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How to Pass Heirloom Seeds to the Next Generation
April 18, 2019
How to Pass Heirloom Seeds to the Next Generation

This task of dividing up the seeds between the two organizations chosen to steward them is a big one, but it is far from the only task necessary to complete.  There has been some discernment on the part of the partner organizations as to what they can reasonably accomplish, which has led in part to a Seed Division Protocol to guide us in this task.  

Tomato Tasting Celebration: Connecting food with health, joy, justice & nature
November 23, 2018
Tomato Tasting Celebration: Connecting food with health, joy, justice & nature

With the Heirloom Seed Sanctuary (HSS) ministry moving towards completion, the HSS committee felt a return of the Heirloom Tomato Celebration would be appropriate to mark the final growing season of the heirloom seeds on the Providence Motherhouse grounds.

Kingston Seedy Saturday says 'Thank you!'
August 28, 2018
Kingston Seedy Saturday says 'Thank you!'

Sister of Providence Kay Morrell attended Kingston Seedy Saturday for the first time this year, bringing along Sister Elise Nikiema who is a Sister of the Immaculate Conception of Ouagadougou visiting from Burkina Faso, in Africa. She wanted to share with Sister Elise an original Canadian phenomenon, Seedy Saturday, which began in Canada in the 1990s and has since spread to other countries. 

Sacred, Secular, Indigenous Women Gather to Steward Seed Inheritance
March 6, 2018
Sacred, Secular, Indigenous Women Gather to Steward Seed Inheritance

For 19 growing seasons the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul stewarded an heirloom seed sanctuary brought to them by Robert and Carol Mouck to preserve and propagate. Last week, women who have enacted their stewardship of those seeds until now, for now, and for the future gathered together.

Return of heirloom seeds to indigenous communities that originally cultivated them
June 21, 2017
Return of heirloom seeds to indigenous communities that originally cultivated them

I was recently asked to participate in a working group called the Community Seed Network, which is a collective of seed savers from across North America who are engaged in sharing seeds rather than selling them. 

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. 

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. 

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