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Most Recent ISSA News

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 ...

There is life in the old soil yet!

Even though I have been gardening for a few years now, and I am improving slowly, this year I discovered that my soil is seriously lacking in fertility.  Since January, I have been attending Jim Cronin’s ‘Organic Market Gardening’ course in Bridgetown and on day one I got about 1 out of 10 for my ...

Blossom Week & Annual Plant Share

This year as part of National Biodiversity Week Irish Seed Savers will be hosting Blossom Week which will culminate with our Annual Plant Share event on Sunday 27th May. There will be FREE entry to our gardens and orchards all week (up to and including the 26th). On each of the 6 days (21st to 27th) ...

Gardening Tips for May

The list of vegetables you can plant in May is a long one, French  & Runner Beans, Peas, Calabrese, Kale, Cabbages, Radishes, Onions, Beetroot, Turnips, Swede, Courgettes, Squash can all be started this month. May is the ideal time to plant your carrots & parsnips to ensure you have a good winter harvest. Believe it ...

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 ...

Board Positions Available

Irish Seed Savers are looking for suitably qualified individuals to sit on our Board of Directors for the positions of Education Advisor and Fundraising Advisor. Click below for full details. Education Adisor Fundraising Advisor Applications to be made to before April 30th 2018.

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 ...

April Gardening Tips

For many April is the month that gets us out into the garden for the first time of the the year. For the novice it can seem daunting, where do i start?, what do i grow? How much do i grow? Ask yourself what do you like to eat and aim to grow a small but ...

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