Edible Earth Seeds is an organic vegetable seed company based in the Cowichan Valley. Our mission is to support food sovereignty on Vancouver Island through the stewardship of open-pollinated seed varieties that are well-adapted to our bio-region. I began learning about seeds during my first farm apprenticeship in 2009, and I soon became convinced that we cannot have true food sovereignty without seed sovereignty. I learned about the great loss of biodiversity of our food crops, the move towards hybrid varieties, and genetic engineering. The solution seemed simple – grow more seed! So I started growing and saving seed from … Continue reading YA POTLUCK Edible Earth Seeds Cowichan Valley June 9!
The latest two episodes of The Ruminant Podcast (available on the iTunes store and here) feature a conversation with Dan Brisebois, a young farmer with the Tournesol Farm Cooperative near Montreal, Quebec. Part one deals with the basics of getting started in veggie seed production, with an emphasis on how to incorporate seed production into an extant fresh veggie operation. In part two, Dan gives advice on how to find buyers for your seed and shares some resources for seed producers. Dan is very knowledgeable and articulate, so would-be seed producers should check it out!
I have a confession to make. I am in love: with seeds. Just had to get that out. I am gaga for plants, I revel in tubers, rhizomes, and cuttings; but seeds are different. Seeds feel like wealth. They look like jewels. They taste like wellness. They grow with a passion all their own, guided by the mystery as old as the universe. I got into this deep love affair by growing herbs on my tiny balcony. Soon, it was community garden furor, with long, dizzying bike rides over the bridge to show my plot some love. I devoured books … Continue reading Seed, Glorious Seed! Hot mescluns and mustards!
By Alicia Baddorf 9/10 of the bites we take start with seed. The range of seed diversity that exists is breathtaking, but consider this: over the past 80 years, we have lost 93% of variety in our food seeds. At the BCSeed Gathering in Richmond this November, a group of seed activists, farmers and concerned citizens from the province came together for a weekend of workshops, skills sharing and dialogue around seeds. Going into the gathering, I was aware of a number of environmental and social issues surrounding seed sovereignty, but the breadth of knowledge and passion exuded by these seed … Continue reading Building a Seed Saving Legacy