GrowFest tomorrow from 11-4pm

We’re looking forward to Grow Fest at Glengall Wharf Garden tomorrow. London Freedom Seeds up for grabs… Matt’s Wild Cherry, Grandpa’s Cress, Amaranth Latte and Yellow Horn Pepper to name just a few… Come along to see what seeds we have in the bank and get hold of some FREE organically-grown, London-sown seeds.

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Find us at Grow Fest 2017

Grow Fest 2017 is a celebration of growing, community and gardening in Southwark. It’s taking place on Saturday 6th May (11am-4pm) at Glengall Wharf Garden in Burgess Park.

The London Freedom Seed Bank will be there in all our seedy glory! We will be giving away FREE SEEDS from the Bank, all grown in London, using organic principles, by our network of Freedom Seed Savers. Come along and say hello and find out about all the wonderful varieties we have at the moment.

The festival will also be a chance to find out about growing around Southwark, learn new skills, support gardening projects, and explore permaculture and wildlife gardening.

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Seed saving support for community gardens

The Freedom Seed Bank and Capital Growth have trained a team of Seed Buddies in the art of seed saving. Now we are looking for community or school garden groups who are interested in receiving help and guidance to start saving seeds. Participating gardens will be matched with a Seed Buddy, ideally from your local area.

A trained Seed Buddy will visit your garden at least twice over the 2017 growing season and will help you to come up with a plan for how to incorporate seed saving. They will offer practical advice about which crops to save seeds from and how to get the best seeds.

Your Seed Buddy will provide you with FREE SEEDS from the London Freedom Seed Bank and you will be offered the opportunity to donate seeds back to the bank at the end of the growing season.

To sign up for a buddy, just complete this simple form:

http://www.capitalgrowth.org/buddy_scheme/

Learn to save seeds with the Heritage Seed Library

One-day training course with the Heritage Seed Library on Saturday 22nd October.

The London Freedom Seed Bank is offering a day of free training about how to save vegetable seeds to anyone who is interested in becoming one of our Seed Buddies.

The Seed Buddies form an important part of the Seed Bank’s network and are responsible for passing on their seed saving skills to community groups across London, helping to raise awareness about the lost art of seed saving.

The one-day training programme will take place on Saturday 22nd October at the Regent’s Park Allotment Garden (10:30-16:00). The training day will be lead by expert seed savers from the Heritage Seed Library and will include:

–   Seed saving techniques: theory and ‘how to’ with different plants

–   Planning your space for seed saving

–  Small-scale storage techniques

After the training day, the Seed Buddies will be required to support/mentor two community gardens in saving their own seeds.

The scheme is a great opportunity to receive FREE training, to learn about the lost art of seed saving, to gain access to rare and unusual varieties from the Seed Bank’s collection, and to help preserve these varieties for future generations.

If you have any questions or are interested in taking part, then we would love to hear from you! To download a copy of the application form go to www.capitalgrowth.org/buddy_scheme/ or to ask any questions email freedomseedbank@gmail.com.

The deadline for applications is Monday 3rd October at 12pm.

Volunteering opportunity at the Seed Co-operative

The Seed Co-operative is a community-owned seed company, producing organic and bio-dynamic seed for UK distribution and building a network of certified growers.

They recently moved to Gosberton Bank Nursery in East Lincolnshire, where they are developing facilities for their own seed production, plant breeding and knowledge sharing activities, as well as creating a hub for processing seed produced by a network of small organic or biodynamic growers around the UK.

They are currently on the look out for new volunteers to help them with a huge variety of tasks at their new premises. It’s an excellent opportunity to get involved with this exciting and ambitious project at a pivotal stage of their development.

Good veggie food, bathroom and comfy bed are provided for live-in volunteers. Weekend work parties are also welcome.

More details on their website: http://www.seedcooperative.org.uk/volunteering/

Anyone interested should contact David Price davidprice@seedcooperative.org.uk

London Grows Seed Buddy Scheme

The London Grows Seed Buddy Scheme is open for applications.

The London Freedom Seed Bank is teaming up with Capital Growth, London’s leading food growing network, to offer free training and support to a group of Seed Buddies.

The Seed Buddies will form an important part of the Seed Bank’s network and will pass on their seed saving skills to community groups across London, helping to raise awareness about the lost art of seed saving, and to increase the supply of locally-grown seeds across the capital. Seed saving skills have been largely lost amongst modern-day growers and we think it’s essential to bring these skills back to order to build a robust and sustainable food system.

We are looking for skilled growers and gardeners who are interested in learning to save their own seeds and to support other community and/or school gardens to start saving their own seeds too. As part of the scheme, the Seed Buddies will be required to attend a one-day training programme on Saturday 22nd October at the Regent’s Park Allotment Garden (10:30-16:00). The training day will be lead by expert seed savers from the Heritage Seed Library and will include:

–   Seed saving techniques: theory and ‘how to’ with different plants

–   Planning your space for seed saving

–  Small-scale storage techniques

The Seed Buddies will also be required to support/mentor two community gardens in saving their own seeds. This will involve visiting each garden at least twice, once in autumn 2016 and then again in 2017. You can nominate to work with a community garden with which you are already involved or we can match you with a garden that would like to learn more about seed saving.

The scheme is a great opportunity to receive FREE training, to learn about the lost art of seed saving, to gain access to rare and unusual varieties from the Seed Bank’s collection, and to help preserve these varieties for future generations.

If you have any questions or are interested in taking part, then we would love to hear from you! To download a copy of the application form go to www.capitalgrowth.org/buddy_scheme/ or to ask any questions email freedomseedbank@gmail.com.

The deadline for applications is Monday 3rd October at 12pm.

 

Seed Saving at OrganicLea

You are warmly invited to the next Open Day at OrganicLea on Sunday 26th June from 12-4pm.

OrganicLea is a community food project based in the Lea Valley in north-east London. They produce and distribute food and plants locally, and also save their own seeds. They have invited members of the London Freedom Seed Bank to come and learn about their seed saving efforts and enjoy the Open Day.

There will be site tours and workshops, plus the launch of their new rhubarb beer, brewed locally from rhubarb grown on site.

This will be a great chance to meet other members of the London Freedom Seed Bank network and learn about seed saving techniques first-hand. If you are interested in coming along please email freedomseedbank@gmail.com. We will arrange a meeting point for everyone at OrganicLea.

Hope to see you there!

More info about open days at OrganicLea: https://www.organiclea.org.uk/whats-on/open-days-at-hawkwood/

 

Report on the role of community seed projects

We are pleased to announce that a new report on the role of community seed projects in protecting seed diversity is now available online.

The report was written by London Freedom Seed Bank member, Charlotte Dove, following a 10-week trip to visit community seed saving projects in America and Canada.

Charlotte examined different models for community seed projects, including seed banks, seed libraries and independent seed companies in order to evaluate their success in protecting seed diversity. She was looking for common themes and strategies integral to successful and long-running community seed projects.

The report demonstrates the key strengths of the community seed saving movement in US and Canada, and provides a range of case studies from which food growers and gardeners in the UK can draw inspiration. There is huge potential to expand the work being done by community seed projects in the UK and Charlotte makes recommendations, and suggests resources, for anyone interested in setting up a community seed project.

You can read or download a copy of the report by following this link:
Further information about all of the featured projects can be found here:
If you have any questions or feedback then please contact Charlotte directly – chardove@gmail.com.

New seed library at Spitalfields City Farm

We’re excited to advertise this opportunity from Spitalfields City Farm. The farm are looking for Seed Ambassadors to help set up a Tower Hamlets Community Seed Library.

The seed library will be using interactive technologies so members can learn about the people who donated the seeds and the conditions under which they were grown.

They are looking for Seed Ambassadors who are based in East London who can document their experiences of a full growing cycle from seed to seed for one or two crops – and donate these stories and seeds to the library.

They are offering some excellent incentives to get involved including budget for gardening costs (up to £30 for compost and seeds), a digital camera which is yours to keep, as well as lots of training and networking opportunities.

For more info, contact Sara:

s.heitlinger@qmul.ac.uk

07800736525

There is more info on the website:

http://connectedseeds.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/

Don’t miss Seedy Saturday this week

We warmly invite you to join us at the South London Botanical Institute this week for our Seedy Saturday event from 2-5pm.

Learn about seed saving

Bring seeds to share & stock up on good quality seeds for the season ahead

Discover the SLBI’s herbarium and botanical garden

Tea and homemade cakes

The London Freedom Seed Bank is a network of growers and gardeners dedicated to saving, storing and distributing seed. LFSB member Charlotte Dove will talk about community seed saving practices in America and Canada following a recent trip. Come along and find out more! Donations on the door.

Saturday 5th March, 2-5pm

323 Noorwood Road, SE24 9AQ (5 mins walk from Tulse Hill Station)

Any questions? freedomseedbank@gmail.com

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Preparing for the seed swap