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Children’s letters

Sent by Aidan Breen Sent by Fioan O'Brien Sent by Aidan Johnston Sent by Alana McErlan Sent by Alana SwireSent by Alise Roche Sent by Conor O'Grady Sent by Michelle Sheedy Sent by Paul Hamilton Sent by Rosie Young Sent by Ruari GallagherThanks to all of you; and we hope you will come and ...

‘A Brief History of Irish Sugarbeet Seed’ – Introduction by Matteo Petitti

Early in spring this year we received an unusual phone call. Michael Miklis informed us that in the sugar factory in Mallow, Co. Cork lots of precious and unique seed processing equipment and machines where about to be dumped. The building in which they were housed would be dismantled and sold. We had to do ...

Secret Life of Compost by Malcolm Beck ISBN 0-911311-21-1 – David Breslin

The author started a compost making business after studying nature as he grew up on a farm. Observing natural systems at work maintaining soil fertility without any inputs, he started to make his own compost that gained a reputation for quality and eventually had to give up his job to make compost full time.The book ...

A Spot of Indian Wisdom and Inspiration – Lidia Montemurri

If you think it’s about tying your legs in knots or chanting unutterable mantras you’re way off the mark! It’s about seeds, community and survival strategies.Last year I had the privilege of spending some time at Basudha farm in West Bengal, the northwestern Indian state bordering Bangladesh.  The farm is situated 3 hours train journey ...

Saving Seeds in Canada – Patricia Leigh-Cook

Seed Savers organizations throughout the world have started with a simple goal …to preserve life.If all of us wanted to naturally preserve life, we would have listened intently to the lessons of our ancestors. They knew all about the land they lived on, how to sow, harvest and save food. They knew how to treat ...

‘MARKET GARDENING for Commercial Growers’ – Eoin Keane

Stór Síolta (Winter 2008) featured an article by Matteo, which through the medium of an interview, gave an insight into Jim Cronin’s philosophy of growing healthy local food using methods which nurture the soil and the holding. This includes that which a gardener/farmer inherits from previous generations: the soil and its fertility as a continuous ...

Members News Views and Observations – Summer Season ‘09

17 September 2009Dear Friends,Its that time of the year again when I renew my membership. I look forward to your newsletter as usual, which I always enjoy. By the way the Tibet potatoes you started me with continue to flourish each year producing beautiful potatoes. Your Ballyvaughan Seedling is shaping up nicely too.Yours Sincerely,Dan Tuohy                ...

Potato Report 2009 – Peter Bourke

This year saw us doing very well on the earlies and not so well on the maincrops – not a huge surprise really given the wet months of July and August. I am becoming increasingly convinced that organic potato growers should concentrate on first and second earlies and blight resistant maincrops. To witness the annual ...

Members’ Trials – Peter Bourke&Jo Newton

This year we are hoping to enlist the help of our members in growing out some crops and saving seeds from them. There are two projects in particular that we have in mind:Stamme OnionPreviously on the ISSA seedlist, this is an onion we got from the Wellesbourne Genebank, which is apparently of Irish origin and ...

Ancient ‘Crafts’ at Seed Savers – Cormac Griffith

Back in September, I participated in a great workshop making a Traditional Fishing Currach. It was led by James Madigan, who learnt the skills from his grandfather, Sino Blunnie. James runs the West Clare Currach Club based in Kilkee. We worked with a team of about six people here at Seed Savers and ...

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