Irish Seed Savers

Irish Seed Savers Association exists as a living testimony to the richness and wealth of the agricultural legacy of our ancestors. Irish Seed Savers Association was founded by Anita Hayes in 1991. The work was initially done on a small farm in Co. Carlow before moving to Capparoe, Scarriff in 1996.

Through the hard work of staff, volunteers and the generosity of subscribers and friends of Irish Seed Savers we have grown steadily since that time.

Irish Seed Savers Association achievements to date include

  • The creation of the Native Apple Collection containing over 140 distinct varieties
  • The creation of the Native Irish Grain Collection with 48 varieties
  • The establishment of a Seed Bank containing more than 600 rare and endangered vegetable varieties
  • The establishment of a Native Brassica Collection
  • The creation of a Native Broadleaf Woodland and Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Extensive areas of beautifully landscaped seed gardens and peaceful orchards which are open to the public
  • Establishment of a colony of hives of Native Black Bee
  • Maintenance of a separate living malus (apple) gene bank helping Ireland to meet its obligations in the area of conservation and sustainable use of Plant Genetic Resources in Food and Agriculture (PGRFA)
  • A unique orchard of over 33 self rooting varieties of apple trees that require no grafting for propagation. This is probably the largest collection of this type of apple tree in the world
  • The donation of 1% of our earned yearly income to support other organizations with similar aims within Ireland and in the developing world.

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Phone: 061 921866
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