The association Kultursaat e.V. cultivates and develops seed-solid vegetable varieties for organic farming. In order to secure, identify and preserve seed-solid varieties suitable for organic commercial cultivation on the one hand, and to secure initial populations for future on-farm vegetable breeding on the other, Kultursaat e.V. has established a variety collection of practically all species cultivated in local organic farming.This so-called conservation breeding bank contains samples of about 750 vegetable varieties. Within the framework of three projects entitled "Sustainable improvement of the availability of ecologically propagated vegetable seed through on-farm screening and conservation breeding", more than 300 varieties have been sifted through and, in some cases, processed by conservation breeders.
The first project was carried out in 2007 - 2010 with Kohlrabi, carrot and leek as BÖL-Project (funding code 06OE154). With the support of the Software AG Foundation and the project of Fruit and Vegetable Garden Hesse (funded by HMUELV) the activities were extended to cauliflower, corn salad, celery, spinach and onion from 2008 to 2011. Since 2011 the project - funded by Software AG-Stiftung as well as the Federal Programme for Organic Agriculture and other forms of sustainable agriculture (BÖLN; 2810OE081) and the company Tegut - has been continued with the crops bulouse fennel, radicchio and zuccini.
Information on the individual varieties is provided in the database. The focus is on cultivation and breeding relevant information on variety characteristics. In addition to the original description and key data of the individual varieties, results of the various screening sites are available. The screening sites are culture seed project sites.
old seed-solid varieties
which are evaluated as "suitable for organic farming" after the screening and of which no organic seed is available for commercial cultivation, are further cultivated by the association Kultursaat e.V.
Varieties that are not classified as suitable for organic commercial cultivation in the German-speaking countries are maintained by the maintenance breeder in order to be available as a breeding basis at a later date if necessary.
The data in the variety database are updated and supplemented quarterly, depending on the availability of new information. About 60,000 € per year are needed for the continuous expansion and continuation of the maintenance breeding bank. This money is acquired through donations and other project funds by the association. If you would like to support the maintenance breeding bank directly through project-related grants, please contact us.
Overview articles on the conservation breeding bank were compiled on the occasion of the 11th Scientific Conference on Organic Agriculture (2011) and the Organic Agriculture Day of the LFL in Freising Weihenstephan (2012).
A seed distribution to third parties is currently not possible.