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Bingenheimer Saatgut AG – Part of an economic partnership

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You are running a Natural Foods Store or a specialized Online-Store and would like to offer our organic seed products?

Are you one of our new customers who would like to know

• where your organic seed is coming from

• what motivates us here in Bingenheim

• and how our small limited company differs from others?

Or are you one of the many faithful customers who have known about us for many years? Read here more about the background of the Bingenheimer Saatgut AG.

Open pollinated varieties as a symbol of sustainable economy

Bingenheimer Saatgut AG trades exclusively in open pollinated varieties of organic seeds and plants. These are capable of producing fertile seeds in the way plants naturally do. Open pollinated varieties thus connect the past and future development of cultivated plants and stand as a symbol for a sustainable economy.

Bingenheimer Saatgut AG works in close cooperation with seed producers and the charity Kultursaat e. V., whose aim is to breed and develop open pollinated plant varieties for organic vegetable growers. The Kultursaat breeders work on-farm in about 25 different places across German speaking Europe. Exchanges taking place within the network of seed producers and breeders provides the soil out of which our work can grow and flourish.

Bingenheim seed throughout Europe

We market our seed all over the European Union and occasionally also beyond the internal market. We are always looking for close marketing partnerships in European countries. An example of such a partnership is our cooperation with the Belgian firm Biosano which sells our seeds in Belgium and Holland and offers customers a local advisory service.

Alternatives to GM-like breeding and hybrids

The seeds from which Bingenheimer Saatgut AG has grown were sown more than 30 years ago when a group of concerned Demeter gardeners came together as part of the ‘Initiative Group for Biodynamic Vegetable Seeds’. They recognised already back then in the 1980s that the question of seeds would become a key issue for organic growers.

They experienced how the dominance of hybrid varieties led to a dramatic decline in the availability of open pollinated seeds and with it the possibility for natural propagation. The Initiative Group saw with concern how highly technical (GM-like) plant breeding methods were threatening the foundations of organic vegetable production. New plant breeding technologies were continually being adopted by conventional plant breeders and this threw up further questions for organic horticulture.

Come and join the network

The network of Kultursaat breeders, organic seed producers and Bingenheimer Saatgut AG are determined to offer an alternative to what conventional sources provide by making seed available that is grown under organic and biodynamic conditions. This is where we would like to make our contribution – towards maintaining and encouraging the production of a diverse range of varieties for both field and garden. If you as a market gardener with an organic field would like to strengthen our network then please feel invited to attend one of the next meetings of the Initiative Group.

The network today in figures:

  • Bingenheimer Saatgut AG is currently working in four buildings with around 50 co-workers.
  • 88 market gardens are producing biodynamic and organic seeds.
  • Ca. 45,000 customers obtain seed from Bingenheim and grow open pollinated varieties.
  • Countless amateur gardeners buy Bingenheim seed through health food shops.
  • 119 shareholders representing organic agriculture, trade and processing, are partners to the company’s work.
  • The charitable association Kultursaat e.V. cares for more than 90 new biodynamic varieties and maintains a further 19.

Varieties are our cultural heritage

Seed is far more than a means of production. It is the starting point for every kind of food culture. We are convinced that varieties and / DNA sequences should never be privately owned.

As a counter model to that of biopatenting, Kultursaat e. V. is very keen to maintain varieties and protect them as part of the cultural heritage of humanity. This is what drives the Association to breed and develop fertile open pollinated varieties. Many members of the Initiative Group have become members of Kultursaate.V. – some have since become active breeders while others have focused on seed multiplication.

Social economy, the basis of business activity

When Bingenheimer Saatgut AG was founded as a company limited by shares in 2001, its founders set up the new organisation to carry on the work started by the Initiative Group.

Apart from the objectives relating to organic seeds that are described in the text, our work is orientated around the following principles:

• Continued work on developing forms of social economy

• Mutual perceptiveness and transparency in our business relationships

• Creation of work opportunities for people with special needs

Partnerships and long term economic relationships play an important role in this. We aim to share information with our customers openly and fairly.

Bingenheimer Saatgut AG sees its task as mediating between the opportunities and limitations of plant breeding, the production of seed and the requirements of gardeners. Dialogue with customers, breeders and the health food trade, such as for instance takes place on Variety Open Days, is an important part of our business activity.

Inner connection to organic seed work

The ownership arrangements of the company also point in a different direction: We only offer named registered shares, which means the shares are issued in the name of the buyer. Both management and share holders are keen to ensure that new shareholders form a connection with the seed work.

The circle of shareholders includes the Software AG Stiftung, the Bingenheim House Community, seed suppliers and customers as well other supportive institutions.

If you would like to become a shareholder of Bingenheimer Saatgut AG please make contact and request a share prospectus.

You can join and become a member of Kultursaat e. V. and help with the further development and care of a cultural commodity.

Historical development – key milestones

Historical development – key milestones

1975 The idea of biodydynamic seed was born among keen gardeners
1985 Marketing of seed (biodynamic and organic) via Allerleirauh GmbH, Bingenheim
1994 Kultursaat e.V. was founded by the Seed Initiative Group
1995 Building of the first seed processing workshop
2001 Bingenheimer Saatgut AG was founded
2008 Building of new seed cleaning and warehousing facilities
2014 Building of a new seed testing laboratory and air conditioned storage
2016 New webshop online: bilingual, clear, flexible
2017 Build a polytunnel, cool room and processing area for the research section and a further cold store for seeds. Renovation of the old seed workshop.
2018 The first breeding and variety day in Bingenheim. Opening of the new storage warehouse.
Ask your question:

You can reach us Monday to Thursday from 8:00-16:30 CET and Friday from 8:00-14:00 CET.

You may also send your question by email to [email protected]

We are happy to help.

Ask your question:

You can reach us Monday to Thursday from 8:00-16:30 CET and Friday from 8:00-14:00 CET.

You may also send your question by email to [email protected]

We are happy to help.

Order catalogue

Would you like to browse offline and gardening in our assortment? We are happy to send you a printed catalog free of charge.

Order catalogue

Would you like to browse offline and gardening in our assortment? We are happy to send you a printed catalog free of charge.

  • Namenia
  • Parsnips
  • Parsley root
  • Physalis
  • Leeks
  • Radish
  • Winter radish
  • Beetroot
  • Turnip
  • Rucola
  • Salad
  • Salsify
  • Celeriac
  • Pepper
  • Carrots
  • Melons
  • Chinese leaves
  • Aubergine
  • Beans
  • Chicory
  • Peas
  • Corn salad
  • Florence fennel
  • Cucumbers
  • Cabbage
  • Cress
  • Squash
  • Sweet corn
  • Spinach beet
  • Tomatoes
  • Chicory Sugarloafs
  • Spinach and similar
  • Zucchini
  • Winterpurslane
  • Onions
  • Black cumin
  • Chop suey greens
  • Garden thyme
  • Hyssop
  • Land cress
  • Watercress
  • Lemon balm
  • Garlic chives
  • Chive
  • French sorrel
  • Lavender
  • Lovage
  • Marjoram
  • Oregano
  • Burnet
  • Tarragon
  • Sage
  • Coriander
  • Chervil
  • Cumin
  • Basil
  • Savory
  • Borage
  • Dill
  • Garden Fennel
  • Parsley
  • Cutting celery

Bingenheimer Saatgut AG – Part of an economic partnership Access for specialized resellers You are running a Natural Foods Store or a specialized Online-Store and would like to offer our

Biodynamic seeds

Growing organic diversity in our fields, soils and seeds means working with Nature’s genius and embedding resilience for future generations.

Growing health, naturally

Seeds of open pollinated varieties, bred and maintained for organic systems, are the essential ingredients for farming that nurtures the health of our planet and people.

Democracy is at the heart of what we do

We work with a network of growers and share our skills to build a closer relationship between people, the food they eat and the farmers who grow it.

What to sow now?

BEAN; BROAD; Aquadulce
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BEAN; BROAD; Aquadulce

Vicia faba Semi-compact plant with high yield of pods containing 6-7 beans. Good tolerance against cold. Sowing instructions Sow October-November or February-March. Plant the seeds or plants in rows 60cm apart with 20cm between the plants. Growing instructions Plants raising in a green house or .

CAULIFLOWER; Alpha
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CAULIFLOWER; Alpha

Brassica Oleacea var. Botrytis A cauliflower for late summer and early autumn harvest Sowing instructions Sow from October until March for spring planting or sow direct in spring for autumn harvest. Sow seeds into seed tray, transplant seedlings into modules or pots. Growing instructions Transfer.

FLOWER; Lathyrus odoratus; colour mix
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FLOWER; Lathyrus odoratus; colour mix

Sweet Pea, colour mix Annual climber with mixed colour flowers. Excellent for cutting Sowing instructions Sow in spring in situ, or sow in autumn or late winter in pots in cold frames or greenhouse for earlier flowering. Plant out in spring and provide support. Growing instructions Cutting flower.

FLOWER; Lathyrus odoratus; Wild Italian
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FLOWER; Lathyrus odoratus; Wild Italian

Sweet Pea, Wild Italian Annual climber with lilac and purple flowers. Very strong scent. Excellent for cutting Sowing instructions Sow direct in spring, or sow in autumn or late winter in pots in cold frames or greenhouse for earlier flowering. Plant out in spring and provide support.

HERB; Sweet Cicely
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HERB; Sweet Cicely

Myrrhis odorata Use leaves in soup and salads; they can also be used in jam or rhubarb to reduce the acidity and sugar requirement. Sowing instructions Sow in mid-late autumn. The seeds need several weeks of cold winter weather followed by warm temperatures to germinate. Growing instructions Pl.

RADICCHIO; Palla Rossa 3
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RADICCHIO; Palla Rossa 3

Cichorium intybus Forms upright, red coloured heads. Mild tasting. Sowing instructions Sow end of June to mid July in rows 30 cm apart. Growing instructions Thin to a distance of 25 cm. Harvest in autumn. Will tolerate light frosts.

RADICCHIO; Zuckerhut
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RADICCHIO; Zuckerhut

Cichorium intybus Forms upright, green coloured heads. Mild tasting. Sowing instructions Sow from the end of June to mid July in rows 30 cm apart. Growing instructions Thin to 25cm between plants. Harvest in autumn. Will tolerate light frosts.

SALAD GREEN; Fine Leaved Cress
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SALAD GREEN; Fine Leaved Cress

Lepidium sativum Fast growing plant used for its seedling leaves in salads. Sowing instructions Sow in rows 10 cm apart or broadcast in a seed tray. Growing instructions Indoors the harvest can be after ten days.

100% Organic

Certified organic seed, much of it biodynamic, of varieties suited to agro-ecological systems

Biodynamic

Our biodynamic seed has the Demeter logo, the international symbol of biodynamic quality

Open pollinated

Genetic diversity that belongs to everyone & breeds true-to-type, so you can save your own seed

The availability of organic open pollinated seed has been in decline for many years. The Seed Co-operative pare of particular significance.

Ben Raskin, Soil Association

The Seed Co-operative provides a community based solution from which growers and the whole food supply chain will be able to benefit.

Shane Holland, Slow Food UK

The work that the Seed Co-operative is embarking on is urgent and worthy of support.

Seed Co-operative are a vital part of the infrastructure needed for family farms to survive.

Seed Co-operative is countering a potential mass extinction of the seeds we depend on for health, vitality and diversity in our food.

Patrick Holden, Sustainable Food Trust

Latest

November 09, 2020

Report on Annual General Meeting 7 November 2020

Our Annual General Meeting this year was held on Zoom. You can now watch a recording here, where you will need passcode gdE.7L86 The Agenda is as follows. The whole recording is nearly one and half hours. I have included times in the recording should you want to jump in at a few particular moments. These times are marked as chapters on the recording. Welcome Approval of the Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting. Receipt of accounts and report of the Auditor. 11mins 15secs Appointment.

Rhys’ plot through 2019

From April 2019 one of our happy customers regularly shared photos of his successes with us. It is always great to get feedback. It’s important to know if people to have problems, but also a boost for us to know things are going well!! If you are looking for inspiration for 2020 and wondering what to sow? Here are a selection of photos of Rhys’s success you to give you some inspiration now that the seed buying season is approaching. As you can see, you can get from seed to plate in a short.

January 06, 2020

Report on Annual General Meeting 9 November 2019

Agenda, Minutes, Financial Report and Annual Report for the Seed Cooperative AGM on 9 November 2019 at Waltham Place, Berkshire

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