Living Seeds – Sementes Vivas S.A. is an organic and biodynamic seed company, founded in July 2015 and based in Idanha-a-Nova, central Portugal, near to the border of Extremadura, Spain. LSSV produces, processes and commercialises high quality open-pollinated organic and biodynamic seeds from vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs, cereals and pseudo-cereals. Our team has expanded to 25 people working in farming, plant breeding, seed multiplication, training, processing, packaging, sales, marketing and administration. In November 2017, we set up our daughter company Semillas Vivas SL in Spain. Local adoptions of seeds to the Mediterranean climate and to local soil conditions are crucial to LSSV. We operate our own seed production site of 25 ha, which is in conversion to Demeter, in addition to external multiplier fields. We are currently working with 35 growers across Portugal and Spain. Our goal is to increase this number to 50 growers by the end of 2018. Locations for growing LSSV seeds are carefully chosen to provide the best climatic and soil conditions for multiplication. In cooperation with municipalities universities and other institutions we multiply their traditional seeds to revive them and to reintroduce them to the market and to farming. LSSV is mainly producing for the Mediterranean countries, as well as multiplying some special varieties for Northern European organic seed companies. We offer a large diversity of modern and traditional varieties for professional growers as well as gardeners. Our 2018 catalogue contains 150 varieties. More than 50% of them are of our own production, the others are a selection of high quality seeds from proven organic and biodynamic seed producers from different countries in Europe.
Since 1924, Biodynamic Agriculture, the oldest green farming movement, has been recognised worldwide for the quality of its production and nutrient-rich crops. Biodynamics has an independent certification system managed worldwide by Demeter International in Darmstadt, Germany. Demeter International currently represents approximately 5,000 Demeter farms, with nearly 150,000 hectares in more than 50 countries. Biodynamic farm design and production methods aim to restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony. In constant dialogue with nature, the biodynamic farmer works with a spiritual and holistic approach to create a self-sustaining farm organism. Biodiversity, crop rotation, composting, preventative methods to control pests and diseases and the use of biodynamic preparations are important tools to maximise health and vitality of soils, crops and livestock.
Since 2015, Living Seeds Sementes Vivas has been striving to develop the production of healthy and diverse seeds through organic and biodynamic agriculture in Portugal. We are now entering in our third year as a company and are very happy to be present in more than 190 shops, gathering many supporters and believers in local seeds. We have signed cooperation agreements, among others with INIAV and ESAC, with whom we are working on several organic plant breeding programs on traditional Portuguese populations.
Our mission is to produce organic and biodynamic seeds to close the organic and biodynamic value cycle of farming and food. Seeds are the core of good, healthy food.
We want to invite everybody to engage with collecting seeds and to collaborate with others, including institutions and organic seed companies to improve the world.