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The 5-Year Plan for the Heirloom Seed Sanctuary
March 3, 2017
The 5-Year Plan for the Heirloom Seed Sanctuary

The seeds must be passed down to the next generation just as the Moucks passed them to the Sisters for stewardship.  But how can this happen?  Who is able to take on an entire collection of living seeds, grow them out under the right, local conditions and take the time to sort and store them each separately, managing population sizes and pollination?

Encouraged by the passion of seed people
February 8, 2017
Encouraged by the passion of seed people

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the Northeast Organic Farmers Association’s first Seed Conference, in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Looking back at a dry hot summer of drought
December 9, 2016
Looking back at a dry hot summer of drought

“In Kingston, weather stations in and around the city had never recorded an April and May as dry as they’ve seen this year, going back to at least 1960. The rain that fell over the city during those two months of 2016 was less than a quarter of the normal amount,” announced Scott Sutherland, meteorologist for the Weather Network.

The inspiring tale of the radish
October 26, 2016
The inspiring tale of the radish

By the Autumn Equinox, the radish that we normally see no longer exists. Instead a hollowed-out dry brown husk appears with a long dry stalk. But there is life!

Ideas in the barn
July 5, 2016
Ideas in the barn

In June, Heirloom Seed Sanctuary staff Cate Henderson and Annie Richard were interviewed for a CBC Radio Ideas segment, likely to be broadcast in November. 

Making plans to transition our seeds to  another home
April 11, 2016
Making plans to transition our seeds to another home

Providence Village is a heart-felt idea that is moving forward at 1200 Princess St, the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Providence. We don’t know yet exactly what it will be like, but it will certainly change the look of the wide-open spaces currently occupied by the lawn, meadow and gardens of this property. 

Seedy Saturday 2016 was record-breaking
April 11, 2016
Seedy Saturday 2016 was record-breaking

Every year Seedy Saturday gets bigger but this March, it got huge. 

April 2016 news and volunteer opportunity
April 5, 2016
April 2016 news and volunteer opportunity

A new issue was sent out on April 5. You can read it or sign up for it here.

Are the seeds contemplating their future, as I am?
April 1, 2016
Are the seeds contemplating their future, as I am?

Plant brain and winter brain have a lot of fuzziness in thinking. But there are plans to be made!

Weather issues more abundant than crops
December 9, 2015
Weather issues more abundant than crops

This year’s growing season brought far more climatic challenges than we like to see, although it’s easy to forget that fact when enjoying such ideal conditions at the moment.

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Providence Motherhouse

1200 Princess Street, P.O. Box 427
Kingston, Ontario, K7L 4W4

613-544-4525
info@providence.ca

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