Category: Resources

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

Comox Valley Community Seed Bank – Mission Statement

a dry pod of pea seed ready to harvest

[important]The Seed Bank is a project of Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers.  Its purpose is to preserve and maintain a collection of viable, open-pollinated, non-GMO, organically grown food seeds that are well-adapted to the growing conditions of the Comox Valley.[/important]

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.

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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The Comox Valley Seed Bank, January 2013

  Don’t miss the article on the Comox Valley Seed Bank: [important]   Why do we need a seed bank?   [/important]

Lettuce Grow! – Upcoming Workshops

New Workshops for Winter 2013! Learn about food, gardening and farming at North Island College, Campbell River location. There is limited space for each workshop and some SOLD OUT last term, so register soon to ensure your seat at www.nic.bc.ca/continuingeducation. Farming for Profit GENI-7930 Sat, Jan. 12, 10 am-4 pm $55 Join local experts Gary Rolston …

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BC Seeds Gathering 2012 Videos

Click on the pictures below to navigate to the videos on YouTube. BC Seeds Gathering 2012: Harold Steves on alfalfa BC Seeds Gathering 2012 – Don Tipping BC Seeds Gathering – Opening Session – PART 1 BC Seeds Gathering – Opening Session – PART 2

Seed Works Video Series: Brassica seed

BC Seeds, a project of Farm Folk City Folk, has a new series out: This series of short videos covers introductory seed saving practices with Patrick Steiner of Stellar Seeds, Jon Alcock of Sunshine Farms and David Catzel of Fraser Common Farm. Filmed on location on working farms, the series provides the next bext thing …

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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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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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Thimbleberry Soda from Amara Farm

This is a 2 step process that requires making a shredded ginger “bug” or starter. Then, you make a syrup using 4 L water, 2 cups of sugar & any flavoring ( 1 cup thimbleberry this time). Syrup needs to boil & then cool overnight, add about 1/4 cup of “bug” into each jar & …

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