Founded in 2015, Sementes Vivas is the only Iberian company dedicated exclusively to the multiplication of high quality, organic and biodynamic certified seeds. We produce, select and breed organic seeds for final consumers, producers, nurseries, retail and other European seed companies. Our farm is the centerpiece of these activities.
On our farm we do all types of seed production. From flower and herbs seeds to vegetables and even some extensive farm crops. Seed production is more challenging than normal vegetable production, especially due to the longer crop cycles. Happily enough we count with a professional and dedicated team, specialized in these seed productions.
We are spreading Portuguese and Spanish produced seeds all over the world as some varieties are sold to other seed companies to the North.
Our trial field is a fundamental part of our farm. On these fields we trial new varieties for various purposes. For example, we trial to see if the varieties adapt well to Iberian climate conditions. Besides, we trial our own produced seeds to check the uniformity, vigour and plant health. Each year we trial more than 1000 lotes, controlling and maintaining this way the quality of our seeds.
We produce 100% organic seeds, besides this some of our seeds have the additional biodynamic certification, DEMETER. The biodynamic certification is even stricter and specific than organic certification. For example, we have try to have an as closed as possible cycle for the nutrients and inputs for our farm, creating a self-sustaining organism. We use very little manure, as we are mainly focussed on green manure and crops rotation to maintain fertility, soil cover and soil health. You can read more about this subject here.
Our farm has other particularities besides the seeds. On the side of the farm we have a traditional rainfed almond orchard, 28 years old, which we care for and maintain since the beginning of the project. Two years ago we added various fruit trees to replace empty spaces in the orchard, we planted species such as apples, pears, oranges, pomegranates, cherries and others.
Besides the orchard we also have a flock of traditional breed of Portuguese chicken (Pedrês Portuguesa). The chickens help us by eating weed seeds, breaking pest cycles, and increasing the fertility of our orchard field, all whilst eating leftovers from the seed cleaning process.