2023 Talks programme announced

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Headline speaker for our 21st anniversary is Charles Dowding

We are delighted to be able to have speakers back again, in the comfort of the Brighton Girls Assembly Hall.

Entry to Seedy Sunday is £4 with no additional charge for speakers. Under 18s get in free!

Themes this year include gardening for biodiversity, why we save seeds, and No Dig Gardening. We also have our home-grown Gardeners’ Question Time. Talks will start at 10.30 and run through to 4.00 when the event closes.

10.30 to 11.30 Gardening for Biodiversity with Brighton CSA – Fork and Dig It

Brighton CSA Fork and Dig It is Brighton’s first Community Supported Agriculture; a partnership between farmers and consumers set up in 2011. They are a not-for-profit organisation, promoting, teaching and inspiring small-scale organic agriculture for the local community. Through an agroecological approach to farming, they reconcile communities with local food production and their environment for the common benefit of all. Jools Lawton and the team will give a practical talk on how to garden with nature in mind, encouraging a healthy and diverse range of plants and animals.

12.00 to 1.00: Why save seeds? With Helene Schulze

Helene is part of the collective behind the London Freedom Seed Bank. Formerly working at the Seed Sovereignty Programme, she is doing a PhD exploring the contributions of seeds savers, particularly of migrant heritage, to crop diversity and building more just, resilient and joyful urban food futures.

Helene will discuss the political and social benefits of seed saving, with some practical tips and some inspiring stories from around the world.

1.30 to 2.30 Local Gardeners’ Question Time

Come and discuss your gardening conundrums and share tips and ideas.

Chaired by Kate Harrison from the Seedy Sunday organising committee, the panel will include

3.00 to 4.00 No Dig Gardening with Charles Dowding

Charles Dowding, pioneer of NoDig, a method for time saving organic gardening that grew out of concerns of how to grow healthy nutritious vegetables at a time when levels of toxic chemicals were rising. 

He is now author of over 11 books and runs popular horticultural courses from his farm, Homeacres in Somerset.

Millions of viewers from all over the world know the farm from following Charles learning videos, and his calendar of timings for successful growing.

Here’s what Charles says about his talk

“I will explain and show you the wonderful benefits of working more closely with natural processes. My methods are for intensive vegetable growing, often two plantings every year and with no new application of compost in summer. These underlying principles apply to any kind of gardening. For larger scale farming, you need some modifications!”