Living Seeds - Sementes Vivas (LSSV) is an organic seed company, founded in 2015 and based in Idanha-a-Nova, in the Center of Portugal, close to the Spanish border. LSSV produces and processes organic and biodynamic seeds of vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs, cereals and pseudo cereals. LSSV is responsible for the quality control, storage, packing and distributing the seeds. All seeds are open pollinated seeds with a focus on supporting and developing agro-biodiversity and the concept of Organic Food from Organic Seeds. LSSV operates his own seed production of 25ha in addition to external multiplier fields.
LSSV offers a large diversity of modern and traditional varieties for professional growers as well as gardeners. Currently LSSV is working with 15 multipliers across Portugal to cover different climate zones and soil conditions. LSSV cooperates with polytechnic Institutes like ESAC-IPC, Coimbra www.esac.pt, ESA-CB, Castelo Branco http://www.ipcb.pt/esacb, ESA-IPVC, Ponte de Lima as well as with INIAV http://www.iniav.pt, the Portuguese seed bank. LSSV and the institutions cooperate to establish trial fields with the aim to develop high quality organic and biodynamic seeds as well as to train farmers in organic seed multiplication. LSSV and INIAV are developing a joint plant breeding program aiming to improve the quality of the top traditional crops of Portugal to improve their quality for organic and biodynamic farming.
After market entrance with imported organic and biodynamic open pollinated varieties LSSV offers 2017 around 50 varieties of its own production and 30 varieties of the organic and biodynamic seed company Bingenheimer Saatgut AG, Germany https://www.bingenheimersaatgut.de/ which are suitable for Mediterranean climate. Seeds can be ordered via the online shop http://loja.ls-sv.eu/index.php.
Locations for growing LSSV’s seeds are chosen with outermost care to provide the best climatic and soil conditions for multiplication. LSSV is mostly producing for Southern Europe as well as some special varieties for Northern European clients.
LSSV including it’s own seed production site and farm is actually an international team of 18 people with experience in organic and biodynamic agriculture, seed production, plant breeding, marketing and sales. In 2017 LSSV expands its multiplication sites and distribution channels to Spain.
LSSV is very involved in training, education and dissemination of the organic and biodynamic topics across Portugal also by organising conferences like “Agriculture with Future, Today!” jointly with the municipality of Idanha a Nova (see press release).
LSSV seed varieties: Vegetables: 10 peppers, 24 tomatoes, 1 eggplant, 3 pumpkins, 1 courgette, 3 lettuces, 3 leave crops (spinach, swiss chard, rocket), 2 cabbages, 1 cucumber, 1 carrot, 1 turnip, 1 radish. Legumes: 2 beans, 1 fava bean and 2 peas. Fruits: 4 melon and 3 watermelon. Pseudo-cereals: amaranth, quinoa. Cereal: millet. Herbs: chives, chamomile, coriander, dill, parsley, basil.
LSSV is working on a catalogue for 2018 with around 160 varieties (winter and summer crops).
Let`s start sowing now.