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Newsletter April 2015 front page.

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Newsletter, February 21, 2013

  This newsletter features a call to join the seed bank team, a more organized and rigorous way of ensuring we achieve our mandate:  to conserve and preserve our local plant diversity by encouraging and supporting public participation in growing heritage and non-hybrid food crops and other plants.

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Islolation Distances by Nick Guthrie

[important] From the February 2008 Newsletter [/important]   One part of our mandate in CVGSS is to exchange vegetable seeds which breed “true”, that is, will go from plant to seed to plant giving a reliable production of the same features for generations to come. Of course, in any oneseed envelope there will be small and …

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Winter Gardening with Lucie Desjarlais

[important]From the 2008-02 Newsletter[/important] Winter gardening is both a passion and a challenge. It is also part of the future of food for us in the Comox Valley as we shift to local sustainably grown crops. Nothing, nothing can compare to picking greens from the garden minutes before being eating the raw salad. Not only …

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Featured Edible: Wild Winter Greens – Chickweed

A hand displays tiny chickweed leaves on slender stalks, overflowing a raised bed.

[important]From the 2008-02 Newsletter[/important] Chickweed (Stellaria media) Is a crunchy member of the pink family that thrives during our mild coastal winters. One tiny plant can produce 20,000 seeds, but if this weed is hard to beat, at least it’s good to eat. HABITAT: Look for chickweed in lawns and garden beds that have been abandoned …

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Gardens of Destiny with Dan Jason

[important]From the CVGSS Newsletter, February 2008[/important] The good news is that we can focus on the good news. The knowledge of how to grow sustainably already  exists. It can be tapped into and enhanced in myriad ways. Around the world people are feeling and thinking that it is time to create the world we want rather than to …

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Fruit Tree TLC

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[important]From the 2008-02 Newsletter[/important] Want beautiful fruit this fall? Half the battle is won before budbreak in the spring. Mulch trees with kelp, and keep a well around the base of the tree empty to prevent rot. Don’t over fertilize with nitrogen or you’ll get lots of growth and less fruit. Spray dormant oil on a sunny day with no wind when fair weather is forecast for …

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Archived newsletters

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Here are some links to the newsletters we have in the website’s library.  They are in .pdf form.  Please note:  this post is being updated from time to time.  If you don’t see what you are looking for, send us a comment! – Thanks CVGSS Newsletter 2008-02.pdf CVGSS Newsletter 2008-05.pdf CVGSS Newsletter 2008-08.pdf CVGSS Newsletter …

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Newsletter 2012-11

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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR – SUSAN HOLVENSTOT   We enter the dark of the year, time of rain and storm, time of wood stoves and rubber boots. Hopefully your gardens are mostly put to bed, the over-wintering plants tucked in with mulch, and maybe plastic ‘cloche’ protection. Many of us will be continuing the harvest …

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