BBC Food and Farming Awards – FINALISTS in BBC Future Food Award

What a night it was at the BBC Food Awards final!! Growing Underground were named the winners in the Future Food category. Islander Kelp were the other very worthy finalists, and their story of regenerating both a lost industry and an island community is well worth checking out.  Apparently we were the top three from over 70 entries across the UK.  The fact that we’re disappointed not to get first place just shows how far we’ve come!

Thank you to ALL of our supporters, those that have taken an interest in what we do, and of course the whole team at the BBC Food and Farming Awards for finding these fantastic stories and people to celebrate, and doing it so well!

We have received a great boost from Patrick Holden, Chief Executive of the Sustainable Food Trust, and winner of the Derek Cooper Award at the 2017 BBC Food and Farming Awards.  He sent us the following message:

IMG_3092“I’d like to capitalize on any attention that I’ve received for winning the Derek Cooper Award to remind people of the critically important work of the Seed Co-operative, a project which is countering a potential mass extinction of the seeds we depend on for health, vitality and diversity in our food systems. It is easy to overlook the potential importance of the humble seed, especially at a time when fewer and fewer farmers and growers have the knowledge of saving seed from the plants they grow. The Seed Co-operative reminds us that each farmer and grower is a custodian of the seeds they inherit and which are passed on to future generations. In the spirit of democratising the food system, their community owned model allows everyone to become a part of it by buying shares and becoming co-owners. The cause of this community owned seed company is close to my heart and any support you can give towards their target of £300,000 for securing the start-up costs is greatly appreciated. Although the Seed Co-operative were only runners up in the BBC Food and Farming Awards, in reality they represent an incredible opportunity to reverse the dramatic loss of seed diversity which has declined by more than 90% since than the 1900s. Please give generously!” – Patrick Holden

Here’s two things you can do to support us…

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BBC Food and Farming Awards

You can still here the radio programmes featuring the Seed Co-operative, and the BBC Future Food Award….

On Your Farm broadcast 17 Sept 17 – listen here

The Food Programme also broadcast 17 Sept – listen here

Food and Farming Awards ceremony

The Food Programme will be providing recorded coverage of the finals across two programmes:

  • Sunday 24 Sept – 12.30pm  BBC R4 The Food Programme
  • Monday 25 Sept –   3.30pm BBC R4 The Food Programme

We grow seeds for everyone, and for the health and well being of people and planet. We are a community-owned seed company, and we’re not interested in tricksy seed biotechnology, or dominating the world’s seed supply.  Instead, we believe passionately in breeding open pollinated seeds that everyone can grow, everyone can save for the next year, and everyone can afford.  All our sustainable futures depend on protecting their genetic biodiversity.


Why us?

We have been founded as one of the first of a new wave of collaborative and effective, ecologically orientated seed producers for the UK.  We have the expertise and over 20 years growing experience –  and the will and determination – to grow better seeds for better food in a natural way that is resilient and safer for all.

We now have 260 shareholders and have raised over £450,000 towards our £750,000 target, but we still need to raise £300,000.


Why it matters

Our food system depends on viable, living seeds, capable of reproducing themselves. Sadly, few people realise how threatened the availability of open pollinated seeds is, or the manifold ways in which agri-business has taken ownership of seed production, resulting in the domination of fewer and ever-larger multi-national corporations and the decline of local and small-scale seed producers.


Will you help?

Our most immediate and urgent task is to find people who share our vision and will support our genuinely community-owned seed company. If you are interested, or feel you can help, please join or donate now to help secure the future for our natural food system.

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