Dr Vandana Shiva with Círculos de Sementes - Circles of Seeds, inspiring Seed Defenders from Portugal and part of The Global Movement for Seed Freedom

Dr Vandana Shiva with Círculos de Sementes – Circles of Seeds, inspiring Seed Defenders from Portugal and part of The Global Movement for Seed Freedom

 

 

 

 

This project began on the 14th October 2012 following an international appeal by Navdanya to join hands for Seed Freedom globally.


In response, we organised a seed workshop in Évora, Portugal.

We decided that we must act without delay.

We searched a little bit and…

To meet the urgent need to rescue at least some of our country’s existing traditional seed, and share vital seeds knowledge, we put together the concept of Seed Circles with the idea of  a living seed bank.

And the result…

CIRCLES OF SEEDS 

A Circle of Seeds is a very simple idea:

It is to gather a group of friends or neighbours, each of whom commits to grow and save seeds from one or more crops.

Each member selects a crop variety and takes on to sow, tend, harvest, clean, dry and store its seeds.

At the meetings everyone shares their seeds and the information they have on the variety chosen.

AIM OF THIS PROJECT 

– To create a network of Circles of Seeds throughout the country to rediscover, gather and share our national heritage of ancient and traditional seed varieties.

– Share information about Seed Saving and awareness lectures all over the country

On-going activities…

  • The Circles of Seeds Seed Bank
  • The Circles of Seeds Network
  • National gathering every year,  were we celebrate the Seeds, dance, share seeds,  good organic food, free workshops,  …
  • Awareness lectures on the importance of preserving local  seed varieties
  • Free Seed Saving Workshops all over the country
  • Workshops for primary schools – Discovering the Seeds

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2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Activities   |  2016 Activities


WHAT IS NEEDED TO START A CIRCLE?

– A person to organise the Circle
– People interested in seed saving. We suggest no more than 12 people to maintain support, focus and commitment
– Availability to meet on a quarterly basis
– Seed cleaning, stirring and storing items such as bottles and strainers.
Seeds of good quality, if possible local and heirloom
– A vegetable garden
– Field diary for plant species (provided by the Circles Network)

GUIDELINES:
– People need some knowledge of seed harvesting, cleaning and storing of seed
– For groups without this knowledge, the Network offers free advice and workshops
– Priority should be given to traditional seeds but species from other regions can also be cultivated if considered important (eg Stevia)
– Transgenic and hybrid seeds or are not allowed
– The seeds are grown for free exchange. No commercial transactions should be involved
– Each person selects to take care of a plant of their choice; more can be selected if desired
– As much information as possible should be recorded about each variety in the field diary provided by the Circles Network
– Each member commits to share the seeds they have grown with other members of their Circle and with their Circle’s seed bank. In addition, each Circle contributes seeds to the Network Seed Bank
– All Circles are self-organising
– Circle meetings are recommended quarterly
– There will be a national gathering of all Circles at each year
– National Network Meetings are organised by Circles on a rotational basis
– The Network offers free advice, support and onsite workshops. Circles are responsible for
hosting workshop facilitators and covering their travel expenses
-Each circle has a coordinator responsible for liaising with the Circles Network

The Network Seed Bank
The Network Seed Bank will serve to:
– Preserve the diversity of seed
– Be a repository for all Circles
– Provide seeds for new Circles

How it works
– The Circles send their seeds to the Network Seed Bank along with their completed field diaries
– On arrival, each batch of seeds is recorded on a register with all available information
– All Circles have access to the seed register
–  Whenever the Circles need seeds, they request the varieties they want (provided they are available) and return the same variety and amount whenever they can (if possible at the end of the season)
– Postage costs are covered by the Seed Circles requesting seeds
– All batches of seed sent to Circles are accompanied by a record
– People outside the Network may also request seeds in exchange for double the yield the following year

To find out more and to register your Seed Circle with the National Network of Seed Circles, please contact:

Email/Contact: circulosdesementes[@]gmail.com
Website: http://circulosdesementes.blogspot.pt/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/C%C3%ADrculos-de-Sementes-Circles-of-Seeds/470210299710379
Contact person name: Frederica
Date/Time Event
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10:00 am
OFICINA DE RECOLHA E CONSERVAÇÃO DE SEMENTES

Moita
Moita
Portugal
Date/Time Event
oficina lisboa 04/03/2017

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Oficina de Recolha e Conservação de sementes

Espaço Anagrama
Lisboa
Portugal
14199328_1173190219412380_1662108119823450820_n 11/09/2016

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
OFICINA DE RECOLHA E CONSERVAÇÃO DE SEMENTES

MORA
Mora
Portugal
fb12390969_1001418046589599_3439020361463231799_n (2) 17/08/2016

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Oficina de recolha e conservação de sementes- Boom Festival

Idanha a Nova
Idanha-a-Nova
Portugal
P1350749 16/07/2016

2:30 pm
Encontro de Verão, do Círculo de Sementes da Região de Mora

Quinta de São José
Mora
Portugal
12366414_999772460087491_3030326726099666846_n 10/06/2016 - 12/06/2016

All Day
3º ENCONTRO NACIONAL DE CÍRCULOS DE SEMENTES / 3rd NATIONAL GATHERING CIRCLES OF SEEDS

Mora
Mora
Portugal
12321235_1396281877339863_4285603942522490595_n 23/04/2016 - 26/04/2016

9:30 am - 6:00 pm
CURSO PRÁTICO DE AGROECOLOGIA

Quinta de São José
Mora
Portugal
P1360144 13/02/2016

6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Encontro do Circulo de Sementes de Mora - Permapartilha de Saberes e Haveres

Quinta de São José
Mora
Portugal
12553029_719420694859505_8187705753694876392_n 23/01/2016

All Day
2º Encontro do Circulo de Sementes de Palmela-Setúbal

Vila Nogueira de Azeitão
Setubal
Portugal
Capture 20/01/2016

12:00 am
Conversa com agricultores sobre o Pau Roxo

castro verde
castro verde
Portugal
P1240030 09/01/2016

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
1º Encontro de 2016 do Circulo de Sementes da Região de Mora

Mora
Mora
Portugal
1896870_1001418196589584_4763901706238838895_n 19/12/2015

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
OFICINA DE RECOLHA E CONSERVAÇÃO DE SEMENTES

LISBOA
LISBOA
Portugal
11169825_885286874869384_3539951151783553683_n 12/12/2015

All Day
ENCONTRO- AJUDADA DO CIRCULO DE SEMENTES DA REGIÃO DE MORA PERMA-PARTILHA DE SABERES E HAVERES

Mora
Mora
Portugal
06/12/2015

10:00 am
OFICINA de SEMENTES

Palmela
Baixa de Palmela
Portugal
22/11/2015

All Day
3º Encontro do Circulo de Sementes Dente de Leão

Moita
Moita
Portugal
10/10/2015

All Day
8 Encontro do Círculo de Sementes do Barlavento Algarvio

Barão de São João.
Barão de São João
Portugal
P1300658 08/10/2015 - 15/10/2015

All Day
Visita a pequenos agricultores

dharamkot
dharamkot
India
m 03/10/2015

All Day
Circulo de Sementes da Região de Mora

Foros de Vale Figueira
Foros de Vale Figueira
Portugal
Como-fazer-Bombas-de-Sementes-em-Casa 02/10/2015 - 16/10/2015

All Day
Action for Living Seeds
18/07/2015

All Day
1º Encontro do Circulo de Sementes Dente de Leão

Mata da Machada
Barreiro
Portugal
06/06/2015 - 01/09/2015

All Day
SeedFunding
16/05/2015 - 17/05/2015

All Day
Oficina de Recolha e Conservação de Sementes e 1º Encontro do Circulo de Sementes Bela Luz

Viana do Alentejo
Viana do Alentejo
Portugal
11001940_854682734596465_316882366387180061_n 23/02/2015

9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Oficina de Recolha e Conservação de Sementes na Escola Superior Agrária de Beja

Escola Superior Agrária de Beja
Beja
Portugal
14/02/2015

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Encontro de Fevereiro do Circulo de Sementes da Região de Mora

Quinta de São José
Mora
Portugal
10/01/2015

6:00 pm - 9:45 pm
1º Encontro de 2015 do Circulo de Sementes da Região de Mora está a chegar

Mora
Mora
Portugal
1743596_563476070449501_9106221401345499407_n 22/11/2014

9:30 am - 5:15 pm
6º Encontro do Círculo de Sementes do Barlavento Algarvio

Monte do Pisco
Barão de São Miguel
Portugal
10533126_793085724089500_9042994203216759807_n 31/10/2014

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Oficina de Bolinhas de Sementes / Seed Balls Workshop

Lisboa – escola dos corucheus
Lisboa
Portugal
campo 26/10/2014

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
5º Encontro das Sementes Locais no CAMPO

Campo, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal
Campo
Portugal
11/10/2014

3:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Oficina de Recolha, Selecção, Colheita e Conservação de Sementes

Quinta de São José
Mora
Portugal
04/10/2014

10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Workshop Hortas Sustentáveis em pequenos espaços

Carnide
CARNIDE
Portugal