by Julie Jaman
photos by Julie jaman
The Saturday morning about 25 people spent with Steve Baker at the old fashioned seed exchange was an unexpected pleasure.
Steve is very knowledgeable about growing local spice and vegetable varieties and saving the seed, Steve is a terrific from-scratch cook as well as a grower and he shared a few of his recipes for mustards, vinegars and comestibles concocted from a variety of spice seeds.
Tessa Gowan, the owner of and grower for Seed Dreams (available at the Co-op), was at the exchange.
She shared her years of experience with growing and saving some of the best local heirloom vegetables and flowers
Both Steve and Tessa were very encouraging about experimenting and using open pollinated varieties.
We all joined into the discussion with questions and experiences to add to the information being shared about collecting
and properly storing seed for good quality and viability: containers, temperatures, longevity.
There were plenty of seeds to share and trade, not to be found in usual catalogues. The more we moved about the room
looking at the various collections the more exciting the prospects of sprouting new seeds and prepping for spring planting.
It looks like this Canadian tradition of the Seedy Saturday Seed Exchange will become an annual event at Quimper Grange. Leigh Wheaton and John Barr
Tessa Gowans answers questions.A lovely flower seed collection
Steve Baker shared his knowledge and his seeds.
thanks Julie so much for overview.
for interested parties I just wanted to add clay little pots made locally
is a nice way to preserve seeds in a box with sand. those that sprout
have a gauze cover + those that don't would have a cover. nice in root
cellar or dark cool place. also parchment paper but research which type
folding correctly so don't loose seeds + labeled saves room if room is an
issue.. along with a friendly log of history + contact, to know your
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