Category Archive: Resources

All post relating to the resources and assets of the organisation.

Mar 18 2015

Gem squash – a South African delicacy

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As a South African expat I grew up with gem squash as being the one and only squash we ever saw at our table. We ate them cut in half with their hard outer skin serving as a bowl. Filled with lots of butter and sometimes tender green peas they were delicious. I grew some here …

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Oct 06 2014

new book on Seed Libraries

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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 …

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Sep 30 2014

Storing seeds

At the September 2014 Seed Savers meeting, Ellen Rainwalker gave a presentation on cleaning, drying and storing seeds To see the powerpoint of this talk go to this link. or press HERE. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_rfPRezZsufOWRWdkhYa2k4anRMNVYyYWtTV21NZno1ZzJF/edit    

Sep 25 2014

Winnower – dates when available

With the first rains, we are aware of the need to get our seeds ready for next year.  One of the benefits of CVGSS membership is free use of our Winnower. We have two sessions planned.  Tues, 15th September 4 -6 pm and Saturday 24th September from 3 pm on. Please email us at cvseedsavers@gmail.com if you would …

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Sep 09 2014

Local farmers saving local seeds – farm tour

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  Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers Garden Tour- Sunday, September 21 – Local Farmers Saving Local Seeds The Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers (CVGSS) are hosting their 2014 Garden Tour on Sunday, September 21. Meet at 1821 Anderton Road, Comox (by the Natural Pastures sign); the tour begins at 10:00 am. Our theme …

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Sep 05 2014

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 …

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Aug 26 2014

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 …

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Jun 03 2014

Saving Kale seeds

I have two varieties of kale and want to save seeds from both of them. One has smooth, tender green leaves, the tenderest kale I have ever grown. The other is a deep purple frilly kale, rich in anthocyanins and vitamin K. To stop the from cross pollinating I cut the developing flowers off the …

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Mar 06 2014

BECOME A SEED CURATOR

BE PART OF YOUR COMMUNITY SEED BANK BECOME A SEED CURATOR Here’s how: 1. The CV Seed Bank supplies you with seeds (you choose from a list). 2. You grow these seeds, enjoy the harvest, let a few of the best plants go to seed. Throughout the season, keep a few simple notes on how …

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Jan 14 2014

Seed cleaning session Sunday February 2, at Amara Farm

The next seed cleaning session will be Sunday February 2, 1 to 4 pm at Amara Farm.  The winnower and the thresher will be in the greenhouse nearest the gate at 2641 Kirby Road.   The equipment will be moved to Amara farm from Lush Valley where it has been.  This will be a more …

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