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Seed-Savers: Preserving Our Ecological Heritage (Network)

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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: 58
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: http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/group/organic

  (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: http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/events  and through the Sustainable Bellingham calendar: http://www.sustainablebellingham.org/events/community-calendar  .

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

 

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Comment by Heather K on January 26, 2011 at 4:25pm
 *  “Plant a Seed-Saving Garden" -  Nice article in NW Farms & Food! - http://nwfarmsandfood.com/index.php/seed-saving-garden

 

 

* “Seed-Saving Around the World” presentation from native plant seed-collector Ellen Kuhlmann, on March 16th Weds ReStore.

http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/events/seed-saving-around-the-world

  

Great Quote you added Kate! “.....Swapping seeds may sound gentle, but it’s a way to get around the system. Maybe even a form of passive resistance? Take back your government, indeed. ...” - Editors of Transition Voice online

See you at the swap...I sense their may be lots of folks coming....

May the abundance of our seeds travel far.

* Plant Seeds & Sing Songs *    -    Heather K

 

Comment by Heather K on December 7, 2010 at 10:25pm
Winter Community Seed-Swap - Sunday January 30th - 11:30 am-
"Into the Hands of the People!”

Save this date & share with your seed-saving network of regional contacts.
Remember to bring your extra special seeds to share with each other, and your bulk seeds good enough for community 'seed-balls'.
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RSVP to receive updates and see tenative draft of event agenda at:
http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/events/winter-community-seedswap

Tentative Draft of Event Description:
All Welcome to Attend Our 3rd Annual
Bellingham Community Seed-Swap
"Into the Hands of the People!"

on Sunday January 30th - 11:30am-3pm - 2011

Open Seed-Exchange & Specialty Seed Exchange -
Garden Share Opportunities & Networking - Non- Profit Tables

No Fee- but Donations accepted-

Sponsors Welcomed to request sponsorship - Pass the word!

Who should attend :
* People with extra seed to share-
(Place seeds in labeled envelopes or containers ).
* People with no seed who want seeds to grow
& learn to save- welcome to attend!

Mini-class: “The Basics – Why & How to Save Your Seeds” (30”) with Celt Schira
(And the possibility of attendance of our favorite Orcas Island seedman-dan ! )
Volunteers Welcomed – leave comment on Heather K or Shannon M personal TW page or email us or just show up and help out.

Current Sponsors: Food Not Lawns, Earthcare Garden Designs, Forest Garden Urban Ecology Center...With More Sponsors to come!!!

Other Ideas: We could considering having a Speaker Presentation on a different day to help promote this swap....Shannon is working on that idea & contacting a WWU speaker.
(Volunteers may stay later to help take down)
Location – Most likely in same place as last year and we are awaiting confirmation.
Comment by Brian Kerkvliet on November 23, 2010 at 2:54pm
Thanks for that affirming quote Kate. It is nice to hear acknowledgment from someone involved in a different situation.
Besides it being a fun Fall and Spring event it is important that we affirm the right to take the power back to harvest, trade and grow our own seeds for food diversity and interdependence.
Comment by Kate Clark on November 23, 2010 at 1:29pm
From the Editors of Transition Voice online...

Editor’s note: We garden, but apparently not enough to understand why seed swaps are such the rage in Europe and among Transition groups everywhere. To us, they just seemed like a charming little way to get together, but not necessarily a very urgent form of community organizing. We couldn’t have been more wrong. Apparently the European Union ushered in rules stating that only so-called licensed seeds could be sold in the marketplace, a costly hurdle for small growers that risked extinction for certain highly local heirloom varieties. And another form of centralized control by big business and their lackeys in government over the little guy. Swapping seeds may sound gentle, but it’s a way to get around the system. Maybe even a form of passive resistance? Take back your government, indeed.
Comment by Heather K on October 19, 2010 at 5:10pm
Seed Savers Autumn Event & Barter Exchange!
November 13th Saturday at Inspiration Farm!

Help us in co-creating this autumn event
& add your RSVP to the event page:
http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/events/inspiration-farm-seed-swap...

2nd Annual Autumn
Inspiration Farm Seed Swap & Barter Exchange
Please join us for an informal seed swap and barter exchange:
Bring your seeds, preserves, handy crafts, etc.
Please bring your own envelopes, bags, labels, etc.
Bringing your seeds in the shell pods. or on the stems, or inside the fruit, is fine! We can work & share together.
The farm can provide a limited amount of table space and chairs-- please bring your own table, chair(s) and canopy if you have them.
Bring recycled envelopes & bags to share.
We need a a handful of committed volunteers to help with set-up, clean-up and breakdown.
Bring your instruments to jam around the fire circle during the event. Potluck Finger foods welcomed.</</u>b> Donations accepted.

“...Plant Seeds!....Sing Songs!....”
Comment by Forest Garden on October 17, 2010 at 11:40am
HI Krista, Check in the SKagit VAlley...put a notice up at the Skagit VAlley CO-Op you might have some luck ! .
Comment by Celt M. Schira on October 17, 2010 at 11:00am
Krista, a check of the usual on-line sources last month turned up a lot of "sold out" notices. It's looking like we will have to develop our own local resiliency in multiplier onions.
I had a tiny success this year, saving seed from toscano basil, the basic green leafed kind. Getting basil to mature seed around here is breeding basil to bolt, from the point of view of growers in traditional regions.
Comment by Krista Rome on October 17, 2010 at 10:34am
Jamie:
Sure, but I've posted several places including the normally lucrative Whatcom Farmers Google Group, and have had only dead silence in response.
Comment by Jamie Jedinak on October 15, 2010 at 7:09pm
Krista, If you come across extra please, would you let me know? Thanks, Jamie
Comment by Krista Rome on October 15, 2010 at 9:31am
Hey all, I need some multiplier onions to plant! I've not run into anyone around here growing them...any of you have any leads or planting stock?
 

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