Produce Your Own Seeds!

Legumes and seed sovereignty



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Event hold on the 15th of September 2022, from 17:00 to 18:00 CEST

Come September, it is time to select which seeds to keep. The best looking pods we have saved from harvest to let them fully mature and then carefully dry them for the next season. We might look for the biggest and strongest ones, but why not give those peas a chance that were the first or the last ones to flower. An interesting crossbreed, a weird shape or peculiar colour may have attracted our attention and curiosity. This is the innovative moment in the garden’s wheel of life! Preserving and cultivating the diversity of legumes is a local and regional exercise of exchange both of seeds and information about them.

Where can I find seeds of heirloom varieties? How can I preserve my own seeds in the garden? How do seed banks, associations and seed producers work to preserve legume diversity? The Global Bean September monthly meeting invited participants to join the people behind the seeds of the legumes we’re growing and eating! To get inspired and empowered to use more of the diversity of legumes!

Our guest speakers:

  • Ivana Petrović („Frame of life“): Perspective of a community seed bank
  • Jorge Baptista (Living Seeds): Breeding peas and broad beans with an increased drought tolerance
  • Magdalena Aigner (Arche Noah): Participatory breeding and maintaining numerous bean varieties
  • Patrick Kaiser (Tatgut/Genbänkle): Multiplying and selling heirloom variety seeds

Also in our meeting:

>>>How to Become a legume seed multiplicator! An article by Nicolas Carton on why and how to multiply your legumes.