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Join our volunteers!

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We're looking for friendly volunteers to join our team working hard to enable people with dementia to stay physically and socially active.Join us and make a valuable contribution to your community,…Continue

Using Gardening to Address Social Isolation

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How You Can Help Tackle Social Isolation in Your CommunityRecent research shows up to 50% of older people living in care never go outside and they are twice as likely to experience severe loneliness…Continue

Mini community garden in Watchet

Started by charles birch. Last reply by Mrs Susan Calvo Oct 12, 2016. 1 Reply

On the 14th. of march we set up a very small veg. bed. see U tube" admirals corner incredidible edible"on the17th. of June we harvested the potatoes. they were first 'Earlies' and made just over 21…Continue

job opportuntiy

Started by Alison Hayward. Last reply by Alison Hayward May 30, 2015. 1 Reply

South somerset Mind (Yeovil) is looking for a horticultural therapist for the Vanessa project.The role is paid for 6 hours a week at £10 per hour.  Please phone Gill on 01935 474875 for further…Continue

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Seed Swaps

What is a seed swap?

Seed SwapFoodmatters have put together an excellent guide to organising a seed swap:

A community seed swap is a social event where people get together to swap seeds, learn about seed saving and to share experiences. It can be as small or as big as you see fit. It might be a few allotment buddies working collectively to save a variety of seeds over a season and then coming together to swap varieties, or a group of activists keen to highlight the importance of seed swapping as a means of protecting local biodiversity. Over the past decade, community seed swaps across the UK have mushroomed.

They offer communities a very practical way to take positive action to protect biodiversity and to protest against the increasing control of the seed supply by a handful of large companies.

Saving and swapping seeds sounds like a small thing to do to combat this huge problem, but it is vitally important.

Why swap seeds?

  • To support biodiversity
  • To save money
  • To build relationships with fellow gardeners
  • Because the top three seed companies now own 53% of the world’s seed market, and the top ten own 70%
  • Because we have lost 75-80% of our agrobiodiversity
  • Because there is increasing corporate and state control over seeds, that threaten small producers and biodiversity everywhere

Organising a seed swap

Seedy Sunday have put together all the resources you could ever need for organising a seed swap. See their factsheets here: http://www.seedysunday.org/category_idtxt__runyourown.aspx

And don't forget to advertise your seed swap on the Incredible Edible Somerset events page here!

Films to show at Seed Swaps

Showing films at seed swaps can be a useful way of introducing the necessity of political action around seeds and how seed sovereignty affects everyone - North & South. Below are two films produced by the Gaia Foundation, which can be highly recommended.

Seeds of Freedom

Seeds of Sovereignty

Regular Seed Swaps in Somerset

Links & Resources

Seeds of Freedom - Trailer from The Gaia Foundation & ABN on Vimeo.

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