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Seed Information Sources

Bristol Seed Swap event is part of a global movement of people who recognise seed swapping as an opportunity to share skills, techniques, knowledge, experience, stories, ideas, dreams… it strengthens both our biodiversity and community.

Seed Saving Leaflet

Seed Saving Leaflet
to download A beautiful booklet produced for Bristol Seed Swap by Jody Cooper.


  • The Seed Savers’ Handbook by Jeremy Cherfas

  • Breed your own Vegetable Varieties by Carol Deppe

  • Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners by Suzanne Ashworth

  • Heirloom Seed Saving Handbook: Your Personal Survival Seed Bank by Danny Gansneder

  • Seedswap by Josie Jeffery

Useful Websites



A wonderful source of information, try typing 'seed saving' or 'plant breeding' into the search for an overview or specify a particular type of plant. Be suspicious of any video that fails to mention cross pollination

In Our Hands

All change begins with a story and In Our Hands is the story of the farmers who, through hope, hard-graft and sheer bloody mindedness are refusing to be victims of history. This one hour documentary takes you on a journey across the fields of Britain, past the orchards of forgotten fruit and through the fields of ancient grains. The film reveals both the wisdom of the old and the innovations of the young, who are bringing back the worm to the soil, the ‘culture’  to ‘agriculture,’ and the flavour to the tomato! We stand on a brink, the swallows are departing, but the future of this land is still In Our Hands.

In Our Hands Film -  website to get the film or see the trailer

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Seeds: the Untold Story

'As many irreplaceable seeds near extinction, Seed reveals the harrowing and heartening story of passionate seed keepers as they wage a David and Goliath battle against chemical seed companies, defending a 12,000 year food legacy.'

This film is available on Amazon Prime, you have to pay £3.99, but its worth it, especially if you can sharing a screening with friends.

How to save seeds from "easy" vegetables and wild flowers Bristol’s well loved permaculture activist, Mike Feingold will be talking about how to save seed and why this is important. Mike has been at the centre of Bristol’s practical permaculture community for many years. He runs a thriving community orchard at Royate Hill, where he also has his own allotment.

Mike teaches on the Shift Bristol permaculture course and co- ordinates large teams of volunteers every year to run practical permaculture areas at festivals including Glastonbury Festival.

He’s also involved in redistributing unwanted food to communities in need across the city.

Mike’s talk will focus on seed saving from ‘easy’ vegetables, as well as saving wild seed. He’ll also touch on the politics of seed saving.

Mark De'Lisser

Often taking inspiration from the natural environment, poet Mark De’Lisser weaves words that explore the ever shifting tides of the human experience. 


Born in London and now settled in Bath, Mark has written professional commissions for the Bath Abbey and Roots Allotment, and regularly collaborates with musicians.

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