Stroud Community Seed Bank

Welcome to our ambitious and exciting new community seed bank project! We are delighted that in our very first experimental year our team of  volunteer seed guardians grew over 50 different varieties of vegetable, herb and flower seeds in the back gardens and allotments of Stroud. Amazing! Our unique seed catalogue is available to download here, and there are lots of ways you can get involved in the coming year.

 

Click here to view our 2017 seed catalogue!

 

beans grown by seed guardians in 2016

Why save seed?

Farmers and gardeners have saved and shared their own seeds for thousands of years, but with the rise of global agribusiness, F1 hybrids and GM seed, many delicious heirloom and locally adapted varieties are being lost, and genetic diversity is being eroded. By growing our own seed we can help to turn the tide and make our own communities more resilient. Seed growing can be great fun and deeply satisfying – and anyone can do it. Click for more…

 

How to save seed?

Seed saving doesn’t have to be difficult, but growing good seed does require a bit of knowledge, planning and attention beyond the basics of ordinary vegetable growing, and some vegetables are more challenging than others! There is loads of great information available free online to get you started.

 

seed saving at Cainscross allotments

Get involved!

We would love you to join us on this seed saving adventure and there’s plenty of scope to get involved or help out. Our very first seed catalogue is nearly ready and you can pick up packets of our seeds in exchange for a donation at events around Stroud in the coming weeks. Find out more about the global history of agriculture at our film screening, learn how to save your own seeds at our workshop, or borrow our practical seed saving DVD. We are particularly keen to recruit more seed guardians to help us scale up the seed bank and grow more seed locally – and anyone can do it! Click for more…

 

Get in touch

swapping seeds and stories

If you would like to know more about the Seed Bank, our seeds, or any of our events, please get in touch!  We would also be delighted to hear from you if you think you might be

able to help out in any way, or have ideas about how the seed bank could develop in to the future.

Say hello to us and keep up to date with news and developments on Facebook: www.facebook.com/stroudcommunityseedbank

For more info and to join in, phone Jessie on 07505 974842, or email: seedbank@downtoearthstroud.co.uk