After an exciting year of outreach, public engagement, and interviews, the Cowichan Green Community’s (CGC) Sharing Our Seed Stories project is calling it a wrap!
Funded by Service Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), this project sought to chronicle the historical and contemporary seed saving practices of the Cowichan Region. Engaging seniors and elders, who have specific knowledge of saving local and heritage seeds, with local youth interested in learning to save seed, the project produced a series of five digital stories that captures their stories about saving seed. Addressing a variety of seed saving themes, the stories will be shared online.
CGC is incredibly happy with the outcomes from this project. Christine Carter and Vanessa Goodall, who edited the stories, were amazed at the diverse perspectives held by the participating seed savers. From the reasons why they save seed, which spans from curiosity to the maintenance of culture, to the types of seeds they save, which includes indigenous and cultivated varieties, their perspectives resulted in stories rich in context and meaning.
Despite this diversity, a common thread between all the stories was an association of seed saving with family. Many of the seed savers recalled learning to save seed from their parents, grandparents, or extended families. “Whether it was in a garden, farm, or natural ecosystem,” states Judy Stafford, CGC’s Executive Director, “the role of families in the transmission of this knowledge became quite apparent as the project progressed.”
CGC would like to thank the storytellers and community organizations who helped to bring this project to life. In particular, we would like to thank Shirley Bellows, Craig Evans, Roger Foucher, Emy Peter, Della Rice, Sierra Robinson, Ron Wall, and Keith Wyndlow, whose stories are shared in the digital stories. Additionally, we would like to thank Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) WEST program, the Cowichan Food Security Coalition, the Central Island Seed Savers Network, Brittany Lowe, and Jacqueline Mays for their support throughout the project. Lastly, we’d like to thank the funder for supporting this project and CGC’s vision to engage community through good food and stories.
If you’d like to check out the Sharing Our Seed Stories online, please visit CGC’s website:
For more information on this project, please contact CGC at 250-748-8506 or firstname.lastname@example.org