Irish Seed Savers – Seed Bank

For the month of August Garden Seeds is featuring Irish Seed Savers. Their mission is to preserve Irish heirloom and heritage seeds. Irish Seed Savers Association maintains Ireland’s public seed bank with over 600 varieties of seeds that are not available commercially. Irish Seed Savers also has a project to preserve heritage apple varieties by growing them, in this way they preserve the biodiversity of apple trees in Ireland.
One of Irish Seed Savers Association’s main aims is to raise public awareness about the vulnerability of Irish agricultural biodiversity. They go to schools and community groups and hold workshops. Irish Seed Savers encourages and facilitates liaisons with government departments, universities and gene banks worldwide. As environmental issues and the effects of GMO seeds come more to the forefront in all of our lives, the small efforts of many to save the natural genetic biodiversity of seeds makes a real difference.
Each month Garden Seeds features a heirloom seed company. This month we chose to feature a heirloom seed company from Europe. We chose Irish Seed Savers for several reasons:

  • They contacted us last month to update their information on our site.
  • Our European Heirloom Seed Companies page is the most popular page on our website, after the home page.
  • Last but not least, we at Garden Seeds want to promote organizations that have seed banks and are working to preserve the biodiversity in our heirloom and heritage seeds.

Please see our featured heirloom seed company page for other seed companies we have featured.