News

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. 

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. 

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.

Contact Us

Providence Motherhouse

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

613-544-4525
info@providence.ca

For a map and more contacts please visit the contact page