Sharing Our Seed Stories


With funding from the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), under Service Canada, the “Sharing Our Seed Stories” project was hosted by the Cowichan Green Community from March 2014 to March 2015.  Designed to document the historical seed saving practices of the Cowichan Region and to share this knowledge with the greater community, this project engaged seniors and elders who have specific knowledge of saving local and heritage seeds.

Acting as mentors to other seniors, community members, and youth interested in saving local and heritage seeds, this project captured the participant’s experiences as seed savers.  Weaving together their different perspectives on seed saving, this project produced a series of five digital stories.  We hope these stories inspire others to learn to save seed and to maintain a tradition of sharing seed stories.  To access the individual digital stories, please click the icons below.

An Introduction - ButtonFirst Seed Saving Experience - Button

Favourite Seeds to Save - Button

How I Learned to Save Seeds - Button


Why I Save Seeds - Button

Community Impact - Button

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, and the Central Island Seed Savers Network for their participation and support throughout the project.  Lastly, we would like to thank Brittany Lowe and Jacqueline Mays, VIU Interns, for their support in reaching out to Cowichan Valley seed savers.

For more information on this project, please contact CGC at or 250-748-8506.


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