Growing The Team

A big welcome to Nick who joins the Seed Pantry team as our newest recruit.  He’ll be posting on social media, working with like minded brands and will be on hand to help answer all your customer queries.

Here’s a little introduction from Nick:

‘I am a Marketing graduate who has recently moved back to my home town of Maidenhead. After finishing my studies in Bristol I am grateful to be working here at Seed Pantry and learning about the different areas of the business. Over the coming months, I will be updating and posting on social media, developing new partnerships and helping to keep our customers happy.

I have always loved flowers, growing up I have created a large portfolio of plant images that have crossed my path during my life. I am eager to now take the next step and start growing my own and sharing my experiences with you as a novice plant grower.’

Nick

The Rookie Gardener 

National Gardening Week 2018

This week (30th April to 6th May 2018) is National Gardening Week – the country’s biggest celebration of gardening, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.

It’s a great opportunity to get out in the garden, embrace nature and start sowing and planting seeds, bulbs, flowers, trees, plants, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Thousands of people, public gardens, charities, shops and heritage organisations are getting involved and have plenty of events and activities taking place up and down the country. There are beginner’s workshops, walking guides, garden parties, planting groups and grow your own sessions – so there’s something for everyone.

With some lovely sunshine predicted to be with us for at least a week!, now is a great time to start growing your own.

To find out more about monthly just in time gardening boxes from Seed Pantry see the grow club, visit: Seed Pantry

For more information about National Gardening Week visit: National Gardening Week 

Seed Pantry’s new Grow Club Discovery Subscription Box

Delivered at the right time to grow, we’ve launched Seed Pantry’s brand new monthly subscription service – the Grow Club Discovery Box, perfect for anyone keen to grow fresh food and flowers at home in any spaces.

Delivered just in time to your door and keeping you up to date with everything to do in the garden, this is really convenient and is mapped out for the year in tune with the seasons.

Designed to inspire growers with beautifully curated monthly boxes and easy to follow grow guides – it’s great value and each month you can make six choices, from 10, of expertly selected food and flower plants to grow.  Discover new to market varieties, heirloom and new, best in show cut flowers, and the best food flavours for super healthy fresh food.

Our new Grow Club Discovery Box keeps you bang up to date with the latest gardening trends, so you get to discover new plants as they become available.

Gifting options are available for 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions and the Grow Club Discovery Box is priced at just £12.99 per month with FREE delivery.

To find out more visit Seed Pantry

Join Seed Pantry at The Big Feastival!

BFlogo-landscape-dates-venuePreparations are underway for our first time at The Big Feastival – a fantastic weekend of music, food and fun for all the family!

Over the August Bank Holiday, TV chef Jaime Oliver and Blur bassist Alex James will welcome families from all over the UK to enjoy food, music and activities including food and drink stands, cookery classes, arts and craft workshops, a vintage fun fair and live music tents.

Taking place in the idyllic Cotswolds, this year is the event’s fifth anniversary but it’s our first time attending!

We’ll have a stand in the Lifestyle Village where you can come and meet the Seed Pantry team on stand LS03 and find out about growing your own food at home. We’ll be launching some exciting new products and will also be demonstrating our grow pod as well as seed starter kits, all available with special Big Feastival discounts.

We’ll be running seed sowing activities for families each day at 11.30, 1.30 and 3.30 and offering you the chance to win exciting grow your own food kits in our prize draw!

With live music from Mark Ronson, Kaiser Chiefs and Tinie Tempah, cookery demos from Jaime Oliver himself, as well as Raymond Blanc and Gizzi Erskine, the three-day event promises to be a feel good festival for the whole family.

Weekend tickets are already sold out but day passes are still available so book soon to secure your places! Children under 12 go free and there are discounted rates for teens.

The Big Feastival takes place from 26th to 28th August on Alex James’ farm in The Cotswolds. To find out more about and to book tickets, visit http://thebigfeastival.com

Make sure you come to Lifestyle Village and visit the Seed Pantry stand (number LS03) for our seed sowing sessions and to enjoy some home grown veggies and greens!

Our Food Future

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In February, the UK Food Standards Agency brought together over 200 leading industry experts to discuss how best to secure the future of our food.

The summit was broadcast live and thousands of people got involved on Twitter using the hash tag #ourfoodfuture, and we did too!

Topics included how we will grow food in the future, whether we will be eating insects, food waste including wonky veg, food safety and pricing, obesity, and what the nation wants from food in the future.

Comments by Seed Pantry and Neil about the event, the social value of food and childhood obesity were featured in the discussion – see link:

https://storify.com/foodgov/our-food-future

The debate also turned to how we have lost our connection with food with the increase in online grocery shopping and processed foods. And how sharing meals with family or friends is becoming a thing of the past.

Growing your own vegetables, leafy greens, herbs and salads at home is a great way to re-connect with food, understand where it comes from and to get the whole family involved with planting, sowing, nurturing and harvesting. It helps to reduce waste and allows you to eat wholesome, fresh, organic foods.

As Spring is just around the corner, now is a great time to start thinking about setting up a vegetable patch in the garden, or if you don’t have the space, our new smart grow pod lets you grow your own food in the kitchen, with no mess, no fuss, just fresh, organic greens, vegetables, herbs and salads in no time!

So this season, take time to think about the future of our food and how you can make some simple changes to ensure a healthy, sustainable and safe food supply for future generations!

Seed Pantry bring seeds kits and grow pods to Urban Outfitters

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We’re excited to announce that Urban Outfitters are now stocking our new Seed Pantry grow pod and four seed kits, helping their shoppers to grow their own tasty, fresh and organic foods at home or at work.

We have worked with the team at Urban Outfitters and have launched easy grow kits for superfood greens, kitchen herbs, hot chilli peppers and edible flowers. Each one includes two varieties of seeds and compost in a super handy pouch that can be used as the pot by adding water to the compost and adding the seeds.

Easygrowkits4 sThe new co-branded products are now available in all Urban Outfitter stores in the UK and Europe, as well as online. They are perfect for urbanites looking to grow healthy food and their own herbs, leafy greens, chillies and edible flowers.

Seed Pantry grow pod sElizabeth Bailey buyer at  Urban Outfitters says: “We’re really excited to be working  on this project with Seed Pantry as part of our new ‘grow’ range. Our customers are fashion forward with healthy attitudes to food. ‘Grow your own’ is a huge trend for 2016 –  It’s been my focus for the last few months to incorporate this into our lifestyle  brand.  The elegant new kits from Seed Pantry show our customers how easy it is to, grow, harvest  and eat fresh, organic food themselves.

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WIN Organix Goodies worth £50!

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During May we are running a fantastic giveaway with our friends over at Organix, with the chance to win £50 worth of tasty treats for your little ones!

Simply send us a photo of you cooking with the kids and their favourite fresh vegetables to be entered into the draw.

You can post them on twitter @SeedPantry , facebook , instagram or email your pics to info@seedpantry.co.uk and we’ll be announcing the winner in May.

Maybe Chloe likes carrots, or Peter likes peas – whatever their preference, let us know to win a bundle of yummy Organix Goodies!

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Seed Pantry teams up with Organix and the Goodies Explore Tour!

Explorer Pack - BadgeWe have teamed up with Organix and on their exciting Goodies Explore Tour this summer!

The tour will highlight nature, arts and crafts, and storytime events as well as food and grow your own activities, featuring our very own Seed Pantry products!

Look out for the tour coming to a town near you and bring your little ones along to plant carrots, runner beans and lettuce in their own pot to take home.

In addition, we’re giving away ten Goodies Organix tins packed with healthy, tasty snacks including crunchy carrot sticks, mini oaty bites, mini cheese crackers, animal biscuits, sweetcorn salsa snappy crocks and delicious raspberry and apple fruit moos! Look out for the giveaways running on our Facebook and Twitter pages or email us with your name, address and contact number to be entered into the draw to win a tin of Goodies Organix snacks for your little ones. Email:

Appy times for Seed Pantry

Seed Pantry® App Crop Clock® ScreenThis month, we’re launching a fantastic new Seed Pantry app – a brilliant new way to monitor and keep track of home-grown vegetables, herbs and salads.

Featuring a handy ‘crop clock’, the app lets you set a timer that will guide you through the growing process, from sow dates through to harvesting. Whether it’s for basil and beetroot or snap peas and sweet corn, the smart timer allows you to set a sow date and monitor progress of seedlings and receive alerts as reminders of key dates for transplanting and harvesting.

The app also offers growing tips and techniques and is packed with illustrated veg growing information. It provides instant access to the unique Seed Pantry range of seed kits, plants and equipment and to the Seed Pantry ask a question service using Twitter, just tap the share icon to post what you’re growing or go to ask a question for our experts to answer.

The app is available to download for free from the Apple app store with an Android version to follow soon.

Click on the link below or search for Seed Pantry in your app store.

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Waitrose chooses Seed Pantry for flagship ‘Grow and Sell’ scheme

Waitrose has re-launched its flagship national ‘Grow and Sell’ scheme to get school children growing their own fruit and veg and has chosen Seed Pantry as its long term partner to supply seed kits and an educational mobile app.

The scheme, which has trebled in size since last year, was so succesful in many communities around the country that it will run again over the Spring and Summer seasons.

Following the successful pilot Seed Pantry will provide the ‘Grow and Sell’ seed kits for schools across the UK to set up and maintain their own vegetable patches. They contain seeds for the children to plant and grow vegetables such as lettuces, beetroots, basil, courgettes, snap peas and all the pots, compost, dibbers and equipment they need as well as step-by-step instructions. The new kit features the addition of wild flower seeds, which will help boost the number of bees, butterflies and other pollinators in school hedgerows.

Also new to this year is an educational mobile app that teachers, children and parents can download to access information on where food comes from, and understand how it’s produced. The app features a crop timer that is set when seeds are sown and reminds you via alerts what to do when and when your plants will be ready to harvest and sell at Waitrose.

For 7 – 11 year olds in primary schools, the initiative aims to inspire over 100,000 children to grow their own produce this season. Children will learn about where food comes from, the impact and importance of the seasons and develop entrepreneurial skills by selling their produce directly to Waitrose shoppers.

Neil Whitehead, founder of Seed Pantry says: “Due to last year’s success we’re delighted that Waitrose has re-launched Grow and Sell and chosen Seed Pantry as their partner to supply the seed kits and app technology. It is a fantastic project for us to be involved with and is testament to our brand and product range that is already in thousands of homes across the UK, inspiring a new generation of food lovers to grow their own healthy produce. By working with Waitrose it really helps to grow our business and employ people to support the ongoing scheme.

Growing food locally is something we are passionate about and want to encourage among people of all ages.”

Tina Varns, Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing Manager at Waitrose said: “Having seen the success of last year’s project, it brings us immense pleasure to re-launch the ‘Grow and Sell’ scheme and support a small entrepreneurial business, which fits very well with the ethos of our business. We hope it will encourage children to choose to eat well, and inspire entrepreneurial minds to flourish, which I know is something Seed Pantry is passionate about too.”

More details are available on the Waitrose website: Waitrose press centre.