Reclaim the Seeds online on March 20 & 21 2021
Due to Corona we had to cancel the seed fairs in Amsterdam an Frederiksoord (in Drenthe) last year. But we will have to sow, plant and eat! So we started again. This year there will be an online Reclaim the Seeds.
We are working on a programme with lectures and an online possibility to swap seeds, seedlings and cuttings. Updates about this online seed festival you will be able to find on the website of Reclaim the Seeds Amsterdam. Here will be explained how you can participate.
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.
21 & 22 maart - Amsterdam (online)
In the weekend of March 20-21 Reclaim the Seeds Amsterdam is organising a seed fair. But this year it will be online! This will maybe not be as nice a real life event. Spontaneous meetings will be harder, there will be less entertainment and you will have to arrange your own snacks and drinks. But also during a pandemy the exchange of vegetable seeds, seedlings and information about a sustainable, social food system is very important. Both protest and the local production of food are crucial. So we continue!
There will be a digital programme. For last years edition that had to be cancelled we had organised a nice list of stalls for the market and an interesting programme with lectures, workshops and excursions. Although things will be different online, this years programme is based on the same topics and people of last year.
We are also working on a way to make the seed exchange possible. You can expect an online forum in which people looking for seed varieties can find the people offering them. The de Fruittuin van West will offer a space where people can bring and collect their exchanged seeds, seedlings and cuttings in the weeks after the Reclaim the Seeds weekend. But participants can also decide to hand over the swapped seeds elsewhere or send them by post.
As soon as there is more information knows about the speakers and the rest of the programme you will be able to find this on the the website of Reclaim the Seeds Amsterdam. On this site you will also be able to subscribe for the seed festival.
Time: both days from 11.00 till 18.00 (under reservation)
Price: a donation
Would you like to help with this online edition? We are still looking for people. Some digital knowledge could be useful, but also for people without there will be some tasks you can help with, both before and during the festival! More information about volunteering you can find on www.reclaimtheseeds-amsterdam.nl/vrijwilligers.
As soon we have information about other online of offline seed fairs in 2021 we will add them to this page.
We send out about four newsletters each year to update people about the seed fairs and other developments related to seed saving, seed regulations and campaigns against the power of large seed companies. It you would like to receive this newsletter, please let us know by sending us an email.
Last year there have been Reclaim the Seeds events in Leuven, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. A report in English is lacking, you take a look at the report in Dutch though. From the seed fair in Nijmegen in 2017 you can read the report in English:
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!