These hands are holding characteristic heads of the rare species of Georgian Zanduri wheat, Triticum timopheevii.
© Hannes Lorenzen
Seeds4All is a census platform aiming to give visibility to all European organisations that collect, enrich, produce, disseminate and sustainably use traditional and new varieties of seeds belonging to the public domain, freely reproducible and not genetically modified.
By presenting a broad range of organisations – NGOs, citizens' initiatives, businesses, formal & informal networks – as well as by exhibiting the number of cultivated plant varieties they keep, Seeds4All wishes to promote this emerging sector, while creating a much needed space for common knowledge and experience sharing.
Seeds4All hopes to become a medium facilitating access to information about seed-swaps and market development
opportunities in Europe; as well as to demonstrate how rich and diverse are the kinds of initiatives dedicated to
preserve agrobiodiversity and how they can learn from each other, in order to grow and be spread everywhere.
From July 10 to 12, the Seeds4All coordination team is gathering several experts and activits committed to the defence of agricultural biodiversity and food sovereigny, on the island of Pellworm, for an informal meeting on seeds and sustainable agriculture.
Hannes Lorenzen, a member of the Seeds4All project, has his origins on this island, off the coast of Germany in the North sea.
Since Hannes participated in the European Cereal Diversity Conference in Kalö, Denmark, where he met the organic cereal breeder Anders Borgen, the idea was born of stimulating young farmers of his home island to produce organic seeds.
He started collaborating with Jan-Gonne Thams, a young organic farmer from Pellworm, who is now cultivating and testing on his farm cereal populations and new organic varieties such as a Swedish rye landrace and more recently Danish wheat populations and new organic wheat varieties from Germany.
Our meeting this summer will be the opportunity to visit his fields as well as exchange on the best breeding and farming practices.
This informal European organic seed gathering will bring together Anders Borgen, Carl Vollenweider, Lucas van den Abeele, Stefan Doeblin, Jan Gonne Thams, Hannes Lorenzen, Adèle Pautrat and interested farmers from the region.
We will be sharing the restitution of our exchanges and visits in August. First, we invite you to discover the specificities and challenges of the Pellworm territory, which has been a hotbed of experimentation in the field of ecological transition since the 1990s.
The Seeds4All platform is meant to grow thanks to the input of the seed distributors themselves.
The criteria to comply with...
If you run or take part in an organisation that meets these principles, you are very welcome to feature it and to contribute to the
support the vision and the development of the Seeds4All initiative that will help to multiply opportunities for cooperation between biodiversity keepers and to highlight the extent of their commitment, which has been legally insecure for too long.
No to the EU Plant Passport!
The campaign for Seed sovereignty in connection with ÖBV Via Campesina and other, started a petition against the EU plan passport obligation, which endangers the preservation of traditional fruit and vegetable varieties.
In case you missed it...
The delegated act specifying the conditions for marketing seed lots from "organic heterogeneous material" has officially been adopted. You'll find the full description of this new marketing regime on the Seeds4All platform.