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Seed Saving Network

International Festival of Seeds

Event Details
04 Sep 2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Seed Saving Network

The Seed Saving Network at OmVed gardens invites you for a day of seed swapping, seed saving, art, music and food system rebellion.

Now in it’s second year, our Seed Saving Network has distributed over 1200 packets of free, organic, open-pollinated seeds to growers across the UK. We want people to grow wherever they can – in flats, allotments, window boxes, community gardens, houseboats, tower blocks – if there is space for sowing, get growing. We think that growing food and saving seed is one of the most important things we can do to promote a healthy and biodiverse planet.

So join us on September 4th to celebrate seed saving the world over, featuring seed savers from West Bengal to the London Freedom Seed Bank.

All donations will go to the Jeevika Development Society, an organisation in West Bengal, India which works to support livelihoods in sustainable agriculture and promote gender equality amongst farmers.

Vicky, Sonia and the gang will be holding a seed swap so don’t forget to bring your seeds!

 

The schedule:

All Day – Seed Swap – Join us for a seed swap! Bring your spare seeds to swap and take some new varieties.

11:30-15:30 – Samosas and chai – Try our delicious samosas and homemade chai. Samosas, Homemade Chutneys, Homemade Vegan Chai and an Indian Sweet for £5. Please bring your own cup. Service will be paused during talks.

10:30-11:30 – Bee the Future – A children’s interactive workshop in the garden. Children will create their own wildflower seed balls and construct boxes to contain the balls during this engaging, interactive session. £5 for the session.

11:00-11:30 – Seed Saving Workshop – Vicky Chown and Sonia Rego will take you on brief tour of our kitchen garden, followed by a workshop on saving seed. Free of charge.

12:00-12:45 – Seed Saving Seminar and Film – OmVed Seed Saving Network will host a talk on seed sovereignty, featuring our partner organisation, the Jeevika Development Society, an organisation in West Bengal, India which works to support livelihoods in sustainable agriculture and promote gender equality amongst farmers. This talk will be followed by a seed Q&A.

13:00-13:45 – Musical Performance by Khiyo – The magnificent Khiyo will be performing as duo Sohini Alam and Oliver Weeks. The band is named Khiyo after a letter of the Bengali alphabet. It is a unique letter that, whilst being a combination of two letters, has an identity of its own. Similarly, though the band members have backgrounds that include Western classical, rock, jazz, blues, Nazrul Sangeet, Bengali folk and Indian classical, the amalgamation of the whole has a singularly identifiable sound.

14:00-14:30 – Seed Saving Workshop – Vicky Chown and Sonia Rego will take you on brief tour of our kitchen garden, followed by a workshop on saving seed. Free of charge.

14:30-15:00 – Seed Saving Seminar and Film – OmVed Seed Saving Network will host a talk on seed sovereignty, featuring our partner organisation, the Jeevika Development Society, an organisation in West Bengal, India which works to support livelihoods in sustainable agriculture and promote gender equality amongst farmers. This talk will be followed by a seed Q&A.

15:00-15:45 – Preserving Workshop – The head of our creative kitchen Jo March will show you the ropes on simple preserving techniques like sugaring, salting, pickling recipes using our homegrown produce. Participants will take a jar back with them. Price £4 per person.

15:00-16:00 – Bee The Future – A children’s interactive workshop in the garden. Children will create their own wildflower seed balls and construct boxes to contain the balls during this engaging, interactive session. £5 for the session.

Event tickets available here.