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Community Dan Jason on Seed Saving: How to Organize for a Resilient Future

Dan Jason from Salt Spring Seeds came to Richmond for a talk on Friday January 21. This was the overview of his comments – we all must start to save seeds NOW. This is how:

Communities are talking a lot about local food security these days because of the increasingly uncertain times in which we live. Many people have even started using the term “food sovereignty” instead of “food security” because it conveys the idea of becoming self-reliant in food rather than simply having stockpiles of dubious food shipped from far away.

A fast growing movement that’s spreading across the globe involves people organizing together in “transition towns” to address the challenges of climate change, peak oil and economic instability. You can get more background at transitionnetwork.org or you could google transition Salt Spring, Victoria, Guelph or Peterborough, for examples. The aim of these transition towns is to create the ability to manage one’s own affairs in the midst of the huge transitions we are facing. Not surprisingly, every transition community lists locally grown food as a first priority.

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Marvelous Marigolds

Although I have planted hundreds of Marigolds for next year’s seeds, I could have sold our “seed” pots a thousand times, so, next year you will be able to order big, fat, gorgeous Marigolds in pots or individually for the fall as well as the beginning of the year. We should have seed available for next year too. But for now, I only have photos of these lovely prolific plants. Enjoy…

Big Orange is just beautiful. No photo (at least nothing I can take) can do these flowers justice.(wishing….new camera for Xmas…….).

Red/Orange variegated: these have huge flowers and their foliage is extremely healthy. They grow fast and stay good looking all year as long as you deadhead the old blossoms. Again, photos do no justice. Some of the blossoms measure almost 2″ across!

Marigolds are easy to grow but like all plants you do need to look after them. I see far too many marigolds planted and left to fend for themselves. They take to fish fertilizer well, and last a long time. In fact, you can get your marigolds early and seed them, and replant them for late summer. The plant that keeps on giving!