The Future of Seed

Seed sovereignty is about growers being able to produce and have control of their seeds – by saving seed from the crops they grow, selecting the strongest and most suitable seeds for breeding, and exchanging seeds freely with others. Sounds simple, right?

Why does seed sovereignty matter?

At the moment, almost all commercial seeds are F1 hybrids. The seeds that these plants produce are either sterile or the seed saved from them can be expected to produce poor crops – growers can’t save the seed to sow the following year, and are reliant on the seed companies for future seed. 

So next year’s crops are in the hands of surprisingly few large commercial seed companies; there are 3 global seed (and chemical) corporations supplying 75-90% of the worlds seed

There’s more. As well as increasing our dependence on big seed companies for our food, their use of F1 hybrid, GM and patented seeds also reduce diversity – both the number of varieties available to us, and genetic diversity among individual seeds within each variety. 

This matters a lot. The lack of crop diversity poses a serious threat to the resilience of our food system.

Now, more than ever, plants need to adapt to changing weather patterns and more extreme weather events, new pests and diseases, as well as tolerating lower water and energy inputs. 

To realise seed sovereignty, we need to have access to diverse, open pollinated seeds that are not patented, genetically modified, owned or controlled. That’s where the Seed Co-operative comes in.

Democracy. Diversity. Health.

The Seed Co-operative is not just about highlighting problems – it is about realising solutions, and creating opportunities for a shared response. 

The Seed Co-op is on a mission to “sow the seeds of a healthy and resilient organic food system that promotes diversity, democracy and a closer relationship with our food, and those who grow it.”

They grow, process and sell open pollinated seed varieties – that can be pollinated by wind/insects/humans to produce viable seeds, carrying wide genetic diversity. They are also well adapted to organic growing systems, which improve the soil, require less water and energy, and support biodiversity.

And there is an explosion in demand for organic food, and organic seeds. 

The Price of Seeds and the Value of Everything

Just like our food, seeds are still cheap relative to the cost of production.

Even with the increasing popularity of organic – both the increase in demand from organic farmers trying as they supply increasing numbers of customers, and on top of that the rise in home growing – prices are still too low for decent margins for organic seed producers; it’s hard to pay staff properly and there is a reliance on volunteers.

We need to be willing to pay more for open pollinated seeds and the food grown from them.  

David is quick to point out that food poverty results from inaction on poverty by policy makers and has nothing to do with food production. Only a few pence out of every pound spent on UK supermarket food actually gets back to farmers!

Brexit is also generating uncertainty. Each country in the EU has a catalogue of vegetables that are maintained in that country, and the “EU common catalogue” is an amalgamation of all of them. Each variety has a registered grower who is responsible for maintaining the quality of the seed.

Changes brought in by the UK government have caused complications. In the EU any variety on the common catalogue can be sold throughout the EU.

Now only the varieties on the UK list can be sold in the UK, diminishing the diversity available. 

Very little organic vegetable plant breeding has been undertaken in the UK for decades, but many varieties have been selected and bred in the EU using organic methods specifically for organic production.  

Will it be possible to sell these varieties in the UK?  Would anyone be able to register them in the UK if they are maintained in another country? That is yet to be seen. 

It will potentially cost hundreds of pounds to add a seed variety to the UK list. We are yet to see how this situation will pan out, but the uncertainty creates anxiety and difficult decisions for small seed producers, on top of the collapse in seed varieties available in the UK.

There are incredibly few UK producers of organic, open source (un-patented or otherwise “owned”) vegetable seeds. Those that exist are very small scale.  Even before Brexit and the pandemic, the UK was not able to keep pace with demand, and the situation is further exacerbated by the above.

Three ways to support seed sovereignty

1. Learn

There is lots of information about seed sovereignty online, both how to save seeds at home – for example Real Seeds and Garden Organic – and how to support the movement for food sovereignty. One of the up-sides of the pandemic is the increase in webinars and online events and opportunities to learn and connect. Follow these national organisations: CSA Network UK, the Seed Sovereignty Programme run by the Gaia Foundation, the Landworkers’ Alliance, and the Organic Growers Alliance 

2. Grow

The future of seed is local. Grow the food that thrives in your region, save the seed, and then share it with others, building resilient seed communities. You might like to join an organisation like Lincolnshire Organic Gardeners Organisation (LOGO) – who are organisers of Seed Swap events, as well as a wonderful network of expertise. 

3. Support the Seed Co-operative

Invest

Become a member of the Seed Co-op. You can buy shares in the co-op for £1 each. You have to purchase a minimum of 100 shares, and a maximum of 100 000. You won’t get interest or dividends – profits are all returned to the development of seed production, and you can’t trade them on the stock market. But this is one of the most genuine investments in our children’s future that I can think of. 

(Find out more and apply to become a member here)

Volunteer

If you can offer a regular time commitment, access to the farm in Gosberton and a willingness to learn, you would be welcomed as a volunteer on the site.

There is also need for pro bono roles on the board, they are currently recruiting for a Marketing & Communications Director and a Finance Director

Visit

Normally there are three open days a year, and I would highly recommend that you go and visit them to find out more about their amazing and vitally important work.  It is incredibly exciting to have this project right here on our doorsteps in Lincolnshire!  

Unfortunately, due to pandemic uncertainties, there are currently no open days scheduled for this year (except for members – see above), so in the meantime, here is a quick tour, on a windswept day in May!

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The Seed Co-operative

Our mission is to sow the seeds of a healthy and resilient organic food system that promotes diversity, democracy and a closer relationship with our food, and those who grow it.”

The Seed Co-operative

Sowing the seeds of a resilient food future

The Seed Co-operative is a Lincolnshire seed producer – growing, processing and selling organic, open pollinated seeds.

The seeds are adapted to the local climate and organic growing systems. Co-operatively owned and managed, the Seed Co-op plays a crucial role in the journey towards a healthy, resilient and democratic food future.

It is one of very few organic seed producers in the UK, at a time when there is greater need than ever for diverse and well-maintained organic seed.

I want you to visit and be inspired by the Seed Co-op, as I have: it is one of the most important treasures in our county.

However, due to the pandemic, there are no public Open Days currently scheduled, so I want to take you on a tour as best I can under the circumstances, and I hope you will be moved to take a few actions at the end…

A Farm Design for the Future

The whole 24 acres site, including 2.5 acres of glass houses, is organic and biodynamic – designed to be regenerative and resilient, carbon storing and sequestering, supporting health and biodiversity, and requiring low energy inputs.

The water supply for the farm is this reservoir, which is on the site. It keeps the water footprint of the whole operation incredibly low, with a clean water supply, free from the chemical drain off from nearby non-organic farms. That’s on top of the wildlife benefits.

Since buying the site in 2016, over 3500 trees have been planted, including alder and hazel, most of them around the border of the site to provide a windbreak, as well as for their multitude of benefits – wildlife, carbon sequestration, mitigation of both hot temperatures and flooding, not to mention their beauty! 

I visit on a windy, rainy day, and while this makes the conditions in the glasshouses absolutely idyllic for working, the fens are a wild and windswept landscape!

If you are in any doubt of the importance of wind protection, take a look at these spinach plants, grown in the middle of the field…compared to these spinach plants grown at the edge – the same variety, sown at the same time, but benefitting from the sheltered microclimate provided by a tall hedge at the edge of the field.

There are plans to plant more trees, including agroforestry into the design – combining trees with the crop growing spaces, increasing crop and soil protection, and biodiversity.

Regenerating the Soil

Back in 2016, the soil was badly depleted by previous high intensity farming methods – there was hardly a worm to be found! So Kate and David set about rebuilding fertility in the soil, using green manures, including deep-rooting chicory, clovers and cocksfoot, and also a small flock of sheep. 

Once the soil fertility and structure is re-established sufficiently to support food growing without artificial fertilisers, the outdoor growing spaces will be managed in 7-year rotation.

Green manures are also used within the glasshouses – this gorgeous purple flower, phacelia, has a design purpose beyond its beauty, of soil regeneration. The bees also love it! 

Phacelia – a green manure to improve the soil

Re-used, re-claimed, resourceful

Sweet peas growing up a reclaimed builders fence

Resourcefulness and minimising waste is in the DNA of the Seed Coop! Waste root vegetables are fed to the sheep. Reclaimed builders fencing comes in useful, from growing structures for peas, to suspended hangers for seed drying. 

Pictured below, is winter purslane, the first seed crop of the year, shedding its seeds through the filter of netting.

It will soon be followed by turnips. Have you ever seen a mature turnip plant? They are pretty spectacular – my eyes were on stalks when I saw them!

Root…
…to seed

Rotation Planning

The work of the Seed Co-op includes growing outdoors and under glass, and for some crops such as carrots and celeriac, both. The planning of the growing calendar is complex, due to considerations of cross pollination. 

For example, courgettes (insect pollinated) are growing in the glass house, so that the first fruit are pollinated before any outdoor courgettes (in neighbouring gardens) are flowering.  This way  they don’t cross pollinate with each other, but the early fruit need labeling and all later fruit removed so that only seed from the earliest fruit are saved. 

Carrot flowers

Just one variety of carrots can be harvested on the site each year, so that they aren’t at risk of cross pollinating. They are sown outdoors, roots are lifted and selected, overwintered indoors, and then planted out in the glasshouse, so that they flower and set seed undercover where rain can’t spoil the seed-head. Any seed from flowers coming later in the season won’t be retained in case they have crossed with the wild carrot. 

Crops that are self pollinated, such as lettuces, can be isolated by distance.

Maintaining Seed Quality 

Reproducing open source seed involves both multiplying the seed and selecting the best seed – the Seed Co-op pride themselves on well maintained seed quality. They are the registered maintainers of numerous varieties, including Autumn King carrots, James Scarlet Intermediate carrot, Blue Lake climbing french beans, and a summer Savoy cabbage called Rearguard Ormskirk,

However they do not and cannot grow all of the seeds that they sell: some are supplied by carefully selected and registered organic or biodynamic farmers, smallholders and market gardeners across the UK or abroad.

They are very careful about the provenance of their seeds, which is explicitly labelled in their seed catalogue.

“Even people who know about seed sovereignty don’t realise how little is grown in the UK,” David tells me.

“In organic systems we’re working with natural processes, but changes in the environment make it even more challenging. Harvests fail, summers are increasingly hot and dry, hailstorms can completely smash a crop.”

A Healthy Food System 

I ask David about where this fits into the wider challenges in the food system, such as food poverty.

“The problem with food poverty is nothing to do with food production; it is a problem of inequality – it’s a political issue,” David tells me. “Another big problem is access to land, and making small farms viable in a system that sidelines them.” 

In most of Europe farms under a certain size gain subsidies, in the UK it is the other way round – it has always been a UK decision to exclude small farmers, and that is set to continue with the new post-Brexit support systems. 

Also, entitlements to subsidies are not only attached to land – they’re tradable. So the Seed Co-op would have to buy entitlements to the system of farm subsidies, even though it is over 10 hectares in size.

David and Kate are modest, practical, and very busy getting on with the job – very ably supported by the hardworking team of staff and directors. But I feel I cannot overstate the importance and urgency of the work that the Seed Co-op is doing, and how very much I want you – us – to get involved at whatever level we can.

Three ways to support the Seed Co-op

Invest

Become a member of the Seed Co-op. You can buy shares in the co-op for £1 each. You have to purchase a minimum of 100 shares, and a maximum of 100 000. You won’t get interest or dividends – profits are all returned to the development of seed production, and you can’t trade them on the stock market. But this is one of the most genuine investments in our children’s future that I can think of. 

(Find out more and apply to become a member here)

Volunteer

If you can offer a regular time commitment, access to the farm in Gosberton and a willingness to learn, you would be welcomed as a volunteer on the site.

There is also need for pro bono roles on the board, they are currently recruiting for a Marketing & Communications Director and a Finance Director

Grow your own

The future of food is local!  

Grow the food that thrives in your region, save the seed, and then share it with others, building resilient seed communities. You might like to join an organisation like Lincolnshire Organic Gardeners Organisation (LOGO) – who are organisers of Seed Swap events, as well as a wonderful network of expertise. 

Learn more about seed sovereignty

There is lots of information about seed sovereignty online, both how to save seeds at home – for example Real Seeds and Garden Organic – and how to support the movement for food sovereignty. One of the up-sides of the pandemic is the increase in webinars and online events and opportunities to learn and connect. Follow these national organisations: CSA Network UK, the Seed Sovereignty Programme run by the Gaia Foundation, the Landworkers’ Alliance, and the Organic Growers Alliance 

Also – look out for next week’s blog, on seed sovereignty and how the Seed Co-op’s work addresses the ecological problems we face.

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Up to 200 meals would be served each Tuesday and Saturday at their central food hub – St Andrew’s Church in Grimsby. 

“We are ONE works to provide support for people facing food poverty including the homeless, those in hostels, the elderly and families in financial distress. Feeding those in need for free and on a voluntary basis, we will support anyone who asks, without prejudice in respect of circumstances, gender, race, religion or age.”

All are welcome!

Dave Wells had the idea to start serving food to people for free more than 6 years ago. 

He tells me that they had lots of discussions over the name of the organisation in its infancy. ‘We Are One’ just summed up everything and sends a clear message to anyone wanting to be involved. 

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You may not be able to tell from the photos that I visited on a wild, blustery day – and the Lincolnshire fens are more windswept than elsewhere in the county! – but the outdoor environment is incredibly pleasant – sheltered by the many trees, rainbow ribbons billowing lightly around the playground.

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“The children need to be able to identify plants so they can make good decisions in real life,” Mr Squire explains.

“They are going to come across them, it doesn’t help them if we never let them see anything that could be harmful.” 

Children don’t need to be protected from or afraid of harmful plants, they need to be confident in how to recognise them.

A child-sized allotment

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Biodiversity thrives alongside all the food, and the children are in the thick of it!

They get to watch the birds in the wood from a bird hide, and are helped to identify them. 

They are fully involved in digging a little wildlife pond, and in time will watch it become inhabited by frogs and other pond life. 

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The thing that really blows me away about Gosberton House, is that there’s not just one token apple tree, one little veg plot (and that’s not to discredit anyone making a small start with food growing) – it’s everywhere, and in lots of different ways! 

There’s a keyhole bed, for standing up gardening, with integrated composting in the centre, where multiple plants are intercropped in one small space.

Even the outdoor shelter has window boxes filled with herbs and flowers!

Indoors, there’s a child-scale kitchen, with a timetable on the door that includes each small group in a weekly slot: every child uses the kitchen every week!

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“We’re all about preparing the children for life, and for lifelong learning,” Mr Squire explains. “The children get to learn about risk. They get to climb trees. We’re preparing them for the future.”

“It creates opportunities for building community.” 

The school runs Dads & lads n lasses, Mums & lads n lasses groups in the forest school, where parents get to spend time with their children in a shared environment. 

The children come from all over Lincolnshire, so there isn’t a typical school community, located in the families’ neighbourhood. The parents get to talk to each other, and talk about their children. 

“The buzz is amazing!”

And it ties into health and well being – “we want children to grow up being healthy and knowing how to look after themselves and each other.”

How does school embed this so effectively? 

This is a question that really interests me. I mean, plenty schools do recognise the value of good food, but school food growing projects are notoriously short lived; classroom cooking activities are frequently unhealthy – iced biscuits are ubiquitous! The seed-to-plate journey is hard for schools and teachers to sustain, on top of their already colossal workload.

“It’s a mindset. If you view it as important it becomes embedded.”

Mr Squire shows me the curriculum overview, organised into termly themes.

Food is woven right through it. There are ways to incorporate it into all the themes, and all the subjects, science and writing, observation drawing and maths. It keeps it all grounded in the real world. 

And the curriculum cycle is designed so that the growing projects are not dropped at the end of a theme.

A growing project that starts in one term, is picked up again the next term, but in a different way, and then again the next term and the next year. 

The head teacher is committed, and that makes a massive difference.

“And it is really a small amount of time, relative to the enormous benefits to the children!”

Does it make a difference that it is a special school?

Mr Squire has taught in both special schools and mainstream.

“No, not really,” he tells me. “The pressures are slightly different, but equally demanding. How you do things depends on your priorities.”

“It’s about well-being. There’s a place for technology and so forth, but children need time to be outside. We’re not an exams factory.”

If you’d like to find out more about food in schools, you might like to take a look at:

Webinar recordings about food in schools, from our Incredible Edible in Lincolnshire series, including a primary school, a secondary school and the TastEd approach.

Recent blog – Can Kids Keep Bees? about Wyberton Primary Academy.

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If you work in a school, check out the Soil Association’s Food for Life awards – an excellent programme for embedding good food in schools. There are a few of the criteria that we may be able to help you with, so feel free to get in touch.

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The food response to lockdown

When the first lockdown kicked in, flour was suddenly in high demand. As the supermarket shelves emptied of flour – and big flour producers were not set up for supplying flour in domestic-scale bags – the team responded by creating a pop up shop for Cogglesford flour, out of the home of one of the team.

They were also able to support their local foodbank with flour, and other refreshments that were normally offered at the mill, including coffee and biscuits.

Although the mill has been closed to the public for the duration of lockdown, it has, at times, been possible for the miller to continue milling flour. It’s not a task the miller does alone for health and safety reasons, but she was able to enlist the help of her husband when colleagues were not able to mix in a small space.

A Twenty-first Century Miller

I spoke to the miller, Dawn Oakley, about her skilled and unusual job at the watermill. 

Dawn’s background was in tourist information, and her interest in history and heritage means that she fully appreciates the mill as a very special workplace! 

“It’s physical work, and includes running up and down a lot of steep steps,” she tells me, “it keeps me fit!

“And there’s a lot going on behind the scenes, such as the bagging of flour. There’s no reason that needs to be behind the scenes though – it’s part of the process.”

There’s a little oven on site, which is used for baking scones when school children visit. The smell is amazing!

A Food Future

Looking to the future, the team are looking to foreground the flour production. “It turns out it’s not good for a waterwheel to sit in water for long periods of time,” Dawn tells me. It’s actually beneficial on every level for the wheel to be in use, driving the grindstones to mill the grain. 

Previously, the mill was put into action one day a week as a demonstration for visitors, but as the mill is undergoing some substantial repair work, the team are realising the importance of the milling process, and the production of flour as the fundamental purpose of the mill.

While the tourists have been absent, the team has also realised the importance of the local community – and how much the community values the mill. 

Most visitors arrive by car, but the journey from Sleaford town centre to the mill is a lovely riverside walk, much used by local dog-walkers. The land around the mill is owned by NKDC, and is kept as a wildflower meadow, supporting biodiversity and local wildlife, as well as looking beautiful.

Learning to Mill

There are opportunities to learn the art of milling through volunteering at the mill, as well as welcoming guests, and getting involved in events and training. The team at Cogglesford are very welcoming of volunteers, and are keen to find a role for everyone interested in helping out, from youngsters interested in exploring a career in tourism and heritage, or retired adults who enjoy the mill environment. 

The mill is undergoing repair work, and is not yet open to the public, but there’s lots you can do to connect with them in the meantime:

  • take a virtual tour, or attend a virtual milling day
  • Follow developments on their Twitter feed
  • Buy their flour at the local farmers market, on the first Saturday of the month (while stocks last – milling will stop while the water wheel is being repaired!)
  • Pre-order flour to collect from the shop, by phoning 01529 308102
  • Find out about volunteering at the mill, by contacting Dawn: dawn_oakley@n-kesteven.gov.uk

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