Irish Seed Savers Association

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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, Co.Clare in 1996.
ISSA now have an eight hectare site in Co. Clare with purpose built facilities. We have a seed bank containing in excess of 600 rare and endangered vegetable varieties. We also have native woodland, an apple orchard and nursery. There are presently three Richel polytunnels and one greenhouse. Recently we were donated a container which is being converted into a special room for seed drying.

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.
Research Projects: Irish Seed Savers Association has been involved in a variety of research projects over the last 15 years and research into apples, plums, grains and vegetables are ongoing. We are particularly proud of the Education Project, which is aimed at educating the young in the importance of biodiversity. For a list of workshops click here
Seed Bank: Our latest project is the construction of a new Seed Bank which will include a seed drying tunnel and a viewing will area. The processing area will have a dehumidifying room, a packing and sealing room, a long term freezer facility, a small laboratory and a seed stock room. Please click here to donate to our seed bank fund.

Click here to find out more about our Apple, Grain and Native Tree preservation projects.

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There are numerous ways that you can support us. Opportunities include volunteering, donating and fundraising or by simply visiting our café, shop and gardens! Find out more about events, news and factsheets on our website or contact us.

 

Contact Details
Irish Seed Savers Association,seed 2
Capparoe,
Scarriff,
County Clare,
Ireland.

Opening Hours
Tuesday-Saturday 9.30am-4.30pm

General Enquiries: info@irishseedsavers.ie
Sales Enquiries: sales@irishseedsavers.ie                                         Sample collection from the Seed Bank at Scarriff

Tel 061 921856/921866
Intl +353 61 921866 or +353 61 921856

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