Yes, we do. Why?
For several reasons, some of which follow:
- To contribute to the long-term preservation of non-hybrid seeds, so that future generations can continue to enjoy, and preserve, the diversity of a plant variety/type.
- To support the Seeds of Diversity’s* seed preservation program–a Canadian program partly supported by the Bauta Foundation.
- To honour our past association members by having each member choose a seed to be preserved in their name. Then, we officially adopt “their” seed through the adoption process at the Seeds of Diversity’s Seed Library.
Partial adoptions of $50 each are welcome–and full adoption is $250 CAD. Explore the seeds that still need funding here.
Following is the list of past Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday members, along with the seed chosen to be preserved in his or her name.
Name of Seed # in Library Member’s Name Bean : Everbearing Joy #448 for Joy Smith Tomato : Paragon #1687 for Linda Rehlinger Tomato : Believe It or Not #733 for Craig Young Swiss Chard : Orange Fantasia #2143 for Birgitta Mick Kale : Rainbow Lacinato #2629 for Diane Sharp Lettuce : Cimmaron #313 for Anne Sharp Lettuce : Red Velvet #312 for Louise Cotterill Tomato : Gold Millions #5012 for Marg Lowe Lettuce : Dazzle #2031 for Sue Beatty Lettuce : Arctic King #2500 for Marianne Hodges Corn : Cherokee Cornfield #1339 for Sandy Glazier Lettuce : Little Gem #2113 for Joanne Moger Tomato : Ardwyna Paste #2579 for Frankie Michaluk
* We encourage others to consider adopting a seed, and to join Seeds of Diversity—a Canadian association dedicated to all aspects of growing, sharing, saving, and preserving seeds. A visit to their website will lead you to a wide variety of help and other topics.
> Seeds of Diversity website (https://seeds.ca/)