I’ve been saving seeds since I was 4 or 5 years old, when my earliest memory of collecting seed was in my mother’s garden in the Okanagan Valley. I was mesmerized at how the nasturtium blossoms had left behind these wonderful wrinkly pods. “You can plant those next year,” mum suggested, as my little hands filled my pockets with seeds. “I can put this in the ground and more flowers will grow?” The idea of this was hard to understand. I think I was far more interested in just picking the seeds, not really planning on keeping them for next spring – which was such a long time away for a small child.
Seed is the source of life and key to our local food system. Learn to save seed (it’s easy for most things), purchase your seeds from local organic producers, and grow what you can for you and your family in your own garden. One of my personal seed heroes is Dr. Vandana Shiva of Navdanya in India. Central to Shiva’s work is the idea of seed freedom, or the rejection of corporate patents on seeds. You can read more here: http://www.navdanya.org/earth-democracy/seed-sovereignty.
If you haven’t started saving seeds, or have yet to purchase your seeds for this year’s growing season, come out to the Duncan Seedy Sunday on March 20th. The event will be held from 10am – 2pm in the Si’em Lelum Gym at 5574 River Road in Duncan. You’ll be among people who are incredibly knowledgeable about seeds and can help you choose the best seed for your food and flower production. See you there!
Nora Arajs manages Ceres Edible Landscaping, an organic landcare enterprise in the Cowichan Region. We offer garden design services, as well as installation & maintenance. We use organic practices and permaculture principles in our work, keeping the soil healthy and your landscape beautiful. Call Nora for a consultation at 250.748.8506. Ceres Edible Landscaping is a social enterprise of the Cowichan Green Community. All profits from our work go to support food security programs in the community.