[permaculture] Safe Seed Sources
harvestcircle at hotmail.com
Fri Apr 16 15:05:25 EDT 2010
Thank you. I looked over your list and really like the way you organized it. One of the garden classes I teach is about gardening with the elements of our ancestors. For me that is air, fire, water and earth.
Where in BC is kaslo? Do you allow visitors? I have been "hearing" an increasingly loud call to visit BC and its seedfolk and gardeners.
> From: wodraska at mac.com
> To: permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org
> Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2010 11:20:50 -0700
> Subject: [permaculture] Safe Seed Sources
> Count Aurora Farm Seeds in Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada among the
> group of sources who feel very secure about what they are offering
> folks. Our seeds are listed at
> Woody Wodraska
> wodraska at mac.com
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> > Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 13:02:12 -0700
> > From: jamesdavid Sneed <harvestcircle at hotmail.com>
> > Subject: [permaculture] safe seed sources
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> > After my earlier message about the declining safety of our seeds, I
> > felt it necessary to list a couple more sources, who, while not
> > testing their material after harvest, feel very secure about what
> > they are offering folks. Both George Stevens of Synergy Seeds in
> > Willow Creek California and Tessa Gowans of Seed Dreams in Port
> > Townsend have dedicated their lives to preserving and distributing
> > the safest seed thay can, and are meticulous and honest about
> > assessing the sites at which their seeds are grown.
> > There are undoubtedly others. A rule of thumb for beets, chard and
> > mangels is that the seed must be grown at least two miles from any
> > other members of that species that may have gone to seed. Garden
> > beets, mangels, chard and sugar beets all cross with each other, and
> > since the gmo sugar beets inserted genes into the neighboring chard
> > and beet fields for at least a few years before being discovered, a
> > seed grower is even endangered by nearby gardnes in which chard or
> > beets grown from untested seed sources have been allowed to go to
> > seed. Most off-the-shelf seed packets fall into this category, so if
> > your neighbor buys beet or chard seed at the local feed or hardware
> > store, it could contaminate your seed.
> > A solution is to offer your neighbors some free seed from your
> > tested varieties, in exchange for them not growing the suspect seed.
> > Generosity can work wonders in communication.
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