This is an example of the previously produced Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers newsletter – 08/20/2012
Mar 10 2012
Comox Valley Seedy Saturday: March 3, 2012: “Gardening is Everyone’s Business”
13th Annual Community Seed Swap & Show
|Featuring:||Vegetable, Herb & Flower Seeds;|
|Bulbs, Plants, Trees;|
|Garden Tools, Accessories & Products;|
|Information Displays and Workshops|
|10:10 am||Transition Towns Panel – offering hands-on projects to the community|
|Elaine Codling||Introduction to Transition Towns Comox Valley|
|Vivien Adams||Comox Valley Seed Bank Proposal|
|The idea of having a Seed Bank here has been around for quite a while. Members of CVGSS (Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers) have been actively saving heritage seeds for over 10 years. Most of these are exchanged, or sold at Seedy Saturday, and grown out in the next year or so. There have been records kept at different times of the seeds saved, quantity of packages, and other details, and there have been many workshops demonstrating how to save seeds, as well as ongoing attempt to encourage more people to do so. Like most of you, I have never been involved in starting a Seed Bank, but I would like to be part of team that gets one going and keeps it going|
|Cynthia Fitton||LUSH Valley Food Action Society||Community Garden Network|
|LUSH Valley Food Action Society is a platform for your food related projects. They provide resources and knowledge to help you get up and running. For example, there are no fully functioning community gardens in Comox Valley and people kept on approaching LUSH Valley about this issue. In response LUSH Valley has offered a resource of knowledge and volunteers through a network to help develop community gardens projects. Interested in accessing land through community gardens or LUSH Lands come learn how we can help|
|Elizabeth Rudolph||Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections||Engaging Youth in Gardening|
|This session will emphasize the vital importance of connecting children with their food and the earth, arming them with shovels and the knowledge to participate in a sustainable future in our community. When kids are connected to the environment around them through active involvement, they know their place in the environment and this encourages stewardship of the land. Liz and Chantel will show you how they have encouraged youth at their schools to be engaged and involved in their school gardens. Importantly, Elizabeth and Chantel have witnessed that building school gardens create feelings of belonging and a sense of community. School gardens communicate to kids that we care about them!|
|11:10 am||Backyard Permaculture Design and Edible Perennials|
|Jonathan Schut||Jonathan Schut has gardened from coast to coast, and studied Ecological Gardening and Permaculture at Linnaea Farm on Cortes Island. At his home and through his business Budding Landscapes, his dream is creating gardens that are integrated, edible, gorgeous and sustainable. He lives with his partner and two boys in Dove Creek. Together they find great pleasure in feeding hand-picked slugs to their ducks.|
|Peter Janes||Peter Janes is an orchardist and plant propagator from Denman Island. His brief 20 minute presentation will highlight some of the best practices and biggest hurdles in the cultivation of fruit and nut trees. His personal experiences and images are applicable to home yards, traditional orchards, and permaculturally-oriented food forests. He will also review some of the most successful and least appropriate edible perennials he’s observed in our bioregion in hopes of increasing the successes of local growers.|
|12:10 pm||Engaging Youth in Gardening|
|Chantal Parsons||Lake Trail School|
|Chantal Parsons, self proclaimed gardening nerd, tomato propagator extrordinaire, compost queen and friend to worms. Pottager is her style in the tangled garden. “Food not lawn” is her mantra as she tears up lawns in favor of blueberries, pears, pumpkins, corn, squash and beans. I’m learning to embrace, with love, the buttercup invasion, slugs and the pooping neighborhood cats. Her day job includes educating high school students in all things History, Geography and English, while trying to sneak in some gardening too.|
|Rotory Hall (downstairs)|
|1:00 pm||Garden Panel|
|Megan Halstead||Megan was raised on her parents’ farm in Merville, and currently operates Halstead with her husband. She raises organic food animals, and sells vegetable bedding plants at the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market. In addition to her agricultural upbringing, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Agro-ecology from UBC, focused on soils, grains, animal science, greenhouses and organic certification. Her main areas of expertise are composting, organic soil amendment and nutrient cycling.|
|Connie Kuramato||Connie Kuramoto has been part of the Horticultural Industry in one way or another for over 30 years. She studied Botany at the University of Massachusetts, than later received a Diploma in Horticulture Technology from Malaspina College (now VIU) and a Certificate in Floral Design from Kwantlen College. She was a technician and instructor for Malaspina College’s Horticulture Department for over twenty years. Connie retired about 5 years ago, and is happy to bring her knowledge and Horticultural experience to the community. Connie has run small market gardens, done interior and exterior landscape plant maintenance, presented numerous garden workshops, writes for local publications and often does consulting work. She is currently teaching part time for Gaia College in the Organic Land Care Diploma Program. Her favorite saying is “Housework whenever, gardening forever|
|Simon Toole||My wife and I share a passion for quality, natural, local food. A few of our favourites are strawberries and garlic. We also do a variety of delicious veggies in season as well as selling Garden Seeds. We have operated our farm for 9 years and have been active members of the Comox Valley Farmers Market for 12 years. In the future we look forward to opening a farm stand, setting up a box delivery program and finding ways to engage with the community..|
|Jennifer Waller||Jennifer Waller has been an avid amateur gardener since she could walk and also has some background in ethno-botany. Her favourite job ever was working as the “seeder” for two years at a local commercial nursery where she learned a great deal about starting a wide variety of plants. She particularly enjoys the challenge of plant propagation so she starts form seed or roots cuttings for everything she grows. Jen is actively learning to grow all of her own foods and materials including many useful plants not commonly grown here in the Comox Valley. She has her Bachelor of Science in Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems from Vancouver Island University and is currently working on her Master of Science in Ecology focusing on entomology and population dynamics from the University of Alberta.|
|2:00 pm||Organic Gardening and Small Scale farmers’ distribution cooperatives|
|Robin Tunnicliffe||Robin Tunnicliffe (Saanich Organics) has been farming certified organic vegetables near Victoria, BC for the past 12 years. She leases a total of 1.5 acres in two parcels, and makes her living selling vegetables to restaurants, grocery stores, farmer’s markets and through a vegetable home delivery program. Together with two other farmers she runs Saanich Organics, a local produce distributor. Robin holds an MA in Food Policy from the University of Victoria. She serves on several boards of directors, including USC Canada, UBC Farm and The Islands Organic Producers’ Association. She has recently co-authored a book about her work with Saanich Organics called “All the Dirt: Reflections on Organic Farming”. FMI: www.saanichorganics.com|
|Exhibitors and Vendors|
|Joan Gage||Anderton Therapeutic Gardens Society||2047A Willemar Courtenay V9N3M7||250-334-3089|
|Brian Bloomfield||Bloomfield Flats Custom Cedar Furniture||4238 Buddington Rd Courtenay V9N-9P2||250-338-1074|
|Coral & Gordon Brinck||Brother Nature Organic Seeds||1159 Wychdury Ave Victoria V9A5L1||250-298-6317|
|Jonathan Schut||Budding Landscapes||5259 Stapley Road Courtenay V9J1P5||250-703-4538|
|Amy Crook & Carmen Wakeling||Certified Organic Assn of BC – CV Chapter||250-338-4860|
|Leslie Cox||Comox Valley Horticultural Society||7896 Fairview Road Black Creek V9J1G5||250-337-8051|
|Doug Mole||Doug’s Bees||7726 Vivian Way Fanny Bay V0R1W0||250-335-1031|
|Sheldon Rempel||Earth Club Factory||Cumberland V0R 1S0|
|Carmen Wakeling||Eatmore Sprouts||Courtenay|
|Gary & Ellen De Casmaker||Eternal Seed||2309 Zilinsky Road Powell River V8A0N8604-487-1304|
|Ellen Rainwalker||PO Box 83 Cumberland V0R1SO||250-336-7944|
|Joyce McMenamon||Fresh Earth Products||PO Box 197 Merville V0R2M0||250-337-8228|
|Mary Alice Johnson & Marika Dagasaka||Full Circle Seeds||PO Box 807 Sooke V9Z1H8||250-642-3671|
|Joan Wyndam||Garden Lore||55 Rod & Gun Road Courtenay V9N3N1||250-703-0349|
|Thierry Vrain||Gardens Without Borders||3636 Trent Courtenay V9N9R4||250-336-8768|
|Linda Cheu||GE Watch||111 20th Street #34 Courtenay V9N8B1||250-331-0681|
|Simon Toole||Good Earth Farms||7636 Island Highway Black Creek V9J1G6||250-337-2261|
|Judy Khemlhand||Green Space Designs||PO Box 122 Mansons Landing V0P1K0||250-935-0135|
|Joy Story||Grow Food Network Magazine||545 Voutrait Road Mill Bay V0R2P3||250-743-1352|
|Peter Janes & David Hicks||Hicks & Janes Nurseries||2961 Yule Road Denman Island V0R1T0||250-335-0498|
|Thierry Vrain||Innisfree Farm||3636 Trent Courtenay V9N9R4||250-336-8768|
|Janice Stevenson||Janice Stevenson Garden Design||146 Stafford Avenue Courtenay V9N6Z3||250-338-0811|
|Larry Church||La Carent Enterprises||250-898-8408|
|Angela Konkin||Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections||805 Willemar Ave Courtenay V9N3L7||250-334-3168|
|Jean Dugal||LUSH Valley||1126 Piercy Avenue Courtenay V9N3R6||250-331-0152|
|Fiona Hamersley Chambers||Metchosin Farms|
|Geoff Ball||Milner Gardens & Woodland||2179 W Island Hwy Qualicum Beach V9K1G1||250-752-8573|
|Gail Meade||Mission Hill Farm||4775 Island Hwy N Courtenay V9N 5Y5||250-338-4077|
|Verna Mumby||Mumby Tree Services||250-218-6951|
|Linda & Neil Patterson||Nature Scape Fencing||1869 Stewart Road Nanoose Bay V9P9E7||250-468-1863|
|Devmurti Khalsa||Nature Spirit Permaculture||7650B Marcus Rd Denman Island V0R1T0||250-335-1143|
|Diane & Bertrand Sharp||Oceanside Edibles||546 Nootka Road Qualicum Beach V9K 1A3||250-752-4427|
|Dawn Osborne||Omega Blue Farms||1075 Spider Lake Road Qualicum Beach V9K2L7||250-757-2006|
|Michelle Willems||Outback Nursery||6016 Headquarters Road Courtenay V9J 1M7||250-703-0723|
|Rose Rogan||Perennial Ridge Farms||5605 Jordans Lane Duncan V9L6J1||250-748-0098|
|Dan Jason||Salt Spring Seeds||PO Box 444 Ganges Salt Spring Island V8K2W1||250-537-5269|
|Jamey Lauinger||Valley Succulents||2210 Anderton Road Comox V9M4B1||250-339-2650|
|Jeff Wright||Old Country Seeds||#8- 106 – 4480 West Saanich Road Victoria V8Z 3E9||778-678-2255|
|Joy Smith||Seeds of Diversity||PO Box 36 Stn. Q Toronto M4T 2L7||866-509-7333|
|Larry Church||Lacar Enterprises||2623 Arden Rd. Courtenay V9N9J9||250-898-8408|
|Mary Alice Johnson||SOIL Apprenticeship||PO Box 807 Sooke V9Z 1H8||250-642-3671|
|Elaine Codling||Transition Town Comox Valley||250-898-9045|
|Joan Wyndam||Vancouver Island Master Gardeners||55 Rod & Gun Road Courtenay V9N3N1||250-703-0349|
|World Community||Box 3192 Courtenay V9N5N4||250-331-9391|
|Paul Carr & Bonnie Borbridge||Y Grip Garden Tool Ltd.||355 Douglas Street Comox V9M2C6||250-702-6293|
|Marguerite Horn||Yes You Can Adaptive Gardening||610 5th Street Courtenay V9N||250-897-3920|
The Coordinator for the 2012 event is Sue Moen. Contact her for more information at: ph. 250-337-5948 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sue Moen currently resides in Black Creek on Vancouver Island and is active in the Arts, Food Security and Local Economic Development communities. She is the Coordinator for the Cumberland Chamber of Commerce – working with the Board of Directors to provide services and information to the community that support a living, local historic Cumberland where residents, businesses and visitors can work, play and enjoy life in a vibrant, sustaining and resilient place. Moen’s previous experience includes working with local businesses and non profits in strategic planning and implementation, social marketing and social enterprise development. She acted as the consulting Administrator for the Comox Valley Community Arts Council shortly after moving to the Valley. She was the Chief Executive Officer responsible to the Board of Directors for all aspects of planning, development, implementation and evaluation of LUSH Valley Food Action Society programs and operations. The priorities during her tenure included the renovation and opening of a community food centre encompassing a kitchen and processing area, food rescue, collection and distribution to individuals and agencies and skills building and training in local food security initiatives. Before moving to the Comox Valley, Moen joined A Loving Spoonful in 1997 to develop an alternate meal delivery program to address the specific needs of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside IDU population. She succeeded to the Executive Director position at A Loving Spoonful in December 2001 and served in that position until September 2006. She came from seven years as a care-team volunteer in the AIDS community and two years managing an HIV Drop In for street-involved transgender clients. Moen was a leader in the Food Provider community in Vancouver with a particular passion for capacity mapping and development and was member of the regional Health Board’s Food Advisory Committee. Moen also sat on the Board of Directors of the Association of Nutrition Services Agencies and was chair of the Program Evaluation & Outcomes Committee for this international association. She was a founding council member on the Vancouver Food Policy Council.
She looks forward to coordinating Seedy Saturday and all the community involvement that it will bring.
The CVGSS is looking ahead to Seedy Saturday as its main event and fundraiser of the year. The focus is on food security, brought about through the annual saving and growing of local, open-pollinated and heirloom fruits and vegetables. If you love backyard gardening as we do, you will want to check out the range of quality seeds and garden-related products available. This is more than just another gardening event—it’s the future of food.
If you are a vendor or non-profit exhibitor wanting to take part in this event, you can download the full information and application form in the vendor information section. We recommend you book early to reserve the best location. Sponsors are most welcome and Sue will work with you to create a personalized sponsor benefit package.
Mar 01 2012
Comox Valley February 20. On March 3rd, hundreds of people will gather to find everything they need to get their gardens growing. Seeds, education, expert advice, enthusiastic tips and support from groups, neighbours and strangers will be available to those itching to get soil under their nails – for the first time or the thousandth.
The generous support of local sponsors allowed the organizers to drop the admission price back to $5 and they believe you’ll receive so much inspiration from the day’s events; you’ll be planting by March 4th. A wonderful array of panelists and speakers are scheduled and, along with the dozens of knowledgeable vendors, associations and educators, the Seed Exchange and the social activities guarantee a day well spent.
Robin Tunnicliffe of Feisty Field Organic Farm and co-founder of Saanich Organics is the keynote speaker for 2012. Tunnicliffe has been farming certified organic vegetables near Victoria, BC for the past 12 years. She leases a total of 1.5 acres in two parcels, and makes her living selling vegetables to restaurants, grocery stores, farmers’ markets and through a vegetable home delivery program. Robin holds an MA in Food Policy from the University of Victoria. She serves on several boards of directors, including USC Canada, UBC Farm and The Islands Organic Producers’ Association. She has recently co-authored a book about her work with Saanich Organics called “All the Dirt: Reflections on Organic Farming” and will be describing how she and two other organic farmers set up a local small producer distribution network.
The popular Garden Panel will again answer questions from the audience about everything from building your soil, to propagation, to growing local and exotic varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers and other gardening- related topics. The panel will include Megan Halstead (Halstead Farms), Connie Kuramato (Gardens to Go), Simon Toole (Good Earth Farms) and Jennifer Waller, an avid amateur gardener since she could walk, with a background in ethno-botany.
Other speakers include: Peter Janes, an orchardist and plant propagator from Denman Island. His brief 20 minute presentation will highlight some of the best practices and biggest hurdles in the cultivation of fruit and nut trees. He will also review some of the most successful and least appropriate edible perennials he’s observed in our bioregion in hopes of increasing the successes of local growers. Janes will be joined by Jonathon Schut of Budding Landscapes to describe backyard permaculture design.
Transition Town Comox Valley will host a panel of Project Leaders who will present interesting hands-on projects related to food security in the Comox Valley. These are opportunities for folks to get involved with others in exciting projects beyond their back yard. Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections will help you get children involved in the garden. A full schedule of events is available. Vendor information will also be posted. The Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers exist 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.
Oct 17 2009
A film by Marie-Monique Robin.
This film is a hard hitting look at Monsanto’s history and origins in the chemical industry through its transformation into a biotech agricultural company and, particularly relevant for this website, its efforts to stamp out traditional seeds and replace them with patented genetically engineered seeds. Continue reading
Oct 16 2009
In analogy with Richard M. Stallman’s principles of Free Software I am proposing the principles of Free Seeds:
|1.||Freedom to grow the seeds for any purpose.|
|2.||Freedom to do research using the seeds.|
|3.||Freedom to save seeds and redistribute them.|
|4.||Freedom to breed new strains or otherwise modify the seeds and release them to the public.|
In each case “freedom” means that, upon obtaining some seeds, there are no patents, copyrights,
or legal encumbrances of any kind to obstruct, and no permissions are necessary to exercise the
For comparison here are Stallman’s principles of Free Software.
|1.||The freedom to run the program, for any purpose.|
|2.||The freedom to study how the program works, and change it to make it do what you wish. (Access to the source code is a precondition for this.)|
|3.||The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor.|
|4.||The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements (and modified versions in general) to the public, so that the whole community benefits. (Access to the source code is a precondition for this.)|
Some observations are in order.
The “Free” in Free Seeds is used in the sense of freedom, as in free speech, free country, freedom
of association, and so on, and does not imply free in the sense of no cost.
Stallman (usually referred to as RMS) likes to use the phrase “free as in speech, not free as in beer”.
However usually in the case of Free software it is in fact free in the sense of free beer, but I doubt that
would normally be the case with Free seeds.