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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: 65
Latest Activity: May 20, 2018

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 Ross Moster on December 31, 2010 at 2:51pm

Hi Alexandra,

OK, good that you were able to get a copy. (Not sure what the deal is with the PDF cost.)  And re: FFCF as a resource for books to borrow.

Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners by Suzanne Ashworth is worth checking out.

It's too bad that you can't make the visioning session, but again, there'll be plenty of ops. One suggestion -- once the announcement for the gathering is posted on the GW neighbourhood page (in the next day or so), you could indicate your interest there in getting a collective going in the neighbourhood.

Happy Holidays!

Ross

Alexandra Brigham
Comment by Alexandra Brigham 2 hours ago
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Ross: Unfortunately I can't make the potluck because I have another get together immediately following the farmers' market. Too involved it seems :P

As for the book, I am happy to purchase it for this group and for my personal knowledge and enjoyment. I just visited the FFCF website and was able to download PDF for free, though it says right in the PDF that
it costs $5 for the PDF. Anyways, I've got it now and will read through
it when I can. And there are many books out there on seed saving, which I
may borrow from FFCF then eventually buy.

 

Alexis: is your friend on VV?

 

Happy holidays to you all!

Alexandra

Ross Moster
Comment by Ross Moster 2 hours ago
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Alexis, I think the focus will be on Cedar Cottage, but it will be a good opportunity for anyone in any neighbourhood to get plugged in and
explore how to move forward.

Your friend might also want to come to the the Grandview Woodland visioning session in the afternoon (see my comment to Alexandra below) - I'm sure the GW seed collective will come up there.

Cheers,

Ross

Ross Moster
Comment by Ross Moster 2 hours ago
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That's cool Alexandra. No worries if you can't make it, there will be plenty of opportunities. Immediately following the seed collective
gathering Grandview Woodland Neighbourhood village is having a potluck/visioning session (more details to be posted/sent out later today). Could you attend this?

In terms of resources, we're using Robin Wheeler's How to Grow a Seed
Collective: a community template for seed saving. We don't have any
extra copies at the moment, but you can download a digital copy from
Farm Folk City Folk for $5. (Or but a hard copy for $10). If cost is an
issue, VV can spring some bucks to get you one.

The next seed saving workshops are coming up on Feb 27.

I have to run now, but will be in touch.

Happy holidays,

Ross

Alexis Bach
Comment by Alexis Bach 4 hours ago
Delete Comment I have a friend willing to be in the seed collective, but
she lives in the Grandview/Woodlands area.  Are all the neighbourhoods
to connect on Jan 8th?
Alexandra Brigham
Comment by Alexandra Brigham 16 hours ago
Delete Comment Ross, I'm interested in coordinating a Grandview-Woodlands
group but need more resources on seed saving. Do you have any
recommendations or things you can pass along?
Alexandra Brigham
Comment by Alexandra Brigham 16 hours ago
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Yes Celia, thank you for taking the initiative! This is very exciting :)

I live in Grandview-Woodland and would love to attend but I'll be volunteering at the winter farmers' market. I look forward to future gatherings!

Ross Moster
Comment by Ross Moster 1 day ago
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That's great Alexis. Andrew, who was also at the October seed saving workshop (and lives in Strathcona) also volunteered to be the connector
there, so let's get everyone connected and figure out how to proceed.

A nice core of seed saver facilitators is starting to emerge.

It's also looking like there might be enough interest to start collectives in a few neighbourhoods - Kits, Grandview Woodland, Main St. etc.

Anyone else interested in being a catalyst for this in your neighbourhood village?

Cheers,                                                                                           Ross

Alexis Bach
Comment by Alexis Bach on December 29, 2010 at 11:07am
Delete Comment I'm willing to manage the Strathcona seed collective... I
have the manual and am going to be in touch with Jaime after the new
year to see what we can get brewed up.
Ross Moster
Comment by Ross Moster on December 28, 2010 at 2:34pm
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Okey dokey, 10 on the 8th. And I'll know whether I'll be in your neck of the woods later this week by tomorrow.

Did you know that any VV member can post an event on the events page? So you can just go ahead and post it. I'd also suggest posting to Seed Saving, and to Transition Cedar
Cottage, as I know there are other seed savers there.

I'm not sure if you and Robin ("record keeper" Robin) got a chance to chat at the workshop. It would be great for the two of you to touch base; I'll connect you shortly.

It's nice to see things coming together.

Cheers,

Ross
Cylia
Comment by Cylia on December 28, 2010 at 1:45pm
Delete Comment How do we get this meeting on the e-calendar.  I will email
those that reply back with my home address and phone number.  cylia

 

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Comment by Alexandra Brigham on December 31, 2010 at 12:28pm

Ross: Unfortunately I can't make the potluck because I have another get together immediately following the farmers' market. Too involved it seems :P

As for the book, I am happy to purchase it for this group and for my personal knowledge and enjoyment. I just visited the FFCF website and was able to download PDF for free, though it says right in the PDF that it costs $5 for the PDF. Anyways, I've got it now and will read through it when I can. And there are many books out there on seed saving, which I may borrow from FFCF then eventually buy.

 

Alexis: is your friend on VV?

 

Happy holidays to you all!

Alexandra

Comment by Ross Moster on December 31, 2010 at 11:57am

Alexis, I think the focus will be on Cedar Cottage, but it will be a good opportunity for anyone in any neighbourhood to get plugged in and explore how to move forward.

Your friend might also want to come to the the Grandview Woodland visioning session in the afternoon (see my comment to Alexandra below) - I'm sure the GW seed collective will come up there.

Cheers,

Ross

Comment by Ross Moster on December 31, 2010 at 11:50am

That's cool Alexandra. No worries if you can't make it, there will be plenty of opportunities. Immediately following the seed collective gathering Grandview Woodland Neighbourhood village is having a potluck/visioning session (more details to be posted/sent out later today). Could you attend this?

In terms of resources, we're using Robin Wheeler's How to Grow a Seed Collective: a community template for seed saving. We don't have any extra copies at the moment, but you can download a digital copy from Farm Folk City Folk for $5. (Or but a hard copy for $10). If cost is an issue, VV can spring some bucks to get you one.

The next seed saving workshops are coming up on Feb 27.

I have to run now, but will be in touch.

Happy holidays,

Ross

Comment by Alexandra Brigham on December 30, 2010 at 9:44pm
Ross, I'm interested in coordinating a Grandview-Woodlands group but need more resources on seed saving. Do you have any recommendations or things you can pass along?
Comment by Alexandra Brigham on December 30, 2010 at 9:42pm

Yes Celia, thank you for taking the initiative! This is very exciting :)

I live in Grandview-Woodland and would love to attend but I'll be volunteering at the winter farmers' market. I look forward to future gatherings!

Comment by Ross Moster on December 30, 2010 at 12:14pm

That's great Alexis. Andrew, who was also at the October seed saving workshop (and lives in Strathcona) also volunteered to be the connector there, so let's get everyone connected and figure out how to proceed.

A nice core of seed saver facilitators is starting to emerge.

It's also looking like there might be enough interest to start collectives in a few neighbourhoods - Kits, Grandview Woodland, Main St. etc.

Anyone else interested in being a catalyst for this in your neighbourhood village?

Cheers,                                                                                           Ross

Comment by Ross Moster on December 28, 2010 at 2:34pm

Okey dokey, 10 on the 8th. And I'll know whether I'll be in your neck of the woods later this week by tomorrow.

Did you know that any VV member can post an event on the events page? So you can just go ahead and post it. I'd also suggest posting to Seed Saving, and to Transition Cedar
Cottage, as I know there are other seed savers there.

I'm not sure if you and Robin ("record keeper" Robin) got a chance to chat at the workshop. It would be great for the two of you to touch base; I'll connect you shortly.

It's nice to see things coming together.

Cheers,

Ross
Comment by Cylia on December 28, 2010 at 1:45pm
How do we get this meeting on the e-calendar.  I will email those that reply back with my home address and phone number.  cylia
Comment by Cylia on December 28, 2010 at 1:45pm

Hi Ross, ok, with me.

Meet around 10 on Jan.8, meeting 1030-12 (with nibbling allowed).

Yes, let's figure out how to get the booklet to me so I can look at it this week.

Cylia

 

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