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Glasgow Seed Library

Keeping the Seeds

Sat 4 November 2023

Tickets no longer available
Wheelchair accessible

Wheelchair accessible

Relaxed event

Relaxed event

A ringed hand packs small groups of seeds into piles for packing

Seed sorting at Caring for Seeds, New Phoenix Cinema, 2022. Photo by Alkmini Gkousiari.

What flourished this year? Do you have seeds to share?

Join Glasgow Seed Library for a practical seedkeeping workshop, hosted by Gathering Ground. Learn different harvest techniques and timing, dry seed extraction and cleaning, wet seed processing and fermenting, and seed storage and labelling.

As well as getting hands-on, there will be space to share our seed stories and experiences with growing. We’ll also discuss ideas and strategies for growing seed justice here in Scotland, and around the world.

Bring your seeds to be processed: pea, bean and brassica pods should be dried and crispy for podding; tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers can be brought as whole fruits; squash and courgette should be left on the plant until they harden into gourds and marrows; wildflower, lettuce and other seeds should be gathered as whole dried seed heads. Anything else, bring it along and we’ll work it out together!

The workshop will take place outside but under cover, so please dress appropriately for the weather and rough ground. Accompanied children of all ages are very welcome but please note that the workshop material will be aimed at adults.

We are running seedkeeping workshops across Glasgow this Autumn, so it is likely we are coming to a garden near you!

About the organisers

Organised by Glasgow Seed Library and hosted by Gathering Ground.

Gathering Ground CIC is a North Glasgow based food led gathering space. They have two growing spaces by Old Basin House and at their Canal Side Croft, where they grow fresh food for their cafe and community.

Glasgow Seed Library is a collection of seeds and a community of growers. The library stocks organic and open-pollinated vegetable, herb and flower seeds for everyone to borrow, grow and save. Throughout the year, Glasgow Seed Library organises free workshops, talks and events around seed skills, community growing and earth care.


Gathering Ground is wheelchair accessible and there is an accessible toilet on site. Please email if you have any other access needs.

Event Collection

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Event Type

Talks & Events


Gathering Ground, Old Basin House, 5-7 Applecross Street, Glasgow, G4 9SP


1:00pm — 3:00pm


All ages


Free but ticketed


Wheelchair accessible

Relaxed event

Tickets no longer available