Seed magazine is a biannual publication, founded and edited by Carole Bamford. At its heart is the belief that we need to live sustainably and consciously. Its philosophy is to lead by example: to gently inspire readers to make small changes with their own choices so that together we can have a wider impact on the future of the planet – like sowing a seed that will grow and flourish into a plant.
Seed magazine’s content will feature interviews and conversations with artisans, artists, makers and thinkers – pioneers in the fields of sustainability, farming, craft, design, wellness and travel, as well as features to gently encourage and inspire readers to live more mindfully, be that by growing their own vegetables or pollinator-friendly flowers in their garden, embarking on a craft project with their children, or simply rethinking their purchasing habits.
Seed magazine celebrates the importance of being conscious of where our food comes from, the magazine also contains over 15 simple, seasonal recipes with a focus around reducing food waste and celebrating often overlooked local British ingredients, such as quince, game and cobnuts.
In Issue #4
Their fourth volume of Seed reflects on the positives to have emerged from this period of crisis: we consider the communities that have flourished, born out of a desire to tackle its challenges collectively.
In the UK, wild swimming groups sprung up around the country, with many braving icy temperatures to experience not only the health benefits and improved mental wellbeing but the bond that unites those willing to take the plunge. We interview Justin Byam Shaw, founder of London charity The Felix Project, to learn about how the pace and scale of its operation had to escalate to cope with the increased demand for its services; and how lives were touched by the volunteers who give up their time to prevent vulnerable communities going without food.
We also consider the communities that were torn apart. As the shutters came down, we learn how musicians were forced to regroup in different ways – to find new means of reaching their audience and fill the void left by the empty auditoriums.
Elsewhere, we respond to the growing interest in engaging with nature: we share how best to grow your own tomatoes or make seed bombs to sow a wildflower patch or meadow at home. We also consider the effects of the choices we make daily: how sustainable is our morning cup of coffee and how can we lower its environmental footprint.
We also shine a light on the world’s healthiest communities – those in so-called Blue Zones – and discover what lies behind their increased longevity and happier, healthier lifestyles. And celebrating the importance of being conscious of where our food comes from, we also share simple, seasonal recipes with a focus around reducing food waste.
Volume 4, 112 pages, 275 x 210mm, printed on 100% recycled paper using vegetable inks