Kildare Town Community Garden is among ten community garden groups awarded a place on the Community Seed Guardian Programme. The announcement was made recently by the Irish Seed Savers Association.
The community gardens will be provided with training and mentoring in seed growing and seed saving with experienced facilitators, learning the steps to enhance seed supply for community gardeners around the island, without having to rely on food seed imports to grow their own food.
According to Irish Seed Savers, training community growing groups to grow and save their own food seed will increase access to seed availability and create greater community engagement with the full food supply from seed to plate.
This training and mentoring programme for communities across Ireland to grow and save their own food seed was developed with funding received through Rethink Ireland’s Innovate Together programme and Community Foundations Ireland.
Kildare Tidy Towns took to social media to remark that “Kildare Town Community Garden are delighted to be awarded a place on Irish Seed Savers Community Seed Guardian Programme. This programme will take place over the coming 6 months to help us develop #communityseed resilience for now and future years. Thanks to Rethink Ireland and Community Foundations Ireland for their support of this programme. Thank you to Georgina and Emma for making the application and making the grade.”
The Irish Seed Savers Association has been operating since 1991; originating from an ambitious effort to create a central store of food crop seeds and fruit trees where none had previously existed, its work to date has been to research and protect rare, heritage and naturalised open pollinated food crop seeds and fruit trees on its 20-acre farm in Clare.
Curating the country’s public seed bank of 600 varieties of heritage seed and the country’s 180 varieties of heritage apple trees, its work has expanded over the years to include an education and outreach remit.