Island farmers consider seed banks

Improving the quality and quantity of food seed on central Vancouver Island a hot topic.

Improving the quality and quantity of food seed on central Vancouver Island was the  topic of discussion at the Central Island Seed Savers Network’s latest meeting.

Held Nov. 5, the meeting addressed the formulation of a seed bank for central Island farmers and growers.

Discussion on how best to save seeds for the future, and what models of seed banking would be appropriate for the region led network members to choose a seed directory to best secure seed availability.

While the seed directory is being compiled, a series of other initiatives are also underway including plans to produce public resources that outline how gardeners and growers can best source local seeds and where information on the practice of saving seed can be sourced from.

These resources will be made available at regional Seedy Saturday and Sunday events in 2012. E-mail jenand bearit@gmail.com.