Bristol Seed Swap
The Seed Swap has gone through several ‘generations’ of organisers over the last 20 years. We currently have a team of 6 with a second ring of volunteers who have now come to help at the Swap or sorting seeds over the years.
The organisers and volunteers all do this for free because we believe it is important to keep seeds and food production in the hands of the many, not just in the control of a few huge agricultural businesses.
We are losing huge numbers of seed varieties from all sorts of crops, in Britain and globally, as growers are persuaded to spend money on mainstream catalogue seeds. These are often less appropriate to regional conditions, are dependant for good crops on chemical inputs and are less resilient to variable weather. F1 seeds also remove the option of saving your own seeds as they will not breed true. GMO seeds are often patented so it is illegal to save them.
We pay the speakers an (insufficient) fee, as we believe it is important to show respect for the knowledge and effort of our growing experts and society’s shaker-uppers.
Would you like to join us?
If you share our aims and have some time we would love to have a bigger group of people to make sure the Bristol Seed Swap keeps going, and were it possible we would love to expand into a more educational role during the rest of the year, teaching people how to save seeds. If you are interested, talk to one of us at the Seed Swap or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bristol Seed Swap is a great community event
2019’s programme, 2020’s to be confirmed
*Saving Seeds – Tim Foster well respected local gardener, teacher & author!*Designing edible spaces Niels Corfield, local grower and expert in urban productive gardening.*Seed saving – Fred Groom of Vital Seeds, a new, independent seed company in Devon*Grow your own mushrooms with Upcycledmushrooms