Category: Education

Meeting April 4th 2019

Time:  7 pm. Place: Creekside Commons, 2202 Lambert, Courtenay. Directions.  To reach Creekside Commons from Courtenay, take Cumberland Road, turn left onto 20th Street, then the first right onto Lambert.  Follow to the end of Lambert. Parking:  There is limited parking in the Creekside complex so please park on Lambert if possible, it’s a short stroll to …

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Bursary offered for Organic Seed Production course.

Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers 2019 Organic Seed Production Bursary Offer expanded to Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands CVGSS is offering a full scholarship for Vancouver Island and Gulf Island farmers to take Canadian Organic Growers 2019 intermediate online Organic Seed Production course and practicum. This in depth course covers commercial production, harvesting, marketing, …

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Meeting February 7th

Our guest speaker for the February meeting was Arzeena Hamir. here are the  meeting notes prepared b y Valerie Bernier. GUEST SPEAKER: ARZEENA HAMIR   -trained agrologist and owner of  Amara Farm a local Certified Organic farm -Has been growing in the valley for 6+ years -Was staff agrologist for Territorial seeds Canada which became …

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Seed Saving

Link to excellent article by Dan Jason of Salt Spring Seeds. https://www.saltspringseeds.com/pages/how-to-save-seeds

May 3rd Meeting – 2018

Our speaker for this May meeting will be Kathy Dunster from Denman island. Kathys is a Faculty Member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, School of Horticulture Kathy Dunster, PhD Instructor of Urban Ecosystems Kathy Dunster has an undergraduate degree in Recreation Education (BRE) from UBC with a focus on outdoor leisure spaces – from playgrounds to provincial parks …

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December 7th Monthly meeting Lucy speaks about potatoes

Our end of year potluck is the final celebration of a year of gardening and harvesting. The evening started with the potluck and was followed by a talk by  Lucie DesJarlais disclosed her secrets about how to grow and enjoy potatoes all the year round. Here is her handout about how to do it. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_rfPRezZsufMkVYQXNNRzNYbVFrME5jNlRqWW4tRVltbVBB/view?usp=sharing …

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Books and links for seed savers

Books Seed to Seed – Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners – Suzanne Ashworth Saving Seeds As if Our Lives Depended On It – Dan Jason Organic Seed Grower – John Navazio Organic Seed Production and Saving The Wisdom of Plant Heritage – Bryan Connolly The Complete Guide to Seed Saving – Cheryl …

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Selecting and getting those seeds started.

From presentation by Arzeena Hamir. Seed Catalogs – what to look for – The seed catalog companies do not grow their own seeds. They have their growers in many different places. This means that if you buy from a local company this does not mean that your seeds will be local. For this you need …

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Saving lettuce seeds

Ralph Watts has the following method for saving lettuce seeds. “For some this may be an easier way to save lettuce seed.” he says.     Get two plates – same type with smooth rims, or a bucket with a lid. Place plates under lettuce. Work lettuce above the plates with your fingers as the …

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Tomato pollination and isolation

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/can-pole-beans-planted-next-sunflowers-57178.html Link to pollinating tomatoes with an electric toothebrush for better yield.   An Interesting question is whether to isolate tomatoes or not; whether to bag or not. As tomatoes are self pollinating a lot of people don’t bother to isolate. This is fine when saving tomoato seeds for ones personal use but we have a …

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