Producing an open pollinated seed crop on your farm can improve the quality of your future crops, increase plant adaptation to local conditions, give you access to new varieties and new skills. Seed production can also bring an added income stream to your farm through contract growing or direct sales in the future.
Our 12-month seed production training is designed to give you the tools to grow open pollinated vegetable seed crops competently. It will offer you an overview of the political, ethical, and economic context of seed production in Wales. We will cover topics as broad ranging as plant botany, seed cultivation, seed sovereignty and seed justice.
The course is being delivered as a partnership between Tyfu Cymru and the UK Seed Sovereignty Programme. We will welcome outside teachers to lead on specific topics, as well as working closely with expert trainers from the Heritage Seed Library.
The course will be delivered via online workshops, with the opportunity for in person farm visits in the Summer (COVID-19 restrictions allowing). You will also be asked to produce a seed crop while taking part in the training to give you some practical experience.
The course is designed to be taken as an entire 12-month programme; we do not recommend attending single sessions. One to one mentoring can be provided to those who need it between scheduled sessions.
A full overview will be provided prior to the start of the programme, however please see information below outlining the first 6 webinar sessions.
Session 1: Seed Sovereignty
Tuesday 26th January 2021, 4pm
This first session will look at the background of the Seed Sovereignty Programme and the partnership with Tyfu Cymru. It will look at opportunities such as on farm adaptation, seed swapping, seed selling, participatory plant breeding and genetic diversity.
Session 2: Plant Reproduction
Tuesday 23rd February 2021, 4pm
Session 3: Crop Planning
Tuesday 30th March 2021 – Time TBC
Session 4: Cultivation
Tuesday 27th April 2021 - Time TBC
Session 5: Selection
Tuesday 25th May 2021 – Time TBC
Session 6: Seed Businesses
Tuesday 29th June 2021 – Time TBC