Seed exchanges in the spring of 2022
Although some things are still uncertain during this pandemic, it looks like a Reclaim the Seeds will at two locations this spring. The formats are still unclear, but it will be done in a safe way and it will be possible to exchange seeds.
In the weekend of March 19 & 20 it will be possible to swap seeds and Reclaim the Seeds at the Fruittuin van West on the west-side of Amsterdam. Also here the programme is still in progress. Both the lectures and workshops and the seed exchange will mainly take place outside. More information will be published on the website of Reclaim the Seeds Amsterdam.
Velt is organising a seed fair on April 2 in the Flemish village Oedelem. It starts at 10:00 and continues until 17:00. Velt members pay 3 euro entrance fee, others 5. More information about the programme with lectures and workshops will appear on the Velt website soon.
Reclaim the Seeds in 2020 and 2021
Due to Corona we had to cancel the seed fairs in Amsterdam an Frederiksoord (in Drenthe) in 2020.
In 2021 an online version took place. This resulted in a lot of interesting lectures. More about this you can find on the Dutch section of this website. Unfortunately not many seeds have been swapped. Another disadvantage compared to a real live seedfair was that not that many interesting meetings between people took place.
Hopefully in 2022 there will be a lot of interactions and exchanges between gardeners, seed savers and other people.
Reclaim the Seeds is an event during which the exchange of information and seeds is combined with discussions on political themes and practical workshops. The goal is to involve more people in the movement towards agriculture biodiversity and robust, sustainable food production. Reclaim the Seeds contributes directly to this by encouraging the exchange of rare and special varieties.
Reclaim the Seeds began in 2010 as a protest against the new EU seed legislation. Today, the focus is more on resistance against patents on crops and on supporting a climate neutral, 'fossil free' agriculture. The programme also covers other practical, theoretical and political topics related to agriculture.
(old report) A successful Reclaim the Seeds 2017 in Nijmegen and Lent
The annual seed fair took place in De Vasim in Nijmegen on Saturday March 4th. De Vasim is an old spinning mill on the Waal river that now functions as a cultural breeding hub. Come join us in exchanging a wide variety of seeds and cutting as well as ideas, information, and useful skills. We welcome you to bring any seeds or cuttings to exchange along with the myriad of old, local, non-hybrid, and special seeds, bulbs, and cuttings.
During the market there will be talks and workshops about saving seeds, permaculture, seed networks, edible peenial plants, the impact of Bayer/Monsanto and other large seed companies, and other subjects. The overarching theme of the day will be regarding the issues of seed patenting.
The next day, Sunday March 5th, everybody is invited to lend a hand at starting an edible garden in Lent. In this northern part of Nijmegen two ecological communities IEWAN and Eikpunt have recently been completed and now the inhabitants are going to transform most of the public green area to become edible. There will also be some excursions to biodiverse projects in the surroundings.
Reclaim the Seeds is an annual event, each year in a different part of the Netherlands, where exchanging seeds and information is combined with discussions about political themes and practical workshops. It started as a protest against new European seed laws, but now the main goal is to involve more people in the struggle against patents in plants and against the ever increasing power of large agricultural corporations. With the event we contribute to the upkeep of agricultural biodiversity and a robust, sustainable agriculture.
The overarching theme of the day will be regarding the issues of seed patenting. The past 5 editions were a success; many interested people joined in and the workshops and discussions were well attended. Let us reclaim the seeds!