Category : Seed Mentorship Program

Mentee Blog #3 – Suzy Coulter

I have a confession to make. I’ve become very attached to my parsnips over the course of this seed saving mentorship. We began our relationship at the 2015 Seed Gathering in February, where the seeds were generously offered up by Kootenay Joe Farm. They were Lancer Parsnips, I’d never grown

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Mentee Blog #3 -Sheila Dobie

I would like to title this piece as – “ Finding growing ground where ever you can!” and that plantings for seeds can happen in some of the most unlikely places. It has been a turbulent fall time for me – with none of the grounding and satisfaction that comes

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Mentee Blog #2 – Steve and Mary Unger

Seed Saving Adventures #2 Some of the seeds we saved this season pretty much saved themselves, with us just standing nearby ready to catch and clean and store – the kale, the arugula, the squash, and the beans.  Coincidentally, these foods are some of the hardiest growing, nutrient dense, and

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Mentee Blog #2 – Sheila Dobie

When the August rains came – and they were very short lived. It was like a huge relief rather than a state of panic for my seeds. Intuitively I knew that the days of late summer edging into fall would give me many many warm dry days to mature the

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Mentee Blog #2 – Spray Creek Ranch

The weather over here on the other side of the mountains is so different from what you all experience in the Lower Mainland.  Where we live in Lillooet, we only get an average of 13 inches of precipitation a year, and when it does rain everything drys out so quickly. 

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2015 Mentee Blog #2 – Rachel Voth

It’s been an interesting season for me. Unexpected challenges and moments of deep satisfaction have marked my days. I’m new to growing food. The novelty of walking into my kitchen and seeing the countertop overflowing with garden fresh is still a wonder. The learning curve has felt steep, but thanks

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Mentee Blog #2 – Suzy Coulter

My main seed saving project for this mentorship is a parsnip crop. I planted them later than they ideally should’ve been planted, but have been fussing over them ever since, and once in a while checking in with David for feedback, including his farm visit back a few months ago

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Mentee Blog # 2 – Ashton Sweetnam

So far this season, seed saving has not come particularly naturally to our regular farming practices and systems, but it does generally feel like a great contribution our ability to farm in the holistic way that we aspire to. By taking seed saving into consideration, we pay greater attention to

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2015 Mentee Blog #1 – Mary Coll and Steve Unger

Four years ago, we moved with our two children from an urban life in Vancouver, where food grew in our yard and chickens roamed with the kids, to a farm on  southern Vancouver Island.  To ride the waves of peak oil, economic collapse and climate shift, and to live a

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2015 Mentee Blog #1 – Spray Creek Ranch

Our mentor is Mojave Kaplan who has a seed saving farm in Lytton.  She grows open-pollinated, heirloom and heritage vegetable, flower, and herb seeds for her project, the Planting Seeds Project.  She is also a seed-saving educator who travels around BC empowering gardeners and farmers to save their own seed. 

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2015 Mentee Blog #1: Sheila Dobie

Hello all .. My Mentor is Jon Alcock – from Sunshine Farms in Kelowna. This is a very unique kind of farm as it is a kind of social enterprise – providing employment for special needs adults on the farm. It is a family operation and integrates seeds and produce

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2015 Mentee Blog #1: Ashton Sweetnam

My seed mentor, Sue Moore, came out to visit a few days ago to discuss how a seed saving practice could be established on my one acre market garden. Sue has been farming for many, many years and is an accomplished market gardener, nursery guardian, seed saver, and so much

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2015 Mentee Blog #1 – Jim McComb

Hello All, My mentor is Jim Grieshaber-Otto. He has specialized in grains and small-scale grain-growing is also of special interest to me but I am completely lacking in experience in both the growing and seed saving of all types of grains. I first met Jim on May 27th,shortly after our

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2015 Mentee Blog #1 – Suzy Coulter

Hello folks, My seed saving mentor is David Catzel, who has been farming at Fraser Common Farm as part of the Glorious Organics Co-op in Aldergrove for 10 years, and today at my first farm visit there, I learned that, among other things, he’s also done a stint at Linnea

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2015 Mentee Blog #1 – Rachel Voth

Here is the first Mentee blog post for 2015, just a short intro from Rachel Voth My mentor is Mary Alice Johnson, located at ALM organic farm and Full Circle Seeds in Otter Point (just west of Sooke on southwest Vancouver Island). Full Circle Seeds saves many different seed varieties,

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