Category: Resources

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

New website for the Bauta Family Initiative On Canadian Seed Security

Here is the new website for the Bauta Family Initiative On Canadian Seed Security – http://www.seedsecurity.ca/en/. This program is delivered by USC Canada (http://www.usc-canada.org/), in partnership with Seeds of Diversity Canada (http://www.seeds.ca/) and through the support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation (http://www.westonfoundation.org/). It was one of the main topics of the “BC Seeds Gathering” …

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How to Build Healthy Soil – A presentation by Connie Kuramoto

Below is a link to 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]

Crop Record Form 2013

[important]Link to CV Seed Bank Crop Record form.[/important] Calling all seed savers!  Now is the time to be planning which seeds you are going to save this season.  Please keep in mind the Seed Bank Wishlist and the CV Seed Bank Crop Record form.  Keeping records is beneficial in any case, but it is essential if you are …

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SQUASH FAMILY CROSSES, By Nick Guthrie

Members of the Squash (or Cucurbitacaea) family are many and varied – in size, shape, colour, & storability. Most of those grown in this area (unless you are growing exotics) fall into 3 species – Cucurbita ‘maxima’, C. ‘moschata’, and C. ‘pepo’. Those that have outstanding keeping qualities and drier flesh are usually referred to …

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SOME VEGGIE SEED SAVING, by Nick Guthrie

All the plants we want to save for seeds: must be non-hybrid – often designated as open pollinated, – and non GMO. must be properly named – ensure that the name is one which is not used only in Courtenay but in Canada generally. This may be difficult to ascertain. As a last resort simply …

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OPEN vs. HYBRID PLANTS vs. GMO (or GE) PLANTS, by Nick Guthrie

Nick standing in front of a scarlet runner bean covered arch

One of our goals in CVGSS is to share vegetable seeds among us which breed “true”, that is, will go from seed-to-plant-to-seed giving reliable production of the same features for planted generations to come. In the plants coming from the seeds in any one CVCGSS envelope, there will be small but acceptable variations in size …

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The Comox Valley Seed Bank – A CVGSS Project

[important]Why do we need a Seed Bank?[/important] If we had been asking this question ten years or so ago, when Seedy Saturday was a new event here in the Comox Valley, some of the answers would be different than they are today. Some would be the same:  growing heritage seeds and saving them for the …

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How can you be involved in the Seed Bank?

Link to pdf: HOW CAN YOU BE INVOLVED IN THE SEED BANK The Comox Valley Seed Bank is now almost one year old and starting its second season of growing and saving seeds.  The core team members  produced an impressive variety of  seeds in 2012, which were packed, labelled and stored in two identical bins, …

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CV Seed Bank – Wish List 2013

Here’s a link to our Seed Bank Wish List for 2013 CV Seed Bank Wish List Jan 2013

CV Seed Bank Seeds – January 2013

Here’s a link to a pdf of the seeds we have as of January, 2013 CV Seed Bank Jan 2013 Seed List