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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Vancouver, and anywhere else!
Latest Activity: Feb 14, 2021
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
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!
Started by Ross Moster Apr 11, 2015. 0 Replies 0 Likes
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
Started by Ross Moster. Last reply by Ross Moster Nov 9, 2013. 1 Reply 0 Likes
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
Started by Ross Moster Feb 20, 2013. 0 Replies 0 Likes
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
Started by Ross Moster Oct 9, 2012. 0 Replies 1 Like
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
Looking for a low cost/free venue hopefully close to or in Cedar Cottage area to host a seedsaving workshop -- beginner level -- in the next few weeks. Please contact me if you know of a place or can offer a meeting space. Thanks. Cylia
Calling all seed geeks!
If you love seeds and the people who grow them, if you are the people who grow them, or if you want to be the people who grow them, save this date - November 9-11 is the BC Seeds Gathering 2012. Check this link for further details http://www.farmfolkcityfolk.ca/events/bc-seeds-gathering-2012/
The Cedar Cottage seed saving collective is hoping to be able to offer black turtle (bush) bean, cranberry bean, dragon tongue bean, kintoki bean, black-seeded Simpson lettuce, darlaine pea (soup) and ancho hot pepper to "grow out". We will be testing for viability in the spring and may need to purchase more seed.
Contact email@example.com if you’re interested in helping out. Our next meeting will be in January 2012.
I have begun to post 2012 Seedy Saturday (Sunday) events on our wordpress account located at http://ccseedsavers.wordpress.com/ . The first one is late January. Feel free to subscribe to get the latest news.
The Cedar Cottage Seed Savers Collective is holding a Community Seed Saving workshop this Sunday at Strathcona Community Centre from 1-4 pm.
Please pre-register at firstname.lastname@example.org to hold your spot.
More info can be found by going to our webpage
The Environmental Youth Alliance is having its annual "Spring Seed Swap" event on Saturday, April 16th, 10am-1pm at the Eco-Pavilion in the Strathcona Community Garden. We'd like to encourage gardeners from all over the city to come by to exchange seeds and to browse through the seed collection that EYA is happy to share, especially with new gardeners! For more information on this event, please contact email@example.com, or message me.
VV event page: http://www.villagevancouver.ca/events/eyas-spring-seed-swap
Hello: I'm very glad it went well. Thank you - still feeling a bit foggy but I'm sure a few more days of rest will help immensely.
Yes, agreed that we should be concentrating on our own seed collective for the time being. The question of seed purity is something that has to be seriously considered, and I know that it keeps coming up in our meetings.
I hope to email the group within the next few days in regards to our next meeting and items that need addressing.
Hi Amy: I hope you're feeling much better. It was a good group and discussion.
I am open to both ideas, with enough seed being kept for purity and heritage value, while extra seed could be donated to seed libraries. It's one way to get people engaged in learning about seed saving.
For now, we can concentrate on our seed collective. We're not quite at the seed giving away stage. Also, there is the question of seed purity.
Hey Cylia - sorry to have missed you, Peter, Ross (and everyone else!) yesterday at the Seed Savers forum. Really wish I could have been there... :( The seed library Ross mentioned was this one that recently started up in San Francisco: http://www.bcfoodsecuritygateway.ca/modules.php?name=Content&pa... (the page has a further link to http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/4/prweb8264038.htm)
The one I've known about for a little while now is the one in Richmond, California: http://www.richmondgrows.org/ I love that the seed lending library itself operates out of their public library.
Perhaps we should discuss this concept at our next meeting? It could certainly tie in to our concept of a seed bank, and how we should be operating it. It would seem that the "seed library" would require a lot more work as it is open to the public (with a pre-requisite orientation, whether in-person or online) whereas our "seed bank" is a more closed entity, and more for exchange with other seed banks/collectives...would you agree?
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