Category — Seeds
A Handbook for Small-Scale Seed Production
By Seeds of Diversity Canada
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.
November 24, 2013 Comments Off
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.
September 27, 2013 Comments Off
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
June 19, 2013
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.
June 22, 2013 Comments Off
“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.
March 5, 2013 Comments Off
The reality of urban farming continues to express itself in every nook and cranny of the city.
By Daniel Rotsztain
February 4, 2013
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.
February 5, 2013 Comments Off
Grants Support Community Gardens and Sustainable Farming Programs Nationwide
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.
January 23, 2013 1 Comment
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.
January 15, 2013 Comments Off
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.
January 2, 2013 1 Comment
‘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.
December 2, 2012 1 Comment
Urban Farm: Build a Garden, Sustain it for Life
By Jarrod Tishhouse
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!
November 5, 2012 1 Comment
Following this English with Portuguese subtitled edition, online versions in French, Chinese and Japanese will be made available.
Now online. Full version of “Our Seeds” shot in eleven countries.
By Seed Savers directors, Michel and Jude Fanton
In September 2008 Seed Savers released “Our Seeds: Seeds Blong Yumi”, a 57 minute documentary that celebrates traditional food plants the people that grow them. It has been fitted with Chinese Japanese and Portuguese subtitles.
There are developed instructive motion graphics and a rich sound track, mostly indigenous music recorded on-location. Audio is English or Pacific Pigin. Subtitles are in English or French.
March 30, 2012 Comments Off
Burpee Home Gardens “I Can Grow” Youth Garden Award Gives a BOOST to School, Community Gardens Nationwide
Garden Grant Application Available Online, Due Dec. 23, 2011
Oct. 25, 2011
Burpee Home Gardens(R) is now accepting applications for the 2012 “I Can Grow” Youth Garden Award. In its third year, the “I Can Grow” program continues to support urban school and community gardens in cities across the United States. To date, the “I Can Grow” program has provided more than 8,000 vegetable and herb plants to help create 16 gardens nationwide.
October 28, 2011 Comments Off
One of four episodes about the Hull-House Urban Farm from 2010.
Hull-House Museum Opens Seed Library with Federal Grant
UIC News Release
University of Illinois at Chicago Office of Public Affairs
May 18, 2011
The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams Hull-House Museum will open a public heirloom seed library with a federal grant of more than $15,000.
The library will provide free, regionally adapted seeds to urban farmers and gardeners. People may apply for library cards to obtain seeds if they agree to plant the seeds, nurture the plants, and return some seeds from the next generation at the end of the season.
May 21, 2011 1 Comment
From Seed to table with One Seed Chicago – 2011 seeds are Radish, Eggplant and Swiss Chard
Childhood obesity is a serious problem facing our country, and it is compounded by the fact that many of our youths in urban areas live in so-called “food deserts.” Experts in the field of childhood nutrition are working on remedying this decades-long problem, but there is a short-term solution with potential to change live for the better. Give people seeds to farm their backyards, windowsills, patios and community gardens. Then follow the seeds with gardening information and a network of community gardeners ready to embrace the new crop of gardeners. That’s exactly what’s happening in Chicago, IL.
Through the One Seed Chicago project NeighborSpace, Chicago’s land trust for community gardens, has given away more than one million seeds since 2008. Every year three seeds are put up for a vote and residents vote for their favorite and the winning seeds is distributed absolutely free to everyone who voted. The goal is to unite the city in a celebration of gardening by giving seeds away for free to local residents.
January 5, 2011 1 Comment
Doylestown PA’s W. Atlee Burpee was just eighteen, when he started his own mail order business in 1872. By 1888, he had transformed the family home “Fordhook Farms” into his own experimental agricultural station where he grew and tested new varieties of flowers and vegetables before offering them for sale in his catalog. When W Burpee died in 1910, his was the largest seed company in the world.
Children can learn to enjoy healthier foods if they grow them with their parents. It’s easier than you think.
By George Ball
Opinion – Wall Street Journal
Jan. 3, 2011
Mr. Ball is chairman of the W. Atlee Burpee Co. and past president of the American Horticultural Society.
In our research at Atlee Burpee, we have found that kids who grow vegetables alongside their parents eat them regularly and with gusto. Peas, green beans and raw carrots—the very vegetables that kids are told to eat, their parents’ admonishing fingers wagging—are particular favorites.
January 4, 2011 1 Comment