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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, September 15 2018 6:25 AM UTC +00:00

About

We want to make a stronger connection from seed to plate by growing heirloom seeds and collaborating around growing and saving our common seed heritage - our future food. A link between urban and rural; seed gardener and chef. Through workshops and gardening programs we hope to gather curious chefs, farmers, researchers, seedsavers and citizens in activities that contribute to a greater edible biodiversity.

The story of seed farming
In the last 60 years, local seed production has been non-existent when it comes to the kitchen garden seeds, the foundation of a diverse food production. The small and medium sized vegetable seed companies have merged. Now, the market is based mainly on 27 vegetable varieties and export, not on local seed production. Same movement is seen from a global perspective.

Locally grown seeds easy adapts to climate changes and many heirloom varieties are more robust than the modern varieties. They have usually been bred to be tasty and robust instead of long lasting and shiny on the supermarket shelfs.

As people become increasingly aware of the importance of the state of our planet and the sustainability of the environment the importance of organic, local seeds has also increased.

A massive loss of edible biodiversity!
Unfortunately, many of the old varieties have disappeared. We did not grow them and therefore they disappeared — our common seed heritage, the diversity that gives us the possibility to save what we have and continue the legacy of our ancestors - to make new healthy and delicious varieties adapted to the local climate.

The edible diversity - all the different vegetables, that we know of, have been developed for thousands of years, from its wild relatives. From the wild beach cabbage to all cabbage types etc. We want diversity on our plates in the future - nice and healthy food, grown from seeds that are grown clean and organic and without patenting them. For us, nature and cultivated nature is for everybody.

 What can we do?
Copenhagen Seeds is yet a small seed company, founded in 2015 in a small seed garden in Copenhagen. It takes time to multiply a little handfull of heirloom seeds, but we strongly believe that even though we are small, we work hard and are confident that our work is a part of the change - that we can change something together with our collaborators. Our mission is to support in situ conservation of organic, biodynamic and old varieties, through propagation, sale and sharing of knowledge about cultivation, harvesting and saving seeds.

What do you get by backing this project?
By backing our work in the seed garden, you take part in the saving of our common seed heritage. If we succeed we will have the possibility to bring the garden to the "next step", growing a larger area and engaging more people in the practical knowledge about the importance of seed saving.

You have different choices of rewards on the list to the right - in every of them, seeds are included. Seed that are grown and packed by us.

Our Collaborators
The Seed Garden is situated at Farm of Ideas established by chef and restaurateur Christian F. Puglisi in 2016. The vision behind the farm is about more than growing great food for restaurants in a sustainable manner. The farm also want to spur dialogue among chefs and farmers that will hopefully lead to productive changes in the way the world grows, distributes and thinks about food. Farm of Ideas is a natural extension of our mindset in The Seed Garden.

Saving seeds at NordGen 
An essential part of the old heirloom vegetable seeds are saved in The Nordic Genetic Resource Centre (NordGen).They are not being grown, and thereby not adapted to current and future climate changes.

We have to grow the seeds to save the seeds. 
Exciting heirloom varieties, that haven't been available for 50 years - we want to make these varieties - peas, kales, edible flowers, turnips, cucumbers etc. available again by multiplying them and get them back into the kitchen gardens again. 

Support us!
In the Seed Garden we offer seed saver workshops and events, and we sell seeds in boxes that are suited to keep your own harvested seeds for next year. Our seed packages are sent in small paper tubes of recycled paper. We hope you will have fun saving your own seeds! The best way to store your own seed harvest. We hope that you will support us, our work and thereby contribute to new varieties, that are great on the plate!

Risks and challenges

There is always a risk when starting up a new project, but we already have the garden site, where we this year made "the pilot garden". We sell organic seeds in the small seed tubes, that you will get by backing this project.

Gardening, weeding and saving seeds takes time and patience. We do not do this alone, but in connection with our collaborators.

Of course the Danish weather can be a challenge and there is also a risk that pests will disturb our production. Luckily the plants we grow are quite robust and adapted to our climate!

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    Pledge DKK 50 or more About $8

    Thank you :-)

    Good karma your way!

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    Seed Collection - 3 lovely varieties

    Receive 3 packages of our seeds.
    Frø are locally grown, organic and true-to-type.
    We have selected 3 of our favorites - vegetables & edible flowers for you, suitable for balcony, backyard and garden.

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    Seed Collection - 7 favorites!

    Receive 7 packages from our seed collection.
    All organic and true-to-type. Here we selected our 7 favorites - vegetables, herbs & edible flowers for you, suitable for balcony, backyard and garden.

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    Preorder seeds from the 2018 harvest!

    Be the first to receive seeds from our 2018 harvest!
    From the new pilot edition of The New Seed Garden on Farm of Ideas. As at the time of writing The Seed Garden is growing very well, lots of seeds! You will be the first to have seeds from this years incredible seed garden!

    Off course all organic and true-to-type.

    We send you minimum 5 seed packages as soon as this years harvest is done, dried and packed in november and december.

    In addition you receive a digital booklet with growing instructions.

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    Pledge DKK 300 or more About $46

    Signed book + 3 Seed packages

    Receive a signed example of the book 'Dyrk din by' (DK) by founder of Copenhagen Seeds, Signe Voltelen, written together with Marie Hertz (Birkemosegaard Kitchen), farm based chef, gardener and writer & Mette Helbæk (Stedsans in the Woods), chef, stylist and writer.

    In this book you will receive inspiration, cultivation tips and recipes for the year's different seasons.

    + 3 packages of our seeds.
    Frø are locally grown, organic and true-to-type.
    We have selected some of our favorite vegetables and edible flowers for you, suitable for balcony, backyard and garden.

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    Pledge DKK 500 or more About $76

    Seed Collection - Abundance Garden

    Receive our special edition Abundance Kitchen Garden Selection of seeds + digital booklet with growing and seed harvesting instructions.

    We have chosen 15 different kinds of lovely seeds that we hope fulfills your dreams of a flowering, healthy and home grown kitchen garden of abundance! Our seeds are organic and true-to-type.

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    Pledge DKK 1,000 or more About $152

    Seed Garden Sponsorship

    Become a Seed Garden Sponsor. Save the heirloom seeds and get your name or logo on our website - besides a warm thank you from our hearts:-)

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    Pledge DKK 14,000 or more About $2,132

    MANFREDS Lunch for 25 + Seed Garden Walk

    We offer you a special treat!

    We invite your group on a guided tour around the Seed Garden & Farm of Ideas followed by a 5 course lunch made by the famous restaurant Manfreds in Copenhagen.

    Manfreds focuses on rustic-style cooking using modern techniques and highest quality raw materials and of the produce from The Farm of Ideas.

    In addition your group or company becomes a sponsor of the garden with your name or logo on our website.

    This reward has a maximum of 25 persons per event. Details of time and place will be agreed later. Transportation is not included.

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Funding period

- (30 days)