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Seed Savers/Seed Libraries

Organized out of our Strathcona Park Field House, Savers is part of VV Neighbourhood Food Networks. Join VV, then Seed Savers.

We currently have 26 seed libraries in several neighbourhoods around Vancouver.  (See list below.) Some are accessible during regular operating hours, and some are accessible during workshops and other activities.

We run Seed Saving workshops, convene Seed Saver Clubs, hold Seed Packet Parties at the fieldhouse and elsewhere, save seeds from our Collaborative Gardens in Kits, Strathcona, and W. Pt. Grey, make seed donations to community and school gardens and other seed libraries, and support efforts to increase seed sovereinty. 

If you'd like to get involved, please contact seedsaving@villagevancouver.ca.

Location: Vancouver, and anywhere else!
Members: 64
Latest Activity: May 20

VV Seed Collectives/Projects/Libraries/Banks and Resources

VV Seed Saving Collectives/Projects/Libraries/Banks

Westside Neighbourhood Food Network Libraries                                     Kits Village Seed Savers/Seed Libraries 

     -- 4 libraries: Kits Village Seed Library (roving), Seed Library @ Kits branch Library, VPL, Seed Library @ MLA David Eby's office, Kits Village Collaborative Garden Seed Library

  Kerrisdale Village Seed Savers Club/Seed Libraries 

       --3 libraries (including 2 bike pannier libraries )(@Kerrisdale CC workshops and elewhere)

  W. Pt. Grey Village Seed Library (Aberthau Garden/WPGCC) )(@Aberthau workshops, EcoGarden work parties, and elewhere)

Downtown Eastside                                                                                               Carnegie Community Centre (in collaboration with Hives for Humanity)

Fairview/False Creek Neighbourhood Food Network Seed Library (@workshops at Charleson Garden and elsewhere)

Grandview Woodland Seed Library (in collaboration with GW Food Connection) (@Stone Soup Festival and other activiies)

Riley Park/Little Moutain/Main Street Seed Libraries                                                              Main Street Neighbourhood Village Seed Library

     Riley Park Community Garden Seed Library (in collaboration with LMRPFN)

     LMRPFN Seniors activities (4 small libraries, inc. 2 temporary)

Marpole-Oakridge Neighbourhood Food Network Seed Library (@MOCC                           workshops and @ other activities,  previously at Marpole Place Neighbourhood   House)

Mt. Pleasant Seed Libraries 

      Mt. Pleasant branch Vancouver Public Library (in collaboration with MPVPL)

      Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House (in collaboration with MPNH and MP Food            Network)

Strathcona Seed Libraries

      Strathcona Community Centre Seed Library (in collaboration with SCC and                  SFSP)

       VV Strathcona Field House Seed Library

West End VV/WE Neighbourhood Food Network Seed Libraries (in collaboration              w/ WENFN and WECC, Gordon Neighbourhood House Library in collaboration          with GNH))

      -- 3 libraries (@WECC potlucks, workshops, and other actvities, one roving,                   @GNH activities)

VV roving Seed Library: @VV workshops in Champlain Heights (CHCC), Fraserview-Killarney ((Riverlands Community Garden), Sunset (Sunset CC),  Douglas Park (DPCC), community fairs and festivals around town

Pending: TCC (Hastings-Sunrise), KNH (WFC), Linden Tree (WFC), Spartacus (CC), Nelson, BC

 

RESOURCES

VV DIY Seedpack template info page! Create your own seed packets. Seed packet template

 

Download "How to Grow a_Seed Collective" by Robin Wheeler here, and then do it!

Download "A Guide to Seed Saving, Seed Stewardship & Seed Sovereignty" by the Seed Ambassadors Project (Jan 2010), and then do it!

 

Discussion Forum

Village Vancouver seed packet folding work party Sunday, April 12th, 3-6 pm

Started by Ross Moster Apr 11, 2015. 0 Replies

Hi all,We're having a seed packet folding party on Sunday, April 12th from 3-6 pm in Kits, near the beach. A potluck will follow.Goal: create over a thousand new seed packets for our various seed…Continue

VV Seed Library Box Building Day

Started by Ross Moster. Last reply by Ross Moster Nov 9, 2013. 1 Reply

Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 10am to 12:30pm McBride Park Fieldhouse, 4th and Waterloo, KitsJoin members of Kits, Main Street, and other Village Seed Saving Projects in building and painting…Continue

Kits Village/Main St. Village/Dunbar Village FREE Seed Saving Workshops

Started by Ross Moster Feb 20, 2013. 0 Replies

Sunday, February 24 from 9am to 12:30pmKits, near beach. Address to be sent to RSVPers a couple days before.Organized by Ross Moster, Kits Village Seed Savers/Library, Main Street Village Seed…Continue

Billets needed for 2012 BC Seed Gathering

Started by Ross Moster Oct 9, 2012. 0 Replies

There will be people coming from all over BC to attend the 2012 Seed Gathering. If you can billet someone for November 9th and 10th (or possibly the 9th, 10th, and 11th), please let us know. Contact…Continue

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Comment by Cylia on April 4, 2011 at 9:38am

Peter and I went to the Seed savers garden forum yesterday and Ross presented an idea to have a seed library, where people could check out seeds to give them a try. In return they would be asked to grow out the seed and return new viable seed to the library.  Nifty idea.  Still wrapping my head around how this might work.

Comment by Amy Tran on March 16, 2011 at 9:45pm
The Seed Savers Garden Forum is a series of informal discussions around seed saving, including such topics as garden preparation and selection methods. Join us for our first forum on Sunday, April 3rd from 1 to 3pm, in the Cottonwood Community Garden in Strathcona. VV event page!
Comment by Amy Tran on February 14, 2011 at 6:04pm
To help streamline communications, the Cedar Cottage Seed Savers Collective have created their own VV group. Join here!
Comment by Amy Tran on February 9, 2011 at 5:40pm
The Cedar Cottage Seed Savers are having their next meeting on Sunday, March 6th! Please RSVP on the event page: Cedar Cottage Seed Savers Collective Meeting - Members from other neighbourhoods/villages are very welcome to attend.
Comment by Cylia on January 26, 2011 at 7:46pm

Hi everyone,

At Dan Jason's talk last night (Friday), Emily brought up the CETA agreement which could mean the end of farmer's rights to save seed. Here's some more information:

http://www.cban.ca/Resources/Topics/Trade/NFU-Canada-Europe-Free-Tr...

 

Arzeena Hamir MSc. P.Ag.

Coordinator

Richmond Food Security Society

http://richmondfoodsecurity.org

coordinator@richmondfoodsecurity.org

http://twitter.com/arzeena

Comment by Amy Tran on January 21, 2011 at 3:12pm

The Cedar Cottage Seed Savers are having their next meeting on Sunday, February 6th! Here's the event page: Cedar Cottage Seed Savers Collective Meeting - Members from other neighbourhoods/villages welcome. Hope to see you there!

Comment by Cylia on January 16, 2011 at 11:33pm
Hello Amy and Tara:  yes, we have a seat for each of you to Dan's talk. Please arrive at Peter and our home at 615 pm Friday.  Let me know if you need our address again.  Buzz unit 19.  Thanks.  cylia
Comment by Alexandra Brigham on January 12, 2011 at 5:04pm

Oh I'd love to go see Dan talk but unfortunately must work :(

And Robin, please send me the details of the first meeting!

This is very exciting!!

Comment by Robin S. on January 12, 2011 at 2:43pm

Hi everyone,

The Cedar Cottage Seed Saving Collective had a very successful first meeting, and if anyone is interested in a run-down of the meeting, please let me know. It's pretty long so I don't want to post it in full here, but I can send it as a message to anyone who wants to take a look.

 

Cheers

 

Robin

Comment by Amy Tran on January 12, 2011 at 1:18pm
Hi Cylia, I'd love to carpool with you if you still have a seat available!
 

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