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Irish Seed Savers

Scarriff, Ireland
+353 61 921 866
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I didn't even heard about the Irish Seed Savers before I went there. I met some Irish ladies just a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
claricepacheco
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Recife, PE
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The highest compliment one can pay to a place is to say that it makes one proud to be Irish. This... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2017
stephenjfahy2017
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Galway, Ireland
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We Invite you to visit Irelands Largest Organic Seed Farm & Irish Heritage Orchards Located on 20 beautiful acres in Scariff, East Clare, Ireland Garden Centre & Seasonal Cafe, Children's Trail, Self Guided Tours, Organic Heritage Apple Trees, Irish Grown Organic Heritage,Vegetable Seeds, BIG Workshop Weekends. At Irish Seed Savers we collect, research and protect heirloom vegetable seeds and fruit trees, together with their stories and we carefully bulk up the numbers of the particularly rare varieties and make them available to all. We share our skills and knowledge on seed saving and other sustainable living skills to thousands of children and adults through workshops, courses, camps and outreach programmes. This knowledge and seed base means that Ireland continues to have some control over its future food security in times of continued industrialisation of food and diminishing resources worldwide. Unless we all have the right and the opportunity to grow our own seed, save our own seed and share our seed we don’t have food security. Empowering people to do that and save the heritage and heirloom varieties which grow best in Ireland, is what Irish Seed Savers does best. Irish Seed Savers Association is a charity, set up in 1991 by Anita Hayes in her family home to save Ireland’s heritage and heirloom vegetable seeds, potatoes, grains and fruit trees from extinction. Two decades later, hundreds of volunteers, staff, and friends and have helped us grow into our 20 acre Visitor Centre in Scariff, County Clare. From a trickle of collected seeds and trees we have now saved over 800 varieties of organic, open pollinated heritage seeds in our purpose built National Living Seed Bank. Our extensive orchards hold the native Apple Tree Collection as well as the country’s only Self-Rooting Orchard . We also have over 50 varieties of potatoes, which, given Ireland’s history of the Potato Famine, is a very important part of our history and culture and which occurred due to the devastation caused by potato blight; a virus which continues to devastate potato crops today. Then, almost everyone in Ireland grew only one variety, the Lumper potato, and that variety was destroyed by the blight which led to the Great famine. The Bute variety (grown in County Kerry) survived and saved countless souls. We now know that diversification of varieties prevents famines, but yet the world still suffers from famines and we still don’tlearn.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Scarriff, Ireland
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+353 61 921 866
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I didn't even heard about the Irish Seed Savers before I went there. I met some Irish ladies just a few days before and they told me that they'd take me to some delightful day and we started there. I was amazed with the place....More

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Reviewed 6 December 2017

The highest compliment one can pay to a place is to say that it makes one proud to be Irish. This, I feel, describes the work that Irish Seed Savers do. Essentially, this is Ireland's seed bank holding seeds of countless varieties of plants. Essential...More

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Reviewed 8 August 2017

This large set of gardens is home to Ireland's seed bank, concentrating on varieties which grow in the local climate. It is open to members and non members. anyone with an interest in gardening, apple trees and biodiversity could spent several hours here. Wholesome food...More

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Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

Friendly faces, fab food snd plants and advice aplenty on my recent visit. For anyone with an interest in nature visit the apple orchard and chat to the workers

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Reviewed 29 July 2016

Had long heard of this organisation and was delighted to visit, to wander and to learn. Wear good shoes - lots of grass to walk on and if it is wet your feet will soon feel it!

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Reviewed 5 June 2016

I went to Irish Seed Savers yesterday but have been meaning to go for ages. It was a beautiful day with the sun shining. I loved it! If, like me, you like grass, greenery, being surrounded by nature-you are at home here! It was peaceful...More

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Reviewed 2 August 2015

We were a group of adult learners and tutors from Westport and Castlebar Adult Education, part of Mayo, Sligo & Leitrim Education & Training Board (ETB). The learners had been studying nutrition and health and fitness among other things and were keen to see where...More

1  Thank Clare S
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Reviewed 30 July 2015

Great place to eat and inspiring seed saving gardens. We visited the gardens and ended up eating there as well.

1  Thank Fionnuala S
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Reviewed 26 June 2015

I went here to buy some seeds and spent the whole day walking around the amazing gardens, such a huge range of abundant and unusual apple trees, amazing. Seed Savers is an inspiring and necessary project to keep rare varieties flourishing. When we came back...More

2  Thank Patsy P
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Reviewed 26 June 2015 via mobile

Gorgeous place filled with lovely helpful people who are inspiring the nation to take up the noble pastime of saving seeds for the future of biodiversity, which is more important than most people give it credit for. A nice place to walk around and have...More

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Seamus H
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Response from gvratings | Reviewed this property |
Best to contact Irish Seedsavers directly. Tripadvisor is blocking me giving you the web address but just google them They may be able to help if you send a sample apple.
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