This year, Seedy Sunday is on the 4th of February, at Brighton Open Market from 9am to 4.30pm. It’s free entry, though donations are welcome. You don’t need to have seeds to swap – you can donate 50p per packet instead.
Seedy Sunday holds a special place in the hearts of Brighton and Hove residents who love green spaces and gardening. The annual event was founded back in 2001 to help people to grow healthy, successful crops and plants which will thrive in local growing conditions. It’s grown since then to embrace themes of enhancing nature and encouraging wildlife and biodiversity in our local area.
Infinity Food Cooperative has been sponsoring Seedy Sunday since the very beginning. They sat down with Kate Harrison, the current Chair of the Seedy Sunday organising committee to find out more about this year’s event.
Photo credit: Visions of Soon
What’s different about Seedy Sunday this year?
One of the biggest changes this year is that Seedy Sunday is free! This is partly because we are at the Brighton Open Market this year, but it also wouldn’t be possible without Infinity Foods’ generous sponsorship. The other big change is our relationship with the Brighton Open Market. We’re really working together as partners. They’re managing the booking of the stalls and bringing their magic to organising the event. They run regular markets, so they have the experience. One of the other great things about being at Brighton Open Market is that many of their regular food stalls and cafes will be open on the day, such as Smorls Vegan Cafe and the Flying Saucer.
What’s staying the same?
The giant seed swap remains at the heart of our event. Unlike a lot of seed swaps, we open the event with thousands of packets of seeds, a huge variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers. We can only do this with your sponsorship! And the dedicated work of our Seedy Sunday committee working in the background to save their own seeds and pack up the seeds we buy in bulk. People can come with their own seeds to swap, or they can donate 50p per packet of seeds. Come early to get the best variety!
There will also be lots of familiar stalls – there will be seed potatoes for sale, and regular stallholders like Brighton and Hove Organic Gardening Group, Brighton Permaculture Trust, Berkson Bakes and Thomas Etty seeds, to name a few.
We’re also delighted to be welcoming Sussex Surplus back, serving hot food, hot drinks, and cakes.
Packet of seeds
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Seedy Sunday volunteers
Photo Credit: Jimpix photography
What else should people look out for?
We’re excited to be welcoming Infinity Foods as one of our speakers for our series of talks throughout the day. This is the first time we’ve had you as a speaker! I’m excited to hear George Sauverin from Infinity in conversation with Rosa Farber and Toos Jeuken from Laines Organic Farm. They farm biodynamically and organically, and I’m interested to hear about their methods. The talks are £3 each to cover costs. They’re selling fast, but there are still a few tickets for Laines Organic Farm and our local Gardeners’ Question Time on our Eventbrite page
What do you love most about Seedy Sunday?
I enjoy so much about the event, it keeps me in touch with the seasons, and feels like the start of the gardening year. But I think it’s the volunteers I love most. They’re so enthusiastic and full of welcoming wisdom for new gardeners. They love the event too – and their gift of an Infinity Foods goody bag, and free tea and cakes from Sussex Surplus!
Stay in touch
Keep an eye on this website for the latest updates and if you’d like to get in touch. We’d love it if you’d follow and promote the event on social media too – we’re on Facebook, Instagram and X (Twitter).
Be inspired for the gardening year at Seedy Sunday!