Why are growing numbers of people choosing to buy seeds from Irish seed savers?

The ethos here at Irish Seed Savers Association, is to conserve and distribute wonderful rare and heritage varieties, as well as to encourage the skills of saving your own seed and empowering people to do this in their own gardens, small holdings or farms.

All of our seeds are grown and saved in Ireland and are Open Pollinated which allows you to save your own seeds from them, keeping the variety true to type. By choosing Irish Seed Savers’ Open Pollinated Seeds you contribute to keeping food security in your own hands and Irish agricultural biodiversity alive and vibrant.

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  • Sweet yellow fruit, more cherry-sized than currant. Vigorous cordon plants. Goes back to the 1900’s when it was originally found growing through a crack in the pavement in an American city. Very good variety for outdoor cultivation, showed excellent blight resistance and gave a good sweet crop very late into the autumn. Certified Organic
  • A heritage variety from Russia. Productive and early fruiting bush. The fruit are medium sized and round, ripening to a deep golden yellow/ amber, mild and sweet. Certified Organic
  • Bi-colour orange/yellow streaked red beefsteak like fruits, though range in size, medium-large. Incredibly beautiful and have sweet, utterly delicious meaty flesh with low acidity. Very, very productive continuing to fruit well into late Autumn. Old American heirloom from West Virginia dating from the 1880’s. Certified Organic
  • This unusual tomato came to us from a seed saving community in Portugal. The name literally is ‘the Black French Guy’. A striking fruit to look at, the fruit is oval in shape and has an amazing dark red colour, with darker shoulders, medium sized and absolutely ideal for cooking delicious sauces. A cordon type and healthy cropper too. Certified Organic
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    A Russian heirloom variety. The large fruits are unique looking, dark red-purple, juicy and have a rich sweet flavour. Popular variety for many chefs.
  • This is a very rare variety coming from the Amish people of Pennsylvania. A cordon, the fruit is slightly plum shaped, medium sized, pink/red, giving many trusses full of fruit. They have a lovely fresh sweet but tangy flavour. Excellent sliced for salads, but good cooked too. Certified Organic
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    An unusual variety with cherry-type fruit dressed in appealing, earthy brown skins. More than a novelty - the fruits have very good flavour and are semi-sweet and juicy. Indeterminate vines that are sturdy and uniform. Produces over a long season. Certified Organic
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