- The official French catalog of species and vegetable varieties
- For free and reproducible seeds
- What are the rights of the amateur gardener on his seeds?
Today, it is possible to find modern, but also ancient, rare and forgotten species and vegetable varieties that are part of our plant genetic heritage: by growing them in your garden, you not only discover exceptional aromas and flavors but you also contribute to the safeguarding of these forgotten varieties... a whole ethics, actually...
The official French catalog of species and vegetable varieties
Contrary to what the freedom of the garden might suggest, seeds are extremely regulated, especially if they have the ambition to be marketed.
At European level, all varieties must be registered in the official catalog in order to be marketed.
It should be known that the regulation concerning seeds is very complex, framed by decrees rather than laws, which does not make it possible to clarify the rules at national and European level, sometimes superimposed. To obtain more legal information on seeds, ask the Farmers Seed Network, which works in particular on the protection of farmers 'seeds, as well as the scientific and legal recognition of farmers' practices of seed production and exchange. of plants.
For free and reproducible seeds
According to the non-profit association, founded in 1999, Kokopelli, for the release of semen and humus, the official catalog is limiting of "varieties" and helps to reduce biodiversity by imposing standards of "distinction, homogeneity, stability "(DHS) that have no legitimacy. Especially since there is almost no creation of new varieties that enrich biodiversity because modern varieties are just clones (not varieties).
Of course, behind these catalogs and regulations that lock seeds is the seed industry, whose interests are enormous.
Kokopelli has a collection of organic, free and reproducible organic seeds from which you can order the seeds you want. The association dreams of a community of gardeners and peasants who could share seeds that are not certified, unregistered, non-compliant, untreated, non-irradiated, uncatalogued, in short "seeds full of life force and love to the image of seeds sown by peasants for thousands of years ". And we can not fault him, especially considering our cabin gardener!
Be careful however, Kokopelli does not have the monopoly of free seeds, there are many small independent seed producers all over France and elsewhere, peasant seed exchange networks, seed exchange platforms like Seeds of barter, associations of gardeners, inquire to find near you!
What are the rights of the amateur gardener on his seeds?
Since the hobby gardener is not intended to commercialize his production, he can produce all his seeds himself, and he is therefore entitled to cultivate varieties not listed in the Catalog. He can also trade his seeds. It allows to preserve its autonomy.
The cultivation of its own seed carrier is the same as that of vegetables, taking just a few extra precautions:
- Choose the most vigorous feet, not diseased or invaded by pests or parasites, whose production was according to the variety,
- Select several seed holders and mix the seeds to avoid large disparities,
- Do not grow F1 seed carriers because mixing genetic characteristics will result in decreased degeneration and fertility,
- Start your seed production on self-pollinated varieties, that is to say that the fertilization is done within the same flower, without it having to be fertilized manually: you will only have to recover the seeds. seeds. Beans, tomatoes, peas, peppers, eggplants, lettuce, lettuce are some vegetables on which you can test!