LEARY’S ORGANIC SEEDS
We are a small farm based business committed to supplying healthy organic seeds to farmers, growers and now for the first time gardeners and allotment holders. We supply organic seed potatoes and organic onion, shallot and garlic sets. By using organic seeds we can increase the purity of the food we eat and help sustain the health of the environment. We can also contribute to preserving the genetic diversity of our seed banks for future generations.
We’ve been farming organically since 1973. In 1992 we grew the first UK commercial crop of organic seed potatoes.
In 2000 we worked with a Dutch multinational seed potato co-operative for 12 years and managed the production and marketing of organic seed for the whole of the UK. We’ve also helped to develop new blight resistant varieties that were bred in their research station in Holland by conducting variety trials in the UK.
Leary’s Organic Seeds have worked extensively with other organic farmers in the UK and in Holland who produce organic seed potatoes and organic onion, shallot and garlic sets. We’ve set up the first commercial company supplying organic seed potatoes and organic onion, shallot and garlic sets to farmers and growers. Our customers ranged from large organic arable farmers supplying supermarkets to smaller dedicated growers operating vegetable box deliveries and farm shops. We have extensive experience in the growing of organic crops and in learning how to deal with pests and diseases without relying on chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.
In conjunction with Agrico UK (the breeders of the new blight resistant varieties), we will be working with organic farmers in the UK and Holland, whose families have been producing seed crops traditionally for generations, to bring to you some of the finest organic seeds in Europe.
We are totally committed to using natural methods of food production. In this way not only do we eat healthily but we also do our best to protect and enhance the environment that we rely on for existence. Over the years we have developed a group of customers who believe in growing wholesome food for the health of both the nation and the planet.
Carel Bouma and family farm 2.5 meters below sea level on the Flavorland Polder in Holland. They have been supplying us with organic onion, shallot and garlic sets since 1996 and are committed to keeping their farm close to nature.
I converted the family farm to organics in 1975 and produced the first commercial fully certified crop of organic seed potatoes in 1993. I have worked as a specialist advisor for The organic Advisory Service and was managing the production and distribution of organic seed potatoes for Bioselect UK from 1999 to 2014. (Photo credit: iVistaphotography.com)
Rosemary Wass and John Simpson (farm manager) have been farming organically on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors since 1990’s have since been supplying us with seed potatoes. They grow a wide range of vegetables and arable crops produce and organic meats.
Our varieties have been carefully selected because they are naturally good at resisting disease and do not need high levels of artificial fertility to produce good yields.
Nurture & Grow
All our seed crops are grown to high standards and pass all official crop and plant health inspections.
Dispatch & Support
Once the crop is harvested it is then graded, bagged to order and ready to be sent out to you the next day.
We Leary’s Organic Seeds
I always get good quality seed potatoes and sets and they always arrives when they’re supposed to. If any varieties I ordered aren’t available I always get good alternatives. My Desiree and Marfona did particularly well this year and Athlete has excellent flavour.
I’ve been dealing with Laurence for over 20 years and have received excellent service with seed potatoes, onion sets and garlic. I am particularly pleased with the quality of the organic garlic as it is an important wholesale crop to Riverford organic Farms.
We found Leary’s organic seeds last year whilst looking for a supplier of organic onion sets. I couldn’t be happier with the service and quality and we grew some absolutely huge, mildew-free onions this year from the excellent sets we purchased. It’s great news for us to have found a great organic supplier of onion sets, garlic and potatoes for our Soil Association certified garden.