October meeting – special celebratory event.

Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers Hosts Celebratory Event

On October 2 at 7:00 P.M., the CVGSS will celebrate 15 years of promoting the conservation and preservation of our local plant diversity by encouraging and supporting public participation in growing and saving heritage and non-hybrid food crops.  A short business meeting will be followed by two fifteen minute discussions: why and how to grow non-hybrid grain in a small space by Sylvain Alie (Director) and what non-hybrid tomato grows well under wet and dry conditions by Royann Petrell (Director).  Anna and Nick Guthrie will lead the final discussion “Why do YOU save Seeds?” as well as describe the lessons learned over their fifteen years running the annual seed exchange at Seedy Saturday. 

Seed exchanges are usually events where gardeners meet to exchange seeds.  According to Nick, “over 4000 seed packages are available each year at the CV Seedy Saturday.  Two things have resulted from this abundance: one, the packing of seeds ahead of time by volunteers at four Packing Bees and two, the sale of surplus seeds at minimal cost after the exchange is completed”.  Anna says “The wheel of gardening turns whenever a new grower receives their seeds at an exchange and returns progeny seeds a year later!”  Dr. Royann Petrell says “It needs to spin out of control to conserve all our local plants, identify new plants able to withstand climate change and produce food to feed the Valley’s population”.   All agree that more growers are needed to grow more seeds and seeds of more varieties now!  Come to this meeting and see what you can contribute.

Following the meeting there will be free delicious refreshments and opportunities to speak to experienced growers.  The meeting is free for members and by donation for nonmembers.  The event is at Creekside Commons (2202 Lambert Street).  From Cumberland Road take Willemar, turn right onto 20th St, and travel three blocks to Lambert Street.   Please park on Lambert, as parking is limited at Creekside.  Please bring slippers as shoes are not permitted.

Please contact Royann at (250 336 8632) or CVGSS.org for more details. 

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