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 cvseedsavers@gmail.com.

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.

www.facebook.com/transfarmation

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.

January 2018 monthly meeting

January 4th at 7 pm at Creekside Commons.

Our speakers will be Dianna Talbot and Lynda Smyth sharing with us the highlights of their weekend at the Seed Gathering on the mainland this past November.

CVGSS sponsored these 2 members and also 3 local farmers, helping with travel costs and entry fees.

Local attendees at seed gathering,

For more information on the BC Seed Gathering – http://www.bcseeds.org/gathering/

They have made the speaker presentations and handouts available to all at the above site.

 

December 7th Monthly meeting Lucy speaks about potatoes

Our end of year potluck is the final celebration of a year of gardening and harvesting. The evening started with the potluck and was followed by a talk by  Lucie DesJarlais disclosed her secrets about how to grow and enjoy potatoes all the year round. Here is her handout about how to do it.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_rfPRezZsufMkVYQXNNRzNYbVFrME5jNlRqWW4tRVltbVBB/view?usp=sharing

Spuds… keep’m in the ground?

Lucie Desjarlais

Stotan Falls Farm

stotanfarm@gmail.com

Lucy says, “My technique of keeping potatoes in the ground………”. to read more click onlink above.

 

Lucie grows amazing potatoes as you can see. Hopefully we will now be able to do it ourselves.

 

Monthly Meeting 2nd November 2017

Meeting regretfuly cancelled due to heavy snow and unplowed roads to Creekside.

Monthly meeting October 5th 2017

Our monthly meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of the month at Creekside commons, Lambeth Drive Courtenay, at 7.00 pm.

This month we will start with a discussion from members on the pests, diseases and problems they have encoutered this year and their solutions.

This will be followed by our guest speaker, Derrick Pawlowski who will talk about the good and bad times he’s had in starting a new farm here in the Comox Valley. The name of his farm is Coastal Rainforest Farm.

Derrick Trained at UBC from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, with a focus on sustainable agriculture.

September 2017 meeting

Our meeting  on the 7th September was well attended with our guest speaker Arzeena Hammir.

Arzeena says, “The Cooperative Movement in Italy is one of the strongest in the world, based primarily in the Bologna region.”
This past June, Arzeena Hamir was invited by VanCity Credit Union to join a tour of food and farming cooperatives in that area.
She visited small land sharing cooperatives of 3 members up to farmer cooperatives of 4000 family farms and brings back the lessons she learned from the trip.
It was thought provoking and the visuals of Italian food and vegetables were mouth watering.

Volunteer appreciation BBQ

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All those who have volunteered with the Seed Savers this past year are invited to a BBQ on August 13th at Innisfree Farm in Royston.

The BBQ will be from 4 till 7.00 so please mark your calendars.

There are trees for shade and a little pond to cool off in.

Nearer the time we will ask for your burger preferences etc.

You are invited to bring your children, partner or best friend but not your pets.

Innifree Farm is the home of Chancal and Thierry – for more details checkout their websiteand their Facebook page.

https://www.innisfreefarm.ca/

The address is 3636Trent Rd, off Royston Rd.