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Chestnut farmer on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon

A Low-Tech Organic Chestnut Farmer from Cooking Up a Story on Vimeo.

Chris Foster of Cascadia Chestnuts

By Rebecca Gerendasy
Cooking Up a Story
Oct 14, 2014

Excerpt:

I’ve had a curiosity about chestnuts for many years – since childhood, actually. We used to go Fall hunting for the ‘perfect’ chestnut as they fell to the ground. But those were horse chestnuts, not the edible type. There was the old classic song, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, kept alive most notably by the Nat King Cole version. But the edible kind weren’t available by the time I was growing up – most of the big American chestnut trees were wiped out by a fungus in the early 1900’s. For me, chestnuts were a mythical food.

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October 14, 2014   No Comments

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest program

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Purple Bumble Bee Tomato.

At regular intervals throughout the growing season, the program delivers seedlings to several dozen community gardens around town

By Mark Thompson
Farming Philly
June 2, 2014

Excerpt:

… the program produces an estimated 200,000 seedlings a year at five greenhouses around the city, one of which is located on the grounds of a minimum security prison. About 80 percent of the seedlings are crop varieties that have previously been grown and distributed by City Harvest, and have generated positive feedback from community gardeners around town, he said. The other 20 percent are new varieties.

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June 18, 2014   Comments Off

SeedWise: Selling and buying organic seeds online directly from USA farmers

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Floriana Red Flint Corn.

The mission is to help customers buy organic seeds directly from the farmer, while helping seed farmers earn more of a living by selling at retail prices instead of wholesale to seed catalogs.

Press Release by Luke Callahan
San Luis Obispo CA
May 12, 2014

Seedwise.com, the organic and non-GMO seed marketplace, has created an online platform for organic seed farmers to connect directly with retail consumers. Home gardeners and farmers alike can now purchase seeds with the added knowledge of exactly where and by whom, their seeds have been grown.

SeedWise is breaking down one of the last barriers of transparency in the organic movement by integrating the farmer at the root level of commercial exchange. Unlike even the most well-respected organic seed companies, SeedWise allows buyers to choose not just seed variety, but also provides the choice of seeds grown in specific climates, by particular farms.

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May 13, 2014   Comments Off

Twitter-enabled vending machine gives out free seeds for tweets

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The company is also running a Pledge to Plant sweepstakes, which will reward 50 random people with a home garden package and a donation to their local garden program (valued at $550)

By Derek Markham
Treehugger
March 6, 2014

Excerpt:

In an organic twist on the standard vending machines we’re all familiar with, one organic seed and food company is combining social media, gardening, and giveaways, all of which help promote the company’s generous garden grant program.

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March 14, 2014   Comments Off

SEED: The Untold Story – a documentary film in production

From creators of Queen Of The Sun & Real Dirt On Farmer John.

Directors Taggart Siegel, Jon Betz
Collective Eye Films
Coming 2014

Excerpt:

SEED: The Untold Story, a feature-length documentary film, tells the harrowing and heartening story of humans’ 12,000-year relationship with seeds. As many irreplaceable seeds are nearing extinction, SEED unveils a David and Goliath battle for their future. The film follows an absorbing journey into “doomsday” seed vaults, the colorful dedication of seed savers, and the world of indigenous tribes, who strive to protect our sacred seed ancestry. SEED celebrates the mystery, power and essential nature of seeds. Entertaining and engaging, SEED will ignite the imagination of audiences, inspiring them to be part of a brave new movement dedicated to safeguarding our world’s sustainable future.

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December 26, 2013   Comments Off

How to Save Your Own Seeds

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A Handbook for Small-Scale Seed Production

By Seeds of Diversity Canada
6th Edition
2013

This 68 page handbook is greatly expanded from the previous edition, giving seed savers the most up-to-date information on seeds, flowers, and pollination. It demystifies the techniques of saving seeds from common garden vegetables, giving simple detailed instructions for each type.

Written with beginners and experts in mind, this is a manual for home seed savers as well as small-scale commercial growers. Whether you are learning to save rare heirloom varieties, discovering how to save money by growing your own seeds, or simply interested in learning more about the finer aspects of seeds and gardening, this is an excellent beginner’s manual. Sections for the advanced seed saver give details on seed production of biennial crops (beets, carrots, celery, leeks, etc), hand pollination, and many more helpful hints.

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November 24, 2013   Comments Off

Seed Tabs in your favourite cafes

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We created small packets of seeds called SeedTabs to make buying and planting seeds as easy as drinking coffee.

Excerpts from SeedTab website:

Over a year ago we started handing out small packets of seeds to friends and family. The drug like bags full of seeds received confused looks that quickly faded into smiles as understanding took over. The response was consistent, people are excited to plant, but aren’t willing to go out of their way to find the needed items. We decided to eliminate this hurtle by developing SeedTabs and offering them in the high traffic locations of our communities.

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September 27, 2013   Comments Off

Selling seeds from her truck in Vancouver, BC

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Judy Kenzie with her truck farm in Vancouver that she says “opens doors for me, for the seed business.”

Vancouver woman’s truck bed full of sprouting tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, Swiss chard, parsley, sunflowers, squash, kale, chives, sorrel, savory and edible flowers like borage, nasturtiums and violas

By Shelley Fralic
Vancouver Sun
June 19, 2013

Excerpt:

Cleverly packaged in stylish, retro-labelled tin cans, the 14 selections in the seed collection include Junior Farmer, Urban Apothecary, Easy Peasy, Bee Garden, Edible Flowers, Quick and Dirty and the Shade Flower collection.

The instant gardens are sold for $ 17 to $ 28 online and in dozens of gift and florist shops and at farmers’ markets, street festivals and sustainability fairs throughout the province.

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June 22, 2013   Comments Off

Rooftop Ready Seeds in Brooklyn, New York

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“I focus on selecting varieties that grow well in containers and can handle our crazy urban heat island weather.”

Founded by Zach Pickens

Launched in 2010, Rooftop Ready Seeds has launched a new website and online store, offering 25 varieties of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds for urban gardeners in New York City. Rooftop Ready Seeds is the first seed company to offer New York gardeners a line of locally-grown seed tailored to their unique urban climate and container planting conditions.

All Rooftop Ready Seeds are open-pollinated and grown using only organic methods in several rooftop locations in and around Brooklyn–including a special seed-saving partnership with Brooklyn Grange. Each variety of seed is collected from individual plants that have proven to thrive year after year in the urban garden environment, with some varieties representing sixth-generation seeds.

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March 5, 2013   Comments Off

Build Your Own Pop-Up Seed Swapping Station

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The reality of urban farming continues to express itself in every nook and cranny of the city.

By Daniel Rotsztain
Popupcity
February 4, 2013

Excerpt:

Hawaii-based Eating in Public’s Seed-Sharing stations are unmonitored installations that have started to pop up all over the USA and Canada. They offer an easily accessible space for urban gardeners to exchange seeds and important information about how to best grow their fruits and veggies.

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February 5, 2013   Comments Off

Seeds of Change® Awards Twelve $10,000 “Share the Good” Grants

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Four of the winners.

Grants Support Community Gardens and Sustainable Farming Programs Nationwide

Los Angeles
January 22, 2013

Seeds of Change®, maker of nutritious organic foods, is excited to announce the 12 recipients of its $10,000 “Share the Good” grants in support of community based gardening and sustainable farming.

The 12 recipients were selected from more than 13,000 entries and nominations received as part of the grant program to enhance the environmental, economic, and social well-being of gardens, farms, farmers and communities. Organizations told Seeds of Change® how they share the good in their communities through sustainable gardening and farming for a chance to receive one of 12 $10,000 grants.

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January 23, 2013   1 Comment

The Zero Mile Diet: Carolyn Herriot at TEDxVictoria

Author of ‘The Zero Mile Diet’- A Year Round Guide to Growing Organic Food

Published on Dec 18, 2012

Carolyn Herriot is a food security consultant and regular columnist for the BC Home & Garden and CommonGround magazines, as well as the best-selling author of A Year on the Garden Path: A 52-Week Organic Gardening Guide, The Zero Mile Diet, and The Zero-Mile Diet Cookbook. Herriot grows certified organic seeds for “Seeds of Victoria” at The Garden Path Centre in Victoria.

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January 15, 2013   Comments Off

Started in 1783, Franchi Seeds is the oldest family run seed company in the world

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7 generations still in the same family

Franchi Sementi S.P.A., of Bergamo in northern Italy is a family company that was formed in 1783 and has grown to be one of the largest seed companies in Italy. For more than 220 years thay have been selling traditional seed varieties to discriminating gardeners and cooks in Italy, and and recently around the world.

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January 2, 2013   1 Comment

Portrait of Dan Jason, a pioneer in seed farming in British Columbia

‘The Gift’ by Jean-Marc Abela

The Gift is a portrait of Dan Jason, a pioneer in seed farming who has gone against the grain of industrial agriculture. He shares with us an alternate vision of the bounty nature provides.

Salt Spring Seeds

This is our 25th year of promoting a safe and sustainable, local agriculture. It is very gratifying to now see so many individuals and communities across Canada embracing this concept! We hope that some of the vegetables, beans, grains and herbs in this catalogue will help you to become more self-reliant in food and medicine.

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December 2, 2012   1 Comment

A Time Capsule Full of Heirloom Seeds

Urban Farm: Build a Garden, Sustain it for Life

By Jarrod Tishhouse
Kickstarter Project
Nov 1, 2012

Custom build your own heirloom garden – sealed and encapsulated, so you can plant when you’re ready!

The concept behind Urban Farm is to create fully customizable, sustainable gardens that will provide renewable food year-after-year and even continue thriving in economic crisis. Most “survival gardens” I’ve researched on the web are way overpriced, don’t give you much of a selection, and are far too generic. Guess what? I don’t like cauliflower, and I don’t want to grow it! You do? Great! But maybe you don’t care about melons – or maybe you’re a melon fiend! This project allows you to create your own garden with what you want in it, which I will then seal into a custom-made capsule to be stored for however long you want!

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November 5, 2012   1 Comment