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

2016 BBQ small)

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.

AGM 2017

CV Growers and Seed Savers held their AGM on June 1st  2017.

A few people availed themselves of the offer to tour Creekside Commons before the meeting.

The old board was re-elected and two new members, Lynda Smith and Peter Polson agreed to join the team.

Our speaker at this meeting was Dan Jason. Dan  lives on Salt Spring Island, BC, where he founded the mail-order seed company Salt Spring Seeds. He has written many bestselling books about growing and preparing food sustainably, including most recently The Power of Pulses.

Dan Jason

Dan Jason

Books and links for seed savers

Books

Seed to Seed – Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners – Suzanne Ashworth

Saving Seeds As if Our Lives Depended On It – Dan Jason

Organic Seed Grower – John Navazio

Organic Seed Production and Saving The Wisdom of Plant Heritage – Bryan Connolly

The Complete Guide to Seed Saving – Cheryl Moore-Gough & Robert Gough

The Manual of Seed Saving – Andrea Heistinger

The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food – Janisse Ray

Other Resources

Annapolis Valley Heritage Seeds
A budding Nova Scotian company selling hand grown, open-pollinated, non-genetically modified seeds.

Avant-Gardening: Creative Organic Gardening
YOU CAN GROW! Information about Sustainable Organic Gardening and Personal Growth, Soil Building, Composting, Biodiversity and Genetic Engineering, Seed Starting Guide, Companion and Intensive Planting, Organic Pest Control, Garden Design, Permaculture, Xeriscape, Workshops, Newsletter Archives, Virtual Photo Tours, Resources and more!

Foraging With the “Wildman
Learn about edible and medicinal wild vegetables, herbs, greens, fruits, berries, nuts, seeds, and mushrooms with NYC’s favorite naturalist, “Wildman” Steve Brill. Find out about his public Wild Food and Ecology tours in local parks, and the work he does with kids. Read excerpts from his books, enjoy his botanical artwork and vegetarian recipes, and find out what happened after he was arrested and handcuffed by undercover NYC park rangers for eating a dandelion in Central Park!

Gardening With Heirloom Seeds, by Lynn Coulter

Heirloom Vegetable Archive
An on-line collection of images and histories for almost 1000 garlic, pepper, and tomato varieties.

Helping Nature Heal
Organic Gardening, Eco-Landscape Design & Educational Services including Horticultural Therapy, workshops, outdoor classrooms & ezine.

Mumm’s Sprouting Seeds
Mumm’s Sprouting Seeds sells certified organic seed, to sprout at home, or for commercial sprouters.

Nanaimo Horticultural Society
Meeting for over 60 years, our Central Island Club has a wealth of information for gardeners on the west coast. Our monthly meetings include a Seed Exchange.

One United Resource Eco Village

Organic Farming Institute of BC
On-line and practical field training courses in Organic Farming.

Organic gardening
Visit the GardenZone to find out how to grow and use organic herbs. Comprehensive information on 160 different herbs, listed under both Common and Latin names, Learn how to grow, store and use them for medicine, cooking and decorative uses.

Organic Garden Info
Organic Gardening Information Helping You Grow Your Own Food.

Organic Volunteers

Permaculture Education
Get the best in permaculture education at Common Circle.

Saving Our Seeds
Promoting sustainable, ecological, organic vegetable seed production in the Mid-Atlantic and South.

Sunshine Farm
Certified Organic Seed Catalogue featuring especially rare and unusual varieties of vegetables and herbs. Check out our tomatoes!

USC Canada promotes vibrant family farms, strong rural communities, and healthy ecosystems around the world. With engaged Canadians and partners in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, the organization supports programs, training, and policies that strengthen biodiversity, food sovereignty, and the rights of those at the heart of resilient food systems – women, indigenous peoples, and small-scale farmers.”

April 6th and May 4th 2017 Monthly meetings

Our next meeting will be on 6th April at 7.00 pm.

Our topic is “how to grow the best tomatoes” with a few words from the experts and time for everyone to share their growing tips or questions.

Brown Berry Cherry Tomato

Brown Berry Cherry Tomato

Striped Cavern Stuffing Tomato

Striped Cavern Stuffing Tomato

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As usual, our meeting will be held at Creekside Commons. 2202 Lambert Drive. Courtenay.

Light refreshments will be served after the speaker.

On May 4, Catherine Reid will be bringing a worm bin to the meeting and will answer all your questions – even those you didn’t know you had – about vermicomposting.  Red wiggler worms simply love eating kitchen scraps, turning them into dark, sweet-smelling, microbial-rich fertilizer for your garden.

Membership can be renewed and membership cards picked up.

Any questions? Email us at cvseedsavers@gmail.com

Using the Winnower

Early in 2013, the Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers  purchased a hand-powered seed winnower in order to make seed cleaning easier for its members and for local farmers.  A number of the Board Members had seen the winnower in action at a Seed Conference in Richmond November 2012 and were greatly impressed.

The Seed Winnower ‘lives” at Amara Farm in Merville. If you’re interested in using it, please email the seed savers at cvseedsavers@gmail.com

 The CVGSS will be hosting some seed cleaning parties so keep checking back at the menu item ‘winnower posts’.

INFORMATION AND RULES FOR USEwinnower 2

– The winnower is for the use and benefit of the CVGSS membership.

– It was purchased spring 2013 by Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers.

– This machine does not need to be plugged in or gassed-up, so it is not only environmentally friendly, but also QUIET.

– It is ordinarily kept and used at Amara Farm, home of Arzeena Hamir, in Merville.

– A “Qualified Operator” must operate, or be present and supervise the operation of the winnower.  These people are listed on the Qualified Operators List, kept with the winnower and shown below.

– The objective of the Qualified Operators List is that someone with experience in the operation and care of the winnower will be present to ensure it is used properly and to help get the best results possible given its design and capabilities.

– CVGSS members may contribute with an optional donation when using the winnower.

– CVGSS members that are cleaning seed for commercial purposes are to pay 15.00$/hour with a one hour minimum.  This is payable in cash or cheque to the Qualified Operator attending.  A receipt will be issued if desired.

– Non-members that would like to use the winnower are encouraged to join CVGSS (20$) and have access to this community resource.  The easiest way to do this is to email us at cvseedsavers@gmail.com or attend a monthly meeting, normally the first thursday of the month at Creekside Commons, 2202 Lambert, Courtenay, 7pm.

– To be added to the Qualified Operators List a CVGSS  member must:
1. receive appropriate training from someone on the Qualified Operators List,
2. be accepted by the CVGSS board as a Qualified Operators,
3. fill-in and sign the Qualified Operators List to show acceptance of the terms of the Qualified Operators Agreement.

Qualified Operators (as of 2013-08-28)
–  Arzeena Hamir      250-702-5657    arzeenahamir@shaw.ca
–  Moss Dance          250-337-8012    ripplefarmcomoxvalley@gmail.com
–  Larry Church          250-898-8408    lacarent@shaw.ca

See winnower article on page 5 of the CVGSS newsletter – August 2013