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Vida verde seeds
We really do hope you enjoy these vegetables as much as we have enjoyed tracking them down and trying them out.
Each and every one has been chosen for its merit in the kitchen as well as the garden.

Vida verde seeds

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“You have the freedom to use OSSI-Pledged seeds in any way you choose. In return, you pledge not to restrict others’ use of these seeds or their derivatives by patents or other means, and to include this pledge with any transfer of these seeds or their derivatives.”

THE NEW 2020 Online-CATALOGUE IS DUE IN LATE NOVEMBER

If you are looking to place next-year’s seed order,
wait until December as we are currently testing and packing the newly harvested seed.

Rated ‘Best Buy’
by Ethical Consumer Magazine

Welcome! Our heirloom and heritage vegetable seeds are specially chosen for home gardeners.
Over the past 21 years we’ve collected the very best varieties for you to grow.

You’ll find no F1 hybrids or genetically modified seed here – just varieties that do really well and taste great
when grown on a garden scale – a catalogue of real seeds for real gardeners wanting to grow proper vegetables.

Because all are open-pollinated (non-hybrid) , you can even save your own vegetable seed
for future years, using the instructions we supply. There’s no need to buy new seed every year.

New to gardening? See the calendars on each page – dark green squares show the main sowing times for each crop. Lighter green are extensions/options.

For more detailed sowing plans throughout the year, we have a month-by-month guide.
See the latest news from the field on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

How We Are Different

We don’t just sell seed; we’re gardeners and also grow these veg for our own use at home,
so we really know how they grow & how they taste.

We only offer what we think is really good,
rather than listing lots of different varieties just for the sake of it.
Every vegetable here has been chosen – from hundreds of trials – for a particular reason , which we try to explain in the description.

We do our own website – so it has been written by gardeners, for gardeners.
It should be easy to see what each vegetable does, how it grows, and when to sow it.

We really do hope you enjoy these vegetables as much as we have enjoyed tracking them down and trying them out.
Each and every one has been chosen for its merit in the kitchen as well as the garden.

Our aim is to offer you the very best seed of the best vegetable varieties we can find!

– best wishes for a great season from Ben, Kate, Catherine, Tam & Ian

To reduce plastic waste , we supply much of our seed in paper envelopes.
To do this have we purchased one of the last existing Ballard Brown-bag seed packing machines.
Weighing 1000lb in cast iron and brass, and built a hundred years ago, this amazing device has been in constant use ever since.

It picks up and opens the packet, throws a measured scoop of seed in,
glues the flap, folds it over and passes it to the output tray.
Originally steam powered, ours is now run by an electric motor.

We have designed beautiful new seed packets to go with it, inspired by the Art Nouveau posters of Mucha,
& had the correct 1880s-pattern envelopes manufactured for us by a company in Wales.

Company No 5924934

VAT No 841181938

DEFRA registered Seed Merchant No 7289

Soil Association Organic Seed Packing License AP27266

Our Unique Structure: Although a limited company, we have no shareholders. The aim is not to make huge profits, but to supply great seeds to home gardeners at reasonable prices, and to educate people about home seed-saving. As part of our ethical policy, all staff are paid the same hourly wage, including the directors.

Our Unique Guarantee: We have spent years trying to find the best varieties for you. We think these are the best seeds you can sow, and we really hope that you enjoy growing your vegetables. We will refund or replace if you are in any way less than delighted with them, even including the flavour of the resulting crop!

Gardeners Should Save their Own Seed: Because these seeds are not hybrids, you can save your own seed for future use: there’s no need to buy new each year. Saving your own is easy. You will get great seed, and great vegetables adapted to your local conditions. Do have a go – read the seedsaving instructions we provide with every order, and also on this site.

We have now sent out over 165,000 sets of free home seed-saving instructions!

Our Seed Club: Due to really daft seed laws, many of our fantastic vegetable seeds can only be supplied to members of our Seed Club, because they are not on the ‘approved list’ of permitted vegetable varieties! But membership costs just one penny .
When you order, you will be charged a penny for a lifetimes Seed Club Membership. For details see terms and conditions.

Climate Change: Real Seeds is powered by 100% Renewable Electricity

A fine crop of Sutherland Kale in flower.

Vida verde seeds
A couple of important points about seed saving here: Seeds do not store well in this climate. They should be planted about 6 mo – 1 year after harvest. The best “seed bank” in this climate is a living seed bank–that is, keeping them alive by growing them–which we are all engaged in together with these Seed Exchanges.

Seed Exchange

Our BiAnnual Seed Exchange will be held this year at the Saturday Organic Market, the “Randi Nama Feria Agroecologico, at the market plaza adjacent to the bus terminal on September 22, 2018, 8-12:30 am.

This event is open to everyone who wants to grow organic food!! Come and share seeds you have grown. Or come and benefit from the seeds others have grown. Organic Market Vendors and anyone who wants to participate, will bring organic seeds,and can choose to sell or exchange or give them away. If you want to sell seeds, we suggest $1. or $2. packages. There will be a space in the middle of the plaza for anyone who wants to display their seeds. Bring a table if you can, or we may just lay our seeds out on the ground for display. It is good to come with a partner, so one can tend your own seeds and negotiate trades, and the other can move about, seeking out desired seeds.

We’ll have music, and between 9:30-11 will have a microphone set up for people to share their experience and advice about the seeds they are bringing. Let me know if you can help with translating for this–we want to share cross-culturally. “Seeds” will also include plant starts, root stock, etc.

This is one of the best places to collect locally adapted organic seeds–from local gardening enthusiasts, both Ecuadorean and from the “international community” that have been growing them out and adapting them. We have been doing this bi-annually for about 5 years now. It is the place to be if you want to expand your locally-adapted varieties! Lots of knowledge to be shared, and fun to be had!

It is an option to donate proceeds from the sale of seeds to the Organic Market. The Organic Market benefits the community in many ways–by providing a healthy alternative to chemically toxin-laden produce, by supporting farmers to transition from conventional to organic growing with workshops, comraderie and regular mingas(traditional work parties). The Randi Nama market, which means “reciprocity” or “ayni” in Quechua engages in ongoing political activism to increase awareness of the importance of eating organic, supporting food sovereignty and working to maintain the ban against GMOs. Also, it is one of the most culturally integrated scenarios.

A couple of important points about seed saving here: Seeds do not store well in this climate. They should be planted about 6 mo – 1 year after harvest. The best “seed bank” in this climate is a living seed bank–that is, keeping them alive by growing them–which we are all engaged in together with these Seed Exchanges.

This is a great way to learn from each other.
Wear YOUR favorite gardening hat, and let’s have a real good time!