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Most Recent ISSA News

Designing a Sustainable Vegetable Garden: Top Tips

Food waste is a big issue in Ireland and around the world. It’s believed that over one million tonnes of food gets wasted here each year, which needless to say, is not sustainable. To mitigate this problem, the first place to start would be in your own garden; i.e. growing your own vegetables. ...

August Gardening Tips

There are still quite a few things you should be sowing in August to provide you with a good supply of food over the winter period, late croppers such as Spring Cabbage, Winter Roscoff Cauliflower as well as hardy lettuce are ideal. Shinkinu spring onions, Spinach, Rocket, Mustard and salad leaves can all still be sown and will ...

Life on the Farm – July

Given the extreme weather conditions, keeping a close eye on all our crops is proving quite challenging. We are starting work as early as possible in the gardens and getting any hard labour completed before midday, as the afternoon sun makes working conditions unbearable. When you enter the polytunnels it's like stepping into a tropical ...

Gardening Tips for June

While it may be too late for tomatoes and peppers, most summer producers will grow even more quickly from seed planted in early summer when the soil is well warmed up. Don't hesitate in planting seeds for cucumber, peas, beans, winter squashes, pumpkins as well as beets, carrots and chard. The dangers of late frost ...

Life on the Farm – June

The radio documentary "Bittersweet" by Patrica Baker, was aired on Newstalk 4th June. Exploring the history of apples within Ireland and how Irish Seed Savers are reviving these heritage varieties that were thought lost. To listen to this wonderful documentary click here. Now that this season's growth is under way it's easy to spot ...

Life on the Farm – May

The hard work that was put into building our propagation tunnel in the Winter months has paid off and is now in full use. The raised bed is full of green manures and our benches are all equipped with heats mats to keep the optimum germination temperature of 18 degrees. Tomatoes, cucumber, beetroot, runner beans, ...

Our Educational Mission

Our educational mission  is to teach and inspire children about all aspects of biodiversity, to give them the practical life skills to grow their own food and to empower them to feel that they can be part of the solution for environmental problems and to instill in them a lifelong love and respect for nature. ...

Irish Seed Savers scoop top honours at Heritage Awards

The Heritage Council were delighted to declare Irish Seed Savers’ event ‘The Great Irish Garden’ as the overall winner for ‘Hidden Heritage’ as part of the Heritage Awards 2017. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony in Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile Museum on April 12th. There were 122 entries for the Awards and 170 ...

Life on the Farm – April

In the orchards we have gathered all our apple tree prunings ready for chipping which will eventually be mixed in with our composts. Down through the years apple trees have be given to Irish Seed Savers and we are busy sourcing the different stories around these varieties. We have cleared out our apple store and the blackbirds ...

Fruit DNA Identification Scheme 2018

Historically fruit identification has involved visually eye balling a fruit and trying to determine its identity from this. As there are 000's of varieties this is an error prone process and is largely dependent on the level of expertise of the identifier. Advances with DNA fingerprinting now allows us to identify fruits more quickly and more ...

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