Reclaim the Seeds 2018: From Rotterdam via Amsterdam to Leuven
We are pleased to invite you to Rotterdam (BlueCity) on Saturday the 24th of February. Here there will be the large seed fair where gardeners and farmers can swap and sell their self saved seeds. This are often special heirloom, local and/or rare seeds. At the same time there will be a programme with lectures and workshops.
A week later, on March 3-4, a regional Reclaim the Seeds festival will take place at the Fruittuin van West in Amsterdam.
On Saturday March 10 Velt is organising a Reclaim the Seeds festival in Leuven in Flanders. The same day you could also go to Groningen for a seedfair organised by the Noordelijk Zadennetwerk.
Soon more information in English about the programmes will be published on this website. For now you can have a look at the pages in Dutch. And below you can find some information about the event last March in Nijmegen.
A succesful 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!