Category: Education

The Birds and the Beans

  Natasha Tymo and Foster Richardson from the Birds and the Beans spoke at our 2014 AGM about growing staple crops. You may have seen them at their veggie stall at the Saturday Farmers Market.   Together with two other young people they are farming organic food crops with the idea of producing high protein …

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Video from GE forum held November 14, 2013

This was a memorable event, and the presentations of the three guest speakers can be viewed at the links below.  It was the kick-off for a speaking tour entitled Genetically Engineered (GE) Foods and Human Health.  Visit this link for more info:  http://gefreebc.wordpress.com/gefoodstour/ Thierry Vrain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k-F4-6V_5I&feature=youtu.be Jan Slomp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04LTrYLlolo&feature=youtu.be Colin Palmer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUXSeUjZgLI&feature=youtu.be   Here is …

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Seed Saving 101

CLICK HERE FOR A PDF VERSION OF THIS PAGE Amaranth Method of Pollination – Amaranth is self fertile, but is occasionally wind pollinated. Time to Harvest Seeds – Cut down and dry the seed heads when they start to drop a few seeds. When they are dry and brittle, thresh them and blow away the …

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Winnower cleans up lettuce seed – by Arzeena Hamir

Earlier this year, the Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers (CVGSS) purchased a winnower in order to make seed cleaning easier for its members and for local farmers. A number of the Board Members had seen the winnower in action at a Seed Conference last November and we were greatly impressed. I decided to take …

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Northword article on picloram herbicide contamination in manure and compost

Here is a link to a Northword magazine article titled  “Mean Manure & Killer Compost: Grazon after-effects in the Bulkley Valley” Picloram is the active ingredient in the herbicide Picloram is the active ingredient in the herbicide http://northword.ca/features/environment/mean-manure-killer-compost-grazon-after-effects-in-the-bulkley-valley

Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers Garden Tour – Sat, Sept 21

Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers (CVGSS) are hosting their 2013 Garden Tour Saturday, September 21, starting at 10:00 am.  Meeting  at Maple Park in Courtenay (18th and Grieve), the tour will visit one garden in Courtenay then three in Comox.  Car-pooling will be encouraged.  Each of these unique, inspiring gardens demonstrates the beauty of highly productive food gardening in the suburbs.  Two of these …

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How to Build Healthy Soil – by Connie Kuramoto

Here’s the presentation given by Connie Kuramoto at the Seed Savers meeting, June 6, 2013.  One highlight was the down-to-earth explanation of how organic fertilizers invigorate the soil, while synthetic fertilizers deplete soil fertility.  It’s a good one. Enjoy! [important]Link to How to Build Healthy Soil[/important]

Seedy Saturday Video by Dan Peruzzo

We are pleased to present a video by Dan Peruzzo of DSee Video Productions, documenting our very own Seedy Saturday 2013. Vendors and volunteers gave their views on seed saving and related topics. Click here to see it on Dan’s website, www.dsee.ca.  

Trap Wire Worms! Patty Rose on YouTube

Patty will be our next speaker at the April 4th monthly meeting.  More details to follow.  Stay tuned!

Ellen Rainwalker’s List of Resources for Growing and Saving Your Own Seeds

Ellen Rainwalker’s List of Resources for Growing and Saving Your Own Seeds * indicates that item is available through the Vancouver Island Regional Library system Books & Publications *Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners by Suzanne Ashworth *The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds by Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough *Seed Sowing …

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