Sunday, 29 January 2012

Seeds, Seeds, Seeds!

Well here we are again, January. One of my favorite times of year. The seed catalogs start arriving and the excitement of "what should we grow this year" starts to heighten. Tried and true varieties are a must, but every year we get a chance to try something new. One of the new crops we will be trying this year are Kermit Eggplants. These little green and white speckled eggplants are a Thai specialty, lending their delicious texture to soups and curries. We will also be growing Cheddar and Graffiti Cauliflower, a cheddar orange and bright purple variety, which will make a stunning display at market.

One of our favorite seed companies is Johnny's Selected Seeds (http://www.johnnyseeds.com/). They still lead the way in prices and varieties available (not to mention very timely and consistent shipping). We supplement our seed order from Johnny's with seeds from West Coast seeds and William Dam in Ontario.

We will also be trying to grow a large variety of our own seed this year. Seed saving is starting to become a lost art, which is unfortunate because it is essential to ensuring local food security. We have grown crops for seed in previous years, but this year we will be trying it on a much larger scale.

One of my friends shared a link with me that I would like to share with you. The Richmond Seed Saving Library is an amazing project down in Richmond CA, that lets people borrow seeds from their library, and shows them how to grow, maintain and harvest the seeds from that particular crop.



There is a project through Farm Folk City Folk called BC Seeds (http://www.farmfolkcityfolk.ca/programs/farm/seed_strategy.html), that will be possibly trying to start up a Seed Library here in Richmond BC. And I will write more on that as it unfolds.

Shauna Gavigan