a more resilient future.

Farmers and gardeners have saved and shared their own seeds for thousands of years, but with the rise of global agribusiness, F1 hybrids and GM seed, many delicious heirloom and locally adapted varieties are being lost, and genetic diversity is being eroded. By growing our own seed we can help to turn the tide and make our own communities more resilient.

Seeking seed guardians

Growing and saving your own seed doesn’t have to be difficult, and anyone can do it. Growing good seed does require a bit of knowledge, planning and attention beyond the basics of ordinary gardening – and some vegetables are more challenging than others. But once you’ve taken the plunge, seed growing can be great fun and deeply satisfying. The new Community Seed Bank can offer seed guardians a free workshop on seed saving, and ongoing support and advice through the growing season.

If you might be interested in becoming a seed guardian, please get in touch with your questions, queries and enthusiasm.

Other ways to get involved

The Community Seed Bank would also love to hear from you if you have unusual or locally-grown seed you’d like to share, if you have expertise, resources or useful contacts to contribute, or if you’d just like to keep in touch through our mailing list.

Seeds in a pod

Check out the Community Seed Bank on Facebook and its 2018 seed catalogue at Down to Earth.

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