Category: Education

new book on Seed Libraries

Here is  a write up about a new book on Seed Libraries. Seed Libraries And Other Means of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People by Cindy Conner Historically, seed companies were generally small, often family-run businesses. Because they were regionally-based, they could focus on varieties well-suited to the local environment. A Pacific Northwest …

Continue reading

Frank Morton article on plant breeding

“There is a connection between the genetics of the plant and what’s happening in the environment… The environment can remove methyls from the ends of those genes. What was off can now be on.” This “hidden plasticity” of plants explains why flowering plants have been so willing to cooperate with everything in nature. “When flowering …

Continue reading

October meeting – special celebratory event.

Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers Hosts Celebratory Event On October 2 at 7:00 P.M., the CVGSS will celebrate 15 years of promoting the conservation and preservation of our local plant diversity by encouraging and supporting public participation in growing and saving heritage and non-hybrid food crops.  A short business meeting will be followed by …

Continue reading

Presentation = How to maintain genetic diversity.

Sylvain Alie gave a presentation at the Seedsavers September meeting on How to maintain genetic diversity.  Click HERE or on the link below to open a pdf file of this presentaion. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_rfPRezZsufRHFYbzFIRGRIeVJFdzd5cGFCQ0tSNFBBOVNJ/edit?usp=sharing Also at the meeting Ellen R gave a presentation on seed saving – How to clean and store your seeds  and Jenny G spoke on …

Continue reading

How to maintain genetic diversity in our gardening crops.

This was the subject of the talk given by Sylvain Alie at our September 2014 Seed Savers meeting. Why is genetic diversity important? – Its mother nature’s way of helping us find the best varieties to deal with climate change, plant pathogens and nutrition. The minimum to maintain genetic diversity would be 1000 Seeds from 20 plants and …

Continue reading

Food forest workshop

Some of you may be interested in going to this interesting workshop in Duncan.

Seed savers monthly meeting September 4th.

Comox valley Growers and Seed savers presentation – Thursday September 4th. Topic; How to take care of our precious seeds.   Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers (CVGSS) is featuring a presentation on harvesting and saving seeds on Thursday, September 4. The meeting will be in the Common House of Creekside Commons Co-Housing. Come at …

Continue reading

Seed saving workshop August 17th

All are welcome to visit the Lush Community Garden, 6th Street and Harmston,  on Sunday August 17th. There will be a potluck from 3 till 5 followed by a workshop on seed saving at 6, given by Nick Guthrie. If you haven’t yet visited the garden this will be the perfect time to check out …

Continue reading

June 23rd Seed Saver Exchange webinar

Register for the June 23rd webinar, Garden Photography Tune in to this special webinar presented by SSE Board Member and expert garden photographer David Cavagnaro. David’s photos have been featured in dozens of books and world-class publications throughout his impressive career. Join us to get photography tips and see beautiful examples of David’s work. This …

Continue reading

More Birds and Beans

Foster Richardson, from The Birds and the Beans talked to the Seed Savers about growing Corn as a staple crop. Corn is very adaptable, especially the short tough native varieties, that also have more protein and so could be an important staple crop in spite of corn’s reputation as ‘evil’. Very tolerant to poor conditions …

Continue reading