Organic Certification for Professional organic producers, processors and distributors
If you are interested in converting your holding to organic production or in processing, retailing or distributing a product to be labelled as ‘organic’, then follow this link for 5 easy steps and your application will be underway.
The Organic Trust is the centre of excellence when it comes to organic inspection and certification in Ireland. The very broad range of organic technical expertise available within our organisation is at your service.
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food offers a range of financial incentives to assist those interested in getting involved in organic production. In addition capital grants are available for the purchase of specific equipment
The general principle of producing organic food requires that seed and vegetative propagating material produced by the organic production method be used. Due to the unavailability of certain seeds within the European Union, it may be possible to use seed and vegetative propagating material that is not produced by the organic production method.
In Ireland, two private inspection bodies (i.e. Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association and the Organic Trust Limited) give the required formal permission to the producer to use seed and vegetative propagating material that has not been produced by the organic production method. Producers should ensure that the prior approval of the inspection body is obtained before using such seeds.
A database has been developed for users showing the seed and vegetative propagating material that is registered and available here in Ireland.
The database is available here - Department of Agriculture and Food
OrganicXseeds is an organic seed database for Europe. The organisation responsible for the database is FiBL (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture) in Switzerland, in cooperation with SA(Soil Association) and NIAB in England, AIAB in Italy, the LBI (Lois Bolk Institut) and the Stichting Zaadgoed in Holland and the German working group ALOG.
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 in 1996.We were very fortunate to have the help of Dr. Keith Lamb who had conducted the original research into native Irish apples in the 1940s and Dr. Michael Hennerty former head of the Department of Horticulture in University College Dublin who has continued to provide wisdom and expertise. In 1996 the project moved to its present site in Scariff and in 1997 a FAS community employment scheme developed by Bridget Carlin secured employment for many staff.
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.
Irish Seed Savers Association,
Tel 061 921856/921866
Intl +353 61 921866 or +353 61 921856
Organically certified seeds - grass seed mixtures; clover blends; forage crops (kale, mustard, winter forage mixture).
Independent Seed Co Ltd.,
See their website for our extensive range of organic seeds.
Organic seeds from Vitalis (see below) hobby + commercial supplies.
agents for Enza Saaden , Holland
Organic seeds of wide range of vegetable + herbs. hobby + small commercial supplies.
agents for Chase Organics Ltd.,
Hersham, Surrey KT12 4RG
About 50 different vegetable seeds - mainly from Allerleirauch and other biodynamic suppliers on the continent hobby + commercial supplies.
Organic seeds of 13 different vegetable species commercial supplies.
De Lier, Holland,
via agent Acseed Ltd,
The Herb Garden is a Certified Organic Herb Nursery, producing over 140 varieties of Certified Organic Herb Seed.
Organically certified seed available for sale.
In addition to the above we also have stocks of Combicrops and Arable Silages.
Please visit our website for details http://www.westernseeds.com
Organically certified seeds available. Cereals, Forage, Fodder Crops, Green Manures, Protein Crops and Vegetable Seeds.
Letham Road EH41 4NN
0044 1620 823305
Organic potatoes + shallots, garlic and onion sets.
Bindon Home Farm,
Somerset TA21 0RU
00 44 1823 401500
All the main vegetable varieties in our Catalogues, still specialising in beans and herbs and continuing to grow these in large numbers.
161 Chapel Street,
Wiltshire BA12 7LU
A joint Soil Association/ NIAB initiative with links to organic seed suppliers
100 page catalogue with flower, herb and vegetable seeds. Certified organic by a recognised French inspection body.
Small range of vegetable + herb seeds from the continent (same varieties as Hild).
Poulton le Fylde,
Lancs. FY6 7HX,
00 44 1253 883809
Organic herbs, flowers, wildflowers, vegetables, tools, sundries etc.
Essex CO5 9PG
Fax: 01376 571189
Biodynamic seeds - mainly imported from Ekkarthof/ Switzerland and Bingenheim, Germany, some grown in N. Yorkshire hobby + small commercial supplies.
Stormy Hall Farm,
N. Yorkshire Y021 2NJ,
00 44 1287 661375
Fax: 00 44 1287 661369
Organic vegetable and flower seed, herbs, grasses, mixtures, crop protection, starter plants, books and pamphlets, tools, sundries.
Riverdene Business Park,
Surrey KT12 4RG
Fax: 01932 252707
Organic seeds of 30 different vegetable + herb species, onion sets, garlic, potatoes hobby + small commercial supplies.
00 44 1822 618765
Organic and veg seeds.
St Marthe Export Service:
BP77 F-78490 Montfort L’Amaury
00 33 13486 7943
Fax: 00 33 13486 9790
Distributor of more than 60 varieties of certified vegetable organic seeds. Also >700 varieties of vegetable, regular seeds, many of them untreated. For market growers.
ZI La Chatelaine,
fax: +33 / 4.50.95 54 71
Distributor for over 100 Biodynamic vegetable seed produced in Germany - mainly marketed by Allerleirauch / Organic Centre.
Organic vegetable seeds of 30 different species. Assortment for South and North Europe. Quality seeds for professional growers and hobby gardeners.
00 49 7144 847311
More than fifteen years in organic seed production.
Enter Bejo’s world during the company’s annual Open Days, which this year take place in the Dutch town Warmenhuizen from Tuesday 24 September until Saturday 28 September 2013. Every year thousands of visitors from all over the world come to the company’s head office in Warmenhuizen to meet one another, exchange knowledge and learn all about the latest developments in the vegetable sector.
New this year will be an “organic route”, which will guide visitors on a tour of the company’s organic demonstration field and interesting trials such as non-inversion tillage, ridge cultivation of onions and beetroot, and a leek trial involving a herb that deters insects. Guided tours in the company’s warehouse shows Bejo’s new packaging department for organic seed.
Vegetable varieties and mechanisation
During its open days, Bejo will be showing its vegetable varieties in the standard and organic demonstration field. There, visitors will be able to admire new varieties alongside Bejo’s current range. Many of the varieties were planted at different times.
As in previous years, Bejo has invited several companies to participate in the mechanisation exhibition The exhibitors will be presenting their latest innovations, varying from fully automatic planting machines and camera-controlled hoeing techniques to harvesting machines and lines for processing harvested crops. Companies specialising in storage technology and crop care will also be exhibiting.
Subject to the right conditions, there will be demonstrations of planting machines and mechanical weed-control techniques. Visitors will also be able to see a mechanical cabbage harvester in action. Machines for processing harvested produce will also be proving their worth at various stalls.
Introduction of Coolwrap and Léttage
Bejo is introducing two new cabbage concepts this year. The name ‘Coolwrap’ has been given to square leaves of a flat white cabbage with a mild flavour specifically selected for use as wraps, in sushi or as parts of healthy sandwiches. The second concept is ‘Léttage’, covering a selection of cabbage varieties with a mild, sweet flavour. Cabbage is a very nutritious vegetable that remains crisp for a long time. This makes Léttage particularly suitable for healthy, tasty salads. “These concepts are our way of meeting the growing demand for tasty, healthy vegetables that can be easily prepared,” says Perry Kuilboer, Bejo’s sales manager for the Benelux. “Varieties of these concepts can be seen in our demonstration field, but visitors will also be able to taste them, along with our healthy purple sprouting broccoli and curly kale varieties, in the delicious snacks that will be prepared during our cooking demonstrations.”
The Open Days will take place at Trambaan 1 in Warmenhuizen from Tuesday 24 September until Saturday 28 September, from 9 am until 5 pm (on Saturday until 4 pm). You can notify your contact person at Bejo of your intended visit.
For more information go to http://www.bejo.com
+31 (0)6 514 405 27
+31 (0)226 396 162
Long established biodynamic seed producer with about 35 vegetable species + herbs commercial quantities.
7383 RG Voorst NL,
00 31 575 502648,
Fax: 00 31 575 502987
Wide range of vegetable and herb seeds certified by AIAB.
33050 Mortegliano (Ud),
00 39 0432 760442,
Fax: 00 39 0432 761665
Genesis Seeds produce 350 varieties of organic seeds - flowers, herbs, medicinal herbs and vegetables, certified by IFOAM, NOP (USDA) and PPIS (Israel).
N.B. seeds from outside the EU must comply with the relevant phytosanitary requirements
10 Plaut Street,
Weizmann Science Park,
00 972 8 931 8966
Established Biodynamic Seed producer with wide variety of seeds hobby + small commercial supplies.
Range not known.
1573 Wilson Ct.,
00 1 888 709-SEED (7333)
Co-operatively owned since 1958. Hybrid and open-pollinated seed corn.
3820 North 56th Street,
PO Box 4739,
Lincoln NE 68504
1800 279 7999
Range not known.
PO Box 444,
Salt Spring Island,
BC V8K 2W1
Since 1879 Harris Seeds has carried high quality products for gardeners and growers, now including vegetable and flower seeds.
355 Paul Road,
P.O. Box 24966,
Established organic seed producer/trader - wide variety of organic vegetable, herb, flower seeds - grown to Oregon Tilth Organic Standard (EU acceptance needs to be established).
PO Box 15700,
Fax: 00 1 505 438 7052
Organic seeds are generally in shorter supply than with conventional varieties - early ordering recommended !!
While care has been taken to ensure the correctness of above information, we cannot take responsibility for errors or omissions. The presence of a seed supplier in the above list does not mean that all their seeds are certified organic. It is the responsibility of each symbol holder to make sure that seeds supplied conform with the relevant Production Standards.