Looking for a Plot

Started by Ray and Darren Marshall-Sewell. Last reply by Nancy Sampson Apr 14. 1 Reply

Good Evening All.We have been refused a local allotment is Wells (Wookey Hole).We are keen to find a plot somewhere that we can use to grow food etc. Happy for it to be a share etc.Can anyone help…Continue

Connect with your community

Started by Alive Feb 7, 2018. 0 Replies

Older people living in care are twice as likely to experience loneliness as those in the community.We are looking for friendly volunteers with an interest in helping others to gardening, to support…Continue

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Can You Help Combat Loneliness?

Started by Alive Nov 29, 2017. 0 Replies

Growing Support are looking for friendly volunteers with interests in gardening and supporting people, to help older people and people with dementia take part in gardening activities.  You will…Continue

Join our volunteers!

Started by Alive Aug 17, 2017. 0 Replies

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

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:

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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