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From The Ground Up: Everything you need to know about seed libraries

November 17 - November 27


November 17, 2022
November 27

Join us for a virtual event exploring all things Seed Libraries!

Learn about basic and advanced seed saving, growing and saving regionally adapted seeds, community engagement for seed returns, native plant seeds in your seed library, and streamlining your record keeping processes.

Whether you are new to seed saving, a home gardener, starting a seed library, or an established seed library we invite you to meet and connect with other community seed groups and seedy folks in the province.

Register Here

We believe that the potential for seed libraries to significantly contribute to our seed and food security is enormous. Seed libraries can be a resilient, community-centred public resource which bolsters local food production and promotes seed security. Awareness about seed security and interest in seed saving is growing and we are working to support and connect new and established seed libraries.

For more information please contact Sara Bartlett, tcseedcoordinator@farmfolkcityfolk.ca

Funding for this program was provided by Vancouver Foundation, Patagonia, and the B.C. Government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, November 17th

7pm PST – In-Person Vancouver Island screening of “The Seeds of Vandana Shiva” documentary film

The film starts at 7pm at Cinecenta located at the University of Victoria, Student Union Building, 3800 Finnerty Road.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. 

If you are registered for this event you will receive a $7 discounted ticket at the door!

Friday, November 18th

5pm PST – Virtual screening of “The Seeds of Vandana Shiva” documentary film

Starting at 5pm on Friday, November 18th until Sunday the 20th at 5pm event attendees will be able to watch the “The Seeds of Vandana Shiva”.

Saturday November 19th

9am-10:30am PST – Native plant seeds in your seed library with Naomi Higo from Douglas College (Hosted on Zoom)

Your yard, no matter how big or how small can, help restore lost native habitat simply by growing native plants! The Institute of Urban Ecology Seed Library offers people around the lower mainland (Hope-Vancouver) the opportunity to introduce more native plants to their yard by lending out native plant seeds. We have just finished our first complete cycle of seed lending, from harvesting to returning seeds, and we are ready to share our experience with you!

11am-12:30pm PST – Seed Libraries in Public Libraries: A Panel Discussion (Hosted on Zoom)

In this session we will be joined by two panel speakers who have over 10 years of experience as public librarians running seed libraries within their library branch. Learn how they have integrated seed libraries into their public library, how their systems work, and how their processes have adapted over the years. There will be ample time for Q&A in this session so bring all of your questions regarding starting and/or running a seed library.

Sunday, November 20th

9am-10:30am PST – Saving rare seeds and heritage varieties in your seed library (Hosted on Zoom)

Bob Wildfong of Seeds of Diversity will lead us through all the considerations involved in creating and maintaining a seed library of rare varieties. Topics such as seed sources, seed quality assurance, isolation and population sizes are familiar to many seed savers. Bob will review the best practices of these for small-scale seed saving and also delve into the details of keeping a useful seed collection: organizing, labelling, germination testing, and exchanging seeds within and among communities.

11am-12:30pm PST – Creston Seed Bank Project – evaluating regionally adapted vegetables and seeds (Hosted on Zoom)

In our new and ever-changing climate, seeds that are adapted to regions and climate are crucial! The Creston Community Seed Bank Society has set out on a multi-year project to shift varieties of seeds in the community seed bank toward those that are heat tolerant. Seeds from these climate-adapted plants will be bulked up and put into long-term storage. The focus of the project’s first year (2022) has been “how to evaluate crops for heat tolerance”. Various measurements and symptoms were analyzed to determine how to best predict heat tolerance in plants. Come along as we explore the results of this season’s observations.

1pm PST – Seeds of Diversity Annual Members Meeting (Hosted on Zoom)

Members of Seeds of Diversity will meet virtually to discuss current programs, elect the board of directors, and review financial statements. You do not need to be registered for this event to join the meeting. Please see www.seeds.ca for details about joining the meeting.

Saturday, November 26th

9am-10:30am PST – Saving Brassica Seed (Hosted on Zoom)

The Brassicaceae family contain many of the most popular garden vegetables, from mustards to radish, arugula to cabbage. Join this Seed Saving Session to learn about some best seed saving practices for these garden varieties, which ones can be grown together, and their potential to create new varieties for future generations.

11am-12:30pm PST – Saving Biennial Seed (Hosted on Zoom)

Biennials can be a challenging crop to grow for seed as the process takes place over two years. In this session led by our Metro Vancouver Seed Coordinator, Siri van Gruen, we will introduce the basics of growing, selecting, and overwintering biennial crops.

Sunday,  November 27th

11am PST – In-Person “Seed Saving 101” workshops

List of locations below.

12pm PST – Q&A with seed saving expert (Hosted on Zoom)

Tune-in with your seed saving questions for our panel of Seed Saving Experts.


Date and Locations for Seed Saving 101 Workshops

Creston – Creston Community Seed Bank, crestonseedbank@gmail.com, Nov 27th 11:30am-1pm MST, College of the Rockies Creston Campus

Lillooet Lillooet Food Matters, lillooetfoodmatters@gmail.com Nov 27, 10am-1pm PST,  Room 203 Lillooet REC Centre

Squamish – Squamish Climate Action Network, squamishseedlibrary@gmail.com, Nov 27, 11am-1pm PST, Brennan Park Rec Centre

Tofino – Tofino Community Food Initiative, info@tofinocommunityfoodinitiative.com, Nov 27, 11am – 1pm PST, Clayoquot Community Theatre

Vancouver – UBC Seed Lending Library, seed.library@ubc.ca,  Nov 26, 2:00-4:00 PST, UBC Education Library, 2125 Main Mall, Registration: https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3697984

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