Seed Saving 101


  • 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 chaff, it’s tedious, but worth the effort. Whether you have leaf, grain or ornamental amaranth, you can eat the seeds and so can the birds if you leave some seed heads intact.
  • Seed Viability – 2 years.
  • Isolation Distance – 3km recommended, up to 30% wind pollination possible.
  • [important]Asparagus[/important]

    • Method of Pollination – Perennial vegetable that produces seed in the second year, it is insect pollinated, but there are only a few varieties available, so cross-pollination is less of a worry than selecting a variety that produces female spears, as there are now hybrid crowns available that are all male.
    • Time to Harvest Seeds – The female crowns produce small red berries, wait until the ferny foliage begins to droop in the fall, then collect the berries and soak them in cool water. After an hour squish the berries in your hands to separate the seeds from the pulp. Spread out the separated seeds to dry thoroughly, and store in a cool dry place. It takes 3- 4 years for a seed to sprout, grow and produce spears for harvest.
    • Special Instructions – There is little difference between wild asparagus and domesticated, so collecting wild seeds is perfectly acceptable.
    • Seed Viability – 3 years
    • Isolation Distance – Not a concern
  • [important]Beans[/important]

    • Method of Pollination – Self pollinating. Bees will occasionally cross pollinate bean varieties but the flowers are self fertile and often self pollinate.
    • Time to harvest seeds – Bean seeds are ready to harvest about six weeks after the “green” beans are harvested. The seeds will rattle in the dry pods by then, pull up the entire plant on a dry afternoon and hang upside down for a week. Thresh the beans into a clean bucket or garbage can. Leave the beans on a screen to dry some more if you can bite a bean and leave a dent.
    • Seed Viability – Seeds kept in a cool dry place in a paper bag will keep for three years.
    • Special Instructions – Beans occasionally get a pest called the bean weevil, if you see any holes drilled in the bean seed jacket, dispose of the damaged beans in the garbage, and freeze all remaining beans for up to one week in a sealed container.
    • Isolation Distance – Bush Beans and Pole beans 50m, except Scarlet Runner 800m.
  • [important]Beets[/important]

    • Method of Pollination – Beet pollen travels long distances, and will readily cross with Swiss chard and other beets. Beets are biennial, and need to overwinter, in the Pacific Northwest a cloche will protect them from hard freezing, and also keep the seed pure when the seed stalk comes up in the second year.
    • Time to Harvest Seeds – Harvest the seed stalk when the seed balls turn brown (there are actually 5-6 seeds in each nugget). Hang the stalk upside down to dry for about a week, then strip the seed balls from the stalks and pour them from one container to another, facing away from the wind, to remove chaff.
    • Seed Viability – 4 years
    • Isolation Distance – 3-8 km
  • [important]Broccoli[/important]

    • Method of Pollination – Cross pollinated by insects. Will cross with Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and kohlrabi also check the ingredients in Chinese greens mixes. Insects can carry pollen for miles, so it is recommended that you only allow one member of the cabbage family to go to seed each year.
    • Time to harvest seeds – Wait till most of the seed pods are dry, plump and brown, cut the plant down and hang it upside down to dry for about a week. Put the whole plant in a paper bag and roll it gently with a rolling pin, pour the seeds and chaff onto a screen, and winnow out the seeds onto newspaper. Fold the newspaper along the crease and pour seeds into a sealed container.
    • Special Instructions – Most varieties of broccoli are F1 Hybrids, look for heritage varieties like Italian overwintering.
    • Seed Viability – 5 years, and they produce thousands per plant.
    • Isolation Distance – 1.6km except arugula, 800m
  • [important]Cabbage[/important]

    • Method of Pollination – Cabbage is a biennial that will crack open in the second year and send up a stalk, children find this very entertaining, and will believe you if you tell them the cabbage exploded. Cabbage will cross with broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, kohlrabi and cauliflower. Separate these by at least 200 ft. Better yet, set up a four year seed rotation. It is necessary to overwinter at least three plants to insure pollination. A cloche of remay cloth protects and isolates cabbages quite well. Time to Harvest: Collect the seed when the seed pods turn yellow. Some seeds will scatter by themselves, but a plant produces thousands. I hang the stalks in a pillowcase to dry for a week, then beat the pillowcase and pass the seeds through a screen.
    • Seed Viability – 5 years
    • Isolation Distance – 1.6 km
  • [important]Carrots[/important]

    • Method of Pollination – Carrots are a biennial that will cross with the native weed Queen Anne’s Lace if it is blooming within 1000 ft. If you have to leave the Queen Anne’s Lace because it is a host plant for beneficial insects, isolate your carrots with a cloche.
    • Time to Harvest Seeds – The flat seed heads turn brown in the early fall. It is a good idea to put a paper bag over the seed heads when the top seeds begin to turn colour, since the seeds scatter readily, and you can’t harvest them early if you want them to germinate. When the paper bags rattle with loose seeds, cut the stalks and hang to dry for a week, rub the seed heads on a screen, and save the seeds in a cool dry place.
    • Seed Viability – 3 years
    • Isolation Distance – must isolate with a cloche and hand pollinate.
  • [important]Chives[/important]

    • Method of Pollination – Chives are bee pollinated perennials that will not cross with any onion or leek.
    • Time to Harvest Seeds – When the flowers turn brown, and the shiny black seeds are visible, cut the flower stalks and leave them in a paper bag to dry for one week, just shaking the bag should remove most of the seeds. Pour from one container to another on a breezy day to remove chaff.
    • Seed Viability – 1-2 years
    • Isolation Distance – 1.6km
  • [important]Corn[/important]

    • Method of Pollination – Corn is wind pollinated, and will cross pollinate with corn up to 3.2 km upwind.
    • Time to Harvest Seeds – Corn kernels are ready to harvest about a month after the tassels dry and the corn is ready to eat. Corn is susceptible to inbreeding, and also racoons. To avoid inbreeding harvest kernels from several different plants by peeling back the husks and tying the cobs together and hanging them for a few weeks. Rub the dry kernels off the cobs and store them in a paper bag. The only thing I’ve found that works on raccoons is an electric fence.
    • Seed Viability – 2 years.
    • Special Instructions – The sweeter the corn variety, the more susceptible the sown kernels are to rotting. If corn borers are a problem soak seeds in a strong tea made from butterfly weed or English ivy before planting.
    • Isolation Distance – 3.2 km, recommend Seed to Seed book for a good method of isolating corn ears with paper bags.
  • [important]Cucumber[/important]

    • Method of Pollination – Easily pollinated by hand in the greenhouse or by insects outdoors. Each plant has both male and female flowers, the females are easy to recognize by the tiny green swelling at the base of the flower that will become the cucumber. Cucumbers need to be 200ft from other cucumbers, but can be safely planted with melons and squashes.
    • Time to Harvest Seeds – Harvest the cucumbers for seed about five weeks after they are ripe for eating. They are not damaged by light frost, and should have turned yellow. Scoop seed pulp into a jar and leave for several days to ferment, add water, pour off floating debris and spread out the seeds that sink on a paper towel to dry.
    • Seed Viability – 5 years
    • Isolation Distance – 800m, recommend bagging and hand pollinating, see CVGSS website, Demo Garden page for a how to.
  • [important]Kale[/important]

    • Method of Pollination – Kale is in the cabbage family, it flowers in the second year and will cross with cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi and cauliflower. Separate these by at least 1000 ft. Better yet, set up a four year seed rotation. It is necessary to overwinter at least three plants to ensure pollination, plants are not normally self fertile. A cloche of reemay cloth protects and isolates varieties for hand pollination. Time to Harvest: Collect the seed when the seed pods turn yellow. Dry the stalks and then crush them up with a rolling pin and a pillow case, or by feet. Separate the chaff and allow to dry well before storing.
    • Seed Viability – 5 years
    • Isolation Distance – 1.6 km
  • [important]Leeks[/important]

    • Method of Pollination – Leeks are bee pollinated biennials that don’t cross with onions or chives. Stagger leek varieties so they don’t bloom at the same time to prevent cross pollination. Leeks will also propagate asexually by bulblets around the base of the plant. Check for them in the second spring.
    • Time to Harvest Seeds – When the seed heads turn brown and the black seeds are visible, cut the stalks and put them in a paper bag, after a week shake the bag, and winnow the chaff by pouring the seeds from one container to another on a breezy day.
    • Seed Viability – 3 years
    • Isolation Distance – 1.6km
  • [important]Lettuce[/important]

    • Method of Pollination – Lettuce is self pollinating, but it may cross if grown side by side.
    • Time to Harvest Seeds – Lettuce bolts in hot weather, producing a tall pagoda shape in leaf lettuce, and by cracking an X in the top of head lettuce as the seed stalk emerges. Lettuce seed ripens over time and scatters everywhere, if you don’t mind shaking out the seeds a bit at a time this is fine, one lettuce can produce 30,000 seeds after all. If you’d rather collect them all together, tie a mesh bag or old pantyhose over your lettuce stalk. Remember, you want the seeds from the plant that bolted last, we don’t want to breed lettuce for speed.
    • Seed Viability – 5 years
    • Isolation Distance: 3-8m
  • [important]Onions (Allium Cepa)[/important]

    • Method of Pollination – Onions are bee pollinated biennials that will cross with any other blooming onions within 100 ft. Onions won’t cross with leeks or chives. Although they have few enemies, they can’t handle competition with weeds, and need a light straw mulch for water conservation.
    • Time to Harvest Seeds – In the second summer onions produce seed heads, when they turn brown and the black seeds start to appear, cut the whole stalk and put it in a paper bag to dry for a week, shake the bag and collect the seeds. Winnow the chaff by pouring the seeds from one container to another on a breezy day.
    • Seed Viability – 1-2 years
    • Special Instructions – Sweet onions are not good keepers, plan to overwinter these in the ground and ensure dry soil (raised bed is ideal).
    • Isolation Distance – 1.6 km
  • [important]Parsnip[/important]

    • Method of Pollination – This biennial doesn’t cross with carrots or Queen Anne’s Lace. Insect pollination is most common, with some self fertilization between different ages of umbels on the same plant.
    • Method of Harvest-  Collect the umbels when they are mature, often only a few are brown and dry at a time.
    • Seed Viability: 2 years.
  • [important]Peas[/important]

    • Method of Pollination – Peas self pollinate, bees will occasionally cross pollinate plants closer than 15 ft apart. Planting a tall barrier crop such as sunflowers can help prevent this, as does planting different varieties, like sugar peas near snap peas, instead of two types of snap peas.
    • Time to Harvest Seeds – About a month after the eating peas are ready the seed peas have dried and are rattling in the pods. Pull up the whole plant on a dry afternoon and hang it for a couple weeks. Strip the peas out of the pods, or thresh them in a wool blanket, the chaff should stick to the blanket, and the peas should roll down.
    • Seed Viability – 3 years
    • Isolation Distance – 100m if possible, at least 15 recommended.
  • [important]Peppers[/important]

    • Method of Pollination – Pepper flowers contain both male and female parts and pollinate themselves. If you can grow peppers outdoors, it is best to keep different varieties 50 ft apart to prevent bees from cross pollinating them. In the greenhouse gently shake the flowers to pollinate them.
    • Time to Harvest Seeds – Wait until the pepper is overripe and the skin starts to pucker. Cut open the pepper, and leave the seeds on paper to dry for a week or two without washing them.
    • Seed Viability – About 2 years
    • Isolation Distance – 165m
  • [important]Radishes[/important]

    • Method of Pollination – Radishes are pollinated by bees and will cross with radishes from your own and neighbouring yards. Only allow one radish variety to go to seed per year.
    • Time to Harvest Seeds – When the seed pods turn brown and the seeds inside are plump and yellow it is time to collect the seeds. Pull up the whole plant and let it dry for a few weeks. Put the seed pods in a pillowcase and roll them lightly with a rolling pin. The seeds turn brown as they dry, save them in sealed containers.
    • Seed Viability – 5 years
    • Isolation Distance – 800m
  • [important]Spinach[/important]

    • Method of Pollination – Spinach is wind pollinated. To further complicate matters, most spinach bears male and female flowers on separate plants so isolating a single plant amounts to birth control. The best way around this is to grow a monoecious variety (both male and female) and bag it when the flowers appear, or to put reemay cloth over your spinach row and shake them gently when the tiny flowers appear.
    • Time to Harvest Seeds – When the spinach leaves turn yellow strip of the seeds with your hands and dry them thoroughly on paper before storing them in a sealed container in a cool dry place.
    • Special instructions – Perpetual spinach is not related to spinach (spinacia oleracea) and will not cross pollinate.
    • Seed Viability – 5 years
    • Isolation Distance – 8km
  • [important]Squash (Cucurbita family)[/important]

    • Method of Pollination – Squash is insect pollinated, so squash should be bagged and hand pollinated then tagged with yarn to insure pure seed. Note that squash from different families can be grown together, like Maxima pumpkins and Pepo summer squash. Compare family names to be sure your squash won’t cross pollinate.
    • Time to Harvest Seeds – Allow squash vines to die back before harvesting squash for seed, you can keep the squash for months before eating if you keep unmarred ones and wipe them with a damp cloth. To harvest seeds, rinse seed pulp in cold water, squishing it in your hands so that pulp and flat, non-viable seeds float up, collect the large plump seeds at the bottom and spread them out on paper to dry completely.
    • Seed Viability – 4 years
    • Isolation Distance – 800 m
  • [important]Tomatoes[/important]

    • Method of Pollination – Tomatoes have flowers with both male and female parts, so they are usually self-pollinating, bees may cross pollinate varieties less than 10 ft apart.
    • Time to Harvest Seeds – Wait until fruit is over ripe before picking, a thumb pressed into the fruit will leave a dent. Scoop out the seeds and pulp and put them in a jar to ferment. After several days add water and pour off floating debris. Sinking seeds can be spread on paper towel and dried completely.
    • Seed Viability – 4 years.
    • Isolation Distance – Self fertile

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Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers Monthly Meetings


Monthly Meetings are scheduled for every first Thursday of the month.

  • Time: Starting at 7 pm, and held at Creekside Commons, 2202 Lambert, Courtenay.
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  • Please watch for parking guides. Creekside Commons is a shoes-off sort of place, so bring slippers, and a mug. Or click here to view a Google map.

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Seed Saving Information

Choosing Seeds to Save

Please let us know if you are growing seeds for the Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers Society,
so that we may add your seeds to our data base.

Seed packaging bees‘ take place throughout the
winter. Also, please contact us if you have space in your plot to grow some of the Society’s special
seeds, and we will make arrangements to get them to you.



Seed Database Form Guide and Seed Saving Tips

In order to have outstanding vegetable and flower production, seeds need to be kept clean and free
from unwanted cross-pollination.

  • Seeds must be from open pollinated varieties and not a hybrid (F1), and preferably locally produced.
  • Seeds from other locations must have their locations identified.
  • Choose seeds from plants with good form and vigour, good taste and size, resistant to disease and for greens and herbs, slow to go to seed.
  • Reliable plants to collect seeds from are: spinach, lettuce, arugula and cilantro.
  • Peas, beans and tomato are self-pollinating and any fruit collected should be based on the overall plant and not just on the earliest fruit production, although this should be one of the criteria.
  • Label the early fruit for seed saving, not eating.
  • Collect seeds from plants such as leeks, parsnips and parsley the second year.
  • Collect the seeds in well labeled paper bags and ensure they are well dried before storing.
  • Refer to the book ‘How to Save Your Own Vegetable Seeds’, published by Seeds of Diversity, Canada, for details on requirements for plant spacing in the garden, and for clear seed saving guidelines. This book is available for purchase though the Comox Valley Growers &Seed Savers.
  • Please download and print the data sheet below to sort and itemize your seeds….

~ click here to view or download a seed data form ~

Seed Data Form Index

  • Garden Location – May include neighbourhood, mini geoclimatic zone, and/or street address.
  • Species – Refers to common species name (i.e. pole bean).
  • Variety- Refers to: common variety name (e.g. Blue Lake).
  • Isolation Distance – Distance to other plants of same species, or description of method of isolation to prevent unwanted crossing.
  • # Plants – Number of parent plants grown, necessary to insure genetic diversity and to prevent “bottle necking”.
  • Garden Location – Any other information from what was listed above.
  • History – Seed source, unique characteristics which may include: disease resistance, early vs late blooming, height, flower colour, or other history and interesting information.


Packaging Seeds Tables

Seed Saving

Link to excellent article by Dan Jason of Salt Spring Seeds.


Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers 2019 Organic Seed Production Bursary

Do you want to learn more about producing organic seeds? Want to learn about their commercial production, harvesting, quality, marketing, breeding and more? Want to build your own business following your own unique seed-farm business plan?

If so, the Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers are looking for YOU!

CVGSS is offering a full scholarship to one of our farmers to take Canadian Organic Growers 2019 intermediate online Organic Seed Production course and practicum.

From Canadian Organic Growers website (

The course will focus on building the competencies needed for successful, commercial organic seed producers. Modules covered in this certificate program include:

  1. Organic Farming Practices

  2. Organic Seed Production and Harvesting

  3. Organic Seed Quality Assurance

  4. The Business of Organic Seed Production

  5. On-Farm Organic Plant Breeding’

For all of the details go to:

For the successful applicant, CVGSS will cover:

  1. $1,000 up front for tuition fees and books with the balance reimbursed upon successful completion. Total $1,100 + taxes.

  2. $350.00 up front for the practicum with the balance reimbursed upon successful completion. Total $400.00 + taxes.

We are looking for:

  • A Comox Valley area commercial farmer with a minimum of 2 years commercial production and sales

  • With Secure access to owned or leased land

  • Who is Organic certified or working towards certification

  • Who wants to start or expand commercial seed production

The course starts April 8th with a registration deadline of March 24. To provide enough time to assess applications, CVGSS requests all applications be in by March 15, 2019.

2019 Organic Seed Production Bursary Application

  • Tell us about your farm and business. These are our main questions but please do not hesitate to add any additional information that you think would be helpful.

  • For more information, contact Dianna Talbot at 250-339-4042

    Applications will be reviewed and approved by the board of the Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers

December 6th meeting 2018

As is our custom our last meeting of the year is a potluck get-together. Bring a dish to share and please list the ingredients so we can be aware of anything that might not agree with us. Please feel free to bring partner, spouse, friend or children.

We will start a bit earlier than usual – at 6pm

After the dinner we will have an open discussion about our best books and /or web sites, so make sure you bring that information along so that you can share with the rest of the group.
The address is Creekside Commons 2202 Lambert Dr Courtenay and John Blythe will be there to direct you to suitable parking.
Remember to bring slippers

November 1st 2018 Monthly meeting

Tomatoes in Greenhouse

This month the topic of discussion at our meeting will be “What vegetables are you harvesting from your garden this week and when did you plants them?” The second part of the question is “What part of the Comox valley do you live?”

It would be of benefit to our members if we could give them some idea of when to plant each crop in order to have fall and winter vegetables. So do a stroll round your garden and make a note of what has survived our first frosts and is ready for consumption and let us know.

The meetings are at Creekside Commons on Lambert Drive, Courtenay. Light snacks are provided after the discussion – time to get to know each other and carry on the conversation.

bring slippers and seeds for the seed exchange.


Monthly meeting September 6th 2018

September 6th at 7.00 we will be meeting once again, at Creekside Commons, Lambert Drive Courtenay.

Our theme for this evening will be a round table to hear from everyone about their successes and failures so far this year so bring your stories to share.

June 7th Monthly meeting and AGM

In June we have our AGM with the election of board members new and old.

Bernice Takahashi, who has looked after membership most efficiently for many years, will be stepping down.

Lynda Smith, who has been keeping our Facebook up to date, will also be leaving.

Please contact us if you would like to serve on the board.

Our very special guest speaker for the evening is Dirk Becker.

Dirk becker

Some years back he and his partner, Nicole, converted and old gravel pit into an oasis of fruit and vegetable plants,on 2.5 acres in Lantzville. They had to fight with the city and neighbours for the right to grow food. They won the battle but decided to sell and move to Errington and start again in a more supportive community.

He offers hands–on demonstrations and runs a variety of practical workshops at the farm where he uses simple, biointensive methods..

Over 20 years of activism and a lot of fighting against things, now his new direction is one targeted at creating things in order to facilitate real change.

Charismatic, funny and well–informed, Dirk Becker is a Sustainability Guru. His timely message reaches thousands of people through newspaper and magazine articles, at public education forums, across the internet and over the airwaves.

After the talk refreshments will be served and time for socializing.

The meeting begins at 7.00 and is held at 2202 Lambeth Drive Courtenay. This is the community of Creekside Commons and we are grateful for the use of their facilities through our board member Leona Wall.

Monthly meeting June7th

This meeting is our AGM and we will be saying goodbye to a couple of Board members and we hope to welcome a few new ones. If you would like to serve on the board please contact us at

We have invited a very special speaker, Dirk Becker. Some of you already know him.

He describes himself as;

Farmer, Agricultural Advocate, Permaculturalist, Local Self Reliance Workshop Teacher, Instructor and more.

Transfarmation – More than farming: 

May 3rd Meeting – 2018

Our speaker for this May meeting will be Kathy Dunster from Denman island.

Kathys is a Faculty Member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, School of Horticulture

Kathy Dunster, PhD Instructor of Urban Ecosystems Kathy Dunster has an undergraduate degree in Recreation Education (BRE) from UBC with a focus on outdoor leisure spaces – from playgrounds to provincial parks and beyond. She obtained a MLArch degree from the University of Guelph where her thesis research examined the landscape ecology of regions and the reconnection of fragmented habitats across urban, per-urban, and rural landscapes. Her PhD in Biogeography & Plant Ecology is from the University of Toronto where her research and dissertation looked at the ecology and survival of Dwarf hackberry (Celtis tenuifolia Nutt.), a Canadian species at risk. Kathy is a registered landscape architect (MBCSLA) and a registered professional biologist (RPBio) in BC and a registered member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Since 1987 her professional practice has focused on numerous projects that address the inventory, planning, conservation, and management of natural and cultural landscapes, ecosystem restoration, and integrated ecological landscape design at many different scales. She has extensive experience working with grassroots groups using community mapping as a technique for participatory action research in exploration of local community distinctiveness (what makes a place special) and local planning. She has a long history of involvement with community-based social and environmental justice organizations in various parts of Canada. Her current research interests are the integration of food, health, and ecosystem wellbeing in urban environments and the everyday landscape which includes: social landscape design, living roof designs for all (but especially invertebrate habitat, species at risk, and food production); learning landscapes; bioregional ethnobotany; community mapping and green mapping; and exploring the wicked problem of how post-disaster landscapes can be better designed to meet human needs when temporary settlement becomes permanent. Her other research interests include feminist cartography, islands, conceptual art in the landscape, and good practices. Her many other interests include letterpress printing, bicycling, graffiti & stencilling, appropriate technology and natural building construction, conservation of late

She has specialized in flax selections for small scale gardens but she’ll speak on other crops as well. 

Her interest is  “Unusual Native Plants”

Our meetings are held at Creekside commons, Lambeth Drive and start at 7.00.

April 5th 2018 meeting – Fruit trees and getting your seeds started.

The membership meeting in April will have two speakers.

Sylvain Alie, our chair, will talk about getting our seeds started and will answer your seedling related questions.          On his farm. Stella Raven, he and his wife Royann start 100’s of seedlings every year and have surely learnt the do’s and don’ts the hard way.

Rod Heitzmann from Creekside Commons has agreed to do a presentation  on growing heritage apple trees in the Comox Valley.
He has planted and cared for the apple trees at Creekside for the last 10 years. He will answer questions not only about apple trees but blueberries etc.
The meeting will begin at 7.00 and will be followed by some snacks from Sonja, a bit of Eduardo’s chili left over from Seedy Saturday and some of Linda’s freshly made cornbread.
All are welcome. Members pay nothing and anyone else is by donation.

February 8th seed saver meeting 2018

Please note that this month the meeting will be on the second Thurday of the month due to room booking problems at Creekside.

Also please note that we do not have a meeting in March because we have Seedy Saturday instead.

In February our speaker will be Michael-Anthony.

Michael-Anthony owns/operates Toadstools and Handtools Farm with his partner Jessica. The farm produces certified organic vegetables and mushrooms using regenerative agriculture techniques. Before turning to farming, Michael-Anthony was pursuing a career in academia and performed research as a forensic psychologist.

Michael-Anthony and Jessica

This talk will cover a broad spectrum of growing methods for the production of oyster mushrooms and explore what sustainable food can mean in relation to mushroom farming.

Before the main speaker we would like everyone present to introduce themselves and briefly describe their garden and what they love to grow.
The meeting is held at Creekside Commons, Lamberth Drive, Courteny and begins at 7.00.