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Seed-Savers: Preserving Our Ecological Heritage (Network)


Seed-Savers: Preserving Our Ecological Heritage (Network)

Cascadia's 'Salish Sea Seed-Savers'- Sharing & Saving Our Seeds, Educating Ourselves on the importance of regional seed-saving, Resisting corporate/laboratory bred GMO seeds, & Promoting Events for community food-security.

Location: Cascadia - Bellingham & Beyond
Members: 57
Latest Activity: Feb 23, 2016

Welcome new seed savers! Please listen in & enjoy reading our current discussions & comments. For viewing all the Discussion click the "View All" button below.

 Welcome new members: We are not a 'chat' group, so you won't received many emails from us.  We are growers & seed-savers who network together on resources, educational events, and to promote opportunities for sharing & saving seeds. 

  For  offerings or requests for specific seeds, or to initiate a topic conversation, please use our groups 'Start Discussion' option below.

Most of our members are also part of the larger 'Earth Garden' network at:

  (Group admins currently are Heather K & David P. and more are welcome).

  Events we wish to promote can be done through the main TW "Events" tab:  and through the Sustainable Bellingham calendar:  .

We now have a group page on faceboo -"Salish Seed Co-op".


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Comment by Heather K on March 19, 2013 at 2:42pm

'Fundamentals of On-Farm Plant Breeding'  Weds March 20th 2013 with Dr. John Navazio (Organic Seed Alliance Senior Scientist and Washington State University Seed Extension Specialist)   “You’ll learn how to improve vegetable quality through careful seed selection and improvement as well as how to select for reproductive fitness, yield, disease resistance, and improved performance under adverse conditions. Dr. Navazio will share his knowledge on seed growing basics, sourcing germplasm, and conducting variety trials, as well as basic variety improvement techniques for inbreeding and outbreeding crops. In addition, all attendees will receive a copy of Dr. Navazio's recent book The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer’s Guide to Vegetable Seed Production, itself a $50 value. Visit to learn about the book.”

Both Krista Rome & myself will be attending this event.

John Navazio, Ph.D. "trains farmers, university students, and others in organic seed production and the fundamentals of participatory, on-farm plant breeding for organic systems. His breeding work includes increasing genetic breadth in a number of vegetable crops for their nutritional quality, flavor, texture, ability to scavenge nutrients, compete with weeds, and resist heat and drought."

Comment by Heather K on February 9, 2013 at 12:44am

Community Heirloom Seed & Plant Exchange   on Orcas Island this Sunday, Feb 10th from 2-5pm. 

A few seed-savers from Orcas came to our swap this year,

and I'll be going over to theirs!   (The people of Island county voted to ban GMO seeds on their lands, and Skagit is moving in this directions too).

Webinars for seed saving:  (thanks Walter).

Our 5th annual Community Seed Swap – Jan 27- 2013  had an abundance of both seeds & people this year!

Thanks to all who attended and shared their seeds and their wisdom! 

Share your ideas with me for next years 6seed exchange - “Seedy Sunday”.

Comment by Heather K on January 23, 2013 at 1:51am

Seed Saver friends! . “Benefits of  Saving Open-pollinated Heirloom Seeds”.

Hope you're all caught up with sorting your seeds and see you at the swap on sunday, with set up time for volunteers and seed-savers at 12:30.

Please help us with organizing seeds on the seed tables; we have new labels this year with some latin family names.

We all our volunteers co-creating this event!


Swap info-


My our children learn the mystery of seeds coming from flowers and our food coming from seeds!

Comment by Heather K on January 11, 2013 at 3:41am

Seed Saving Friends & Revolutionaries:  Sunday January 27th Seed Swap.  Details at

Time to choose what seeds to bring to our 5th annual seed swap to place on the main table, or set up your own table, or carry your most precious seeds in a basket! 

If you can volunteer at the swap to help greet people and hold the donation can, and answer questions, that would be welcomed!  Email our volunteer coordinator, Sara, at:  volunteer –at- sustainablebelllingham.or  ,, or post a comment on our faceboo page at -!/events/466839620039241/

We are expecting a great year, and there will be seed-savers from Orcas Island that are planning on coming!

Plan to help clean up and then go our for a meal & drink after the swap  in the evening.

*. Label Your Seeds & Bring Extra Envelopes to Share*

Comment by Celt M. Schira on December 3, 2011 at 5:13pm

Walter, So, what about the spinach? Spinach, as you well know, is a stretch for the backyard gardener. Male and female plants, optimally at least a couple of hundred each to preserve the variability, and then if a person pulls that off they produce way too much seed for a family gardener to use within its shelf life. A good job for the market gardener, eh?

Celt's Technicolor Cabbage is coming along nicely, but I am selecting for robust tolerance of winter, delicious flavor, and that nifty deep blue green leaf color with the magenta racing stripe. The original heritage cabbage strains had tight compact heads and more uniformity in size, maturity and appearance. Depends what you want. 

By the way, Pinetree has Carentan leeks, the first time I've seen them offered in ten years.

Comment by Heather K on December 1, 2011 at 2:23pm

Sunday January 29th at the Majestic ?downstairs!

"4th Annual Community Seed Day -Getting Seeds Into the Hands of the People!”

Save the date.  More event details to follow as we continue our planning.    We'll need volunteers to help set up & clean up, but mostly get  your seeds labeled & ready to share!  Save those recycled envelopes to bring for the new gardeners & seed planters that  will join us!

Comment by Heather K on November 27, 2011 at 6:38pm

4th Annual Community Seed Day (& Seed-Swap):  “Seeds Into the Hands of the People” - is being planned for late January 2012.   We are looking for a central urban location that can be used for the swap, and has a break-out room with tables & chairs for teach-in.   Most likely dates of
swap, to pencil in your calendar, Sun Jan 29, or Sat Jan 28th,
or Sun Jan 22nd.   Date will depend on rental availablity.
New book out: “The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds” by Robert Gough & Cheryl Moore-Gough.   Let us know if you find this new book useful.

Some of us carry seeds in our pockets to trade whenever we travel!  :-)

I'll be traveling soon to warmer lands with my tent, garden tools, and seeds this winter.  I'll be back to our Salish Sea-Koma
Kulshan forest garden by early April.

Thanks to Farmer David Pike for watching over our seed & garden group online sites while I'm away....unless he departs for warmer lands with year-round fruits too.  Wish him Happy Birthday tomorrow!


Comment by Heather K on June 22, 2011 at 8:25am
Backyard Beans & Grains Project Work Party and Tour“ Sat June 25th 3-6pm, followed by a meal and seed gifting!

 “Learn and farm alongside Celt & Krista during this afternoon of tending the seed variety trials out at the Backyard Beans & Grain Project site in Everson, WA. Learn about the specifics of growing different varieties of dry beans and grains, including millet, amaranth, oats, wheat, barley, dry corn, lentils, garbanzos, common beans, soup peas, soybeans and more! After the work party we will provide a light homegrown dinner of beans, cornbread, and salad. We can also offer some free seed from this year's harvest to interested work-traders.”

Comment by Heather K on May 17, 2011 at 3:15pm
Keep on planting seeds!

Our Vision- “We are Seed-Savers: Preserving Our Ecological Heritage - Sharing & Saving Our Seeds, Educating Ourselves on the importance of regional seed-saving, Resisting corporate/laboratory bred GMO seeds, and Promoting Events for community food-security.”


We are students, farmers, gardeners, scientists, scholars, and citizens. This blossoming month of May brings us outside to plant seeds that will nourish our community.  We are alert to any introduction or planting of GMO seeds that could damage the commercial efforts of our farmers & gardeners growing locally consumed foods with locally saved seeds. We encourage us all to be alert to learning where GMO seeds or products containing seeds, are being brought into our county.


One of us will start a broader TW discussion on  “Local Food & Seed Sovereignty” to be accessible to broader TW audience.    As we learn more we'll share information with our GMO Awareness & Action network at


"Thomas Jefferson said he didn’t think we could have democracy unless at least 20% of the population was self-supporting on small farms so they were independent enough to be able to tell an oppressive government to 'stuff it'. It is very difficult to control people who can create products without purchasing inputs from the system, who can market their products directly thus avoiding the involvement of mercenary middlemen, who can butcher animals and preserve foods without reliance on industrial conglomerates, and who can’t be bullied because they can feed their own faces."
- Eliot Coleman, Author, Farmer, Human Being

"...The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.“ -Bill Mollison

If you are interested in working with others protecting our ability to grow & consume our own food locally, consider connecting with these transition networks by following the discussion & assisting in events & work-parties- (after you've got your garden planted!)


*** GMO Awareness & Action network


*** Whatcom Food Security Network & Transition Food Security:


*** Transition ARC (Actions for Resilient Communities)


Comment by Heather K on February 5, 2011 at 4:39pm

New Grains from Uprising Organics:

 Hulless Barley & Hulless Oats!

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Community Seed-Swap on Jan 30th was a huge success!

Special thanks to all the seed-savers who work hard and share their abundance!

The idea of seed-swaps is catching on fast this year all across the country!    “Seeds- Into the Hands of the People”


 *  Another chance to swap seeds in B'ham –Thurs Feb 10th

with WSU Whatcom County Extension

(thanks to Shannon's Garden E-News for info!)


“Master Gardener Foundation Meeting - Speaker & Seed Exchange

@ WSU Whatcom County Extension Office, 1000 North Forest Street, Bellingham.   Please use the Laurel Street entrance.

As always, the evening will begin with non-formal social time beginning at 6:30 PM,  the meeting 7:00 PM with the quest speaker


SPEAKER : Colleen Burrows, Whatcom County IPM Coordinator



The February & March Meetings also include a SEED EXCHANGE - shared seeds brought by Master Gardeners as well a large donation of Territorial Company 2010 vegetable and flower seeds donated by Portal Way Farm & Garden in Ferndale. Their seeds are selected for the PNW climate. Small envelopes for seed sharing will be provided.

Free and Open to the Public”

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 Video by Farmer Walter to enjoy on fabulous fava beans!

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Upcoming garden event at Terra Organica at the Public Market...pencil in the date Sat Feb 26th....More seed to share may be there that didn't make it in the mail in time for our winter community swap.



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