Seedy Sunday in Brighton

Seedy Sunday is the UK’s biggest community seed swap. It takes place every February in Brighton and Hove and this year it is on February 5th from 10.30am to 4pm

It has its roots (couldn’t resist) in a 2001 holiday to Vancouver, Canada. Two members of a local organic gardening group happened upon a seed swap while they were away, and brough the idea back with them. The UK’s first seed swap took place the following Februay in Brighton. It’s a community fair, where growers exchange or give seeds away (for a donation) from plants they have grown themselves. Many are ‘heritage’ varieties, often no longer commercially available, but are naturally well adapted to local growing conditions.

This year Seedy Sunday is held at Brighton and Hove’s Sixth Form College on the Old Shoreham Road. Click here for a map

Experienced local growers can advise on the practicalities of seed saving and growing from seed. There are also a range of expert talks.

11.15 – 11.45am Environmental Archaeologist Dr Mike Allen the local environment and landscape from the last ice age to today

12.00 -12.30pm Dr Adrian Ely from the University of Sussex will look at lessons learned from work in Argentina, Kenya, China and the US about seed technolog and how it can be applied in a local context
12.45 – 1.15pm Nick Mole from Pesticide Action Network, a new
movement campaigning to persuade UK towns and cities to Go Pesticide-Free!

This outstanding film by Collective Eye follows passionate seed keepers protecting our food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared.
3pm David Price from a community-owned seed company, believing passionately in breeding open pollinated seeds that everyone can grow, everyone can save for the next year, and everyone can afford.
To find out more, including how to set up a seed swap in your area, click on the Seedy Sunday website.

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