Join us on Saturday May 23 or Sunday May 24 from 2-5 in the parking lot at St Luke’s Anglican Church, 235 Nelson St, to pick up open-pollinated seeds and tomato seedlings grown from the KASSI LIVING SEED COMMONS.

Of course we will be doing this safely and socializing at a distance! 

The KASSI LIVING SEED COMMONS is a collection of locally adapted open-pollinated seeds. Open-pollinated plants grow like their parents. They produce seeds that can be legally grown, saved and shared. They are the foundation of our food system

Did you know that you can save viable bean seeds from just one plant! The same is true for squash, tomatoes, lettuce and most of the flowers in the KASSI Living Seed Commons!

Our seeds and seed collections are available on a sliding scale donation.   We don’t sell our seeds because we acknowledge and respect that they are living beings. We believe that the price on a seed packet represents the work that goes into growing, harvesting, cleaning and packaging the seeds before they get to you. Local seed companies usually request a minimum of $3.50 per seed packet for their expertise and the labour that goes into producing high quality local seeds that grow well right here where we live.  We encourage you to support them! 

We are a very, very small non-profit working with a shoestring budget especially since Seedy Saturday –our major fundraiser- was cancelled.  We rely on your donations and our amazing volunteers to help us grow, harvest, clean and package these “Seeds of Hope”.

We put together a “Seeds of Hope” Collection that includes one package of multi-purpose bush bean seeds, one package of kale seeds, one package of lettuce seeds, one package of winter squash seeds and two tomato seedlings- one red cherry tomato and one with medium sized red fruit.  Suggested donation for this collection is $20.00.

The “Seeds for Small Spaces” Collection includes 5 multipurpose bush bean seeds, lots of lettuce seeds and one cherry tomato suitable for growing in a container. Suggested donation for this collection is $5.00

Seeds for other varieties of beets, beans, lettuce and kale will be available as individual packets.  Individual tomato seedlings will also be available.  Suggested donation for these items is $3.50 each. 

We will have a donation jar on site or you can use Pay Pal to make your donation!  Instructions for how to use the Pay Pal site are available on our website (http://seedsgrowfood.org/donate/)

WE APPRECIATE WHATEVER YOU CAN GIVE TO SUPPORT OUR CRITICAL WORK!  

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU SAFELY AT A DISTANCE THIS WEEK-END! 

We hope that you can find the peace and joy that comes from planting seeds and connecting with the Earth in these turbulent times.Edit

#Garden4Good YGK Campaign

KASSI is partnering with the Rideau 1000 Island Master Gardeners and Loving Spoonful to transform our local food and seed systems. 

We know that producing food and saving seed are fundamental human rights.  The COVID-19 crisis is laying bare the vulnerabilities and inequities of the industrial food system.  To increase the resilience of our food system, we need to grow a LOT MORE food and seeds locally!  And not just in rural areas.  We can grow food and seeds almost anywhere — window sills, containers, balconies, backyards, front yards and community gardens.

We need #Garden4Good Ambassadors from every neighbourhood, every age group and every background to inspire, support and connect with their neighbours so that we can grow more local food and seeds!  

Please fill out this form to let us know how you can help!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdtV_unqhYzUHp_Wt42OLcucjCOAJtMa-1Jd1SB_D8sk4Rdqw/viewform

You can also join the #Garden4Good YGK Facebook Group.  It was launched to bring people together who have a range of knowledge, skills and resources so that we all feel supported.  There are weekly live Q&A zoom chats with Master Gardeners, a weekly small group vegetable garden coaching call, a forum for exchanging seeds and plants with your neighbours, and a hub for sharing the harvest!  

www.facebook.com/groups/Garden4GoodYGK

Ask a Master Gardener: Weekly Gatherings Start Today

April 9, 2020

For practical gardening advice, join our friends, the Rideau Master Gardeners for a weekly “Ask a Master Gardener” call today from 1:00-1:30 pm.

Whether you’re starting a vegetable garden, pollinator garden or planning to wildscape your yard- Joyce Hostyn shares a few tips on how to start a new garden bed in today’s session! .
Bring your questions!

In the future they will be featuring Q&A conversations, mini-workshops and virtual tours with Kingston & Thousand Islands master gardeners & friends.

When: Every Thursday afternoon from 1-1:30 pm starting Thursday, April 9th.

Where: Virtually via Zoom. Zoom is easy to use. You don’t even have to download the Zoom app, but it’s better if you do: http://zoom.us

Registration: Register in advance for Ask a Master Gardener (you only need to register once and can then join in any week you’d like)

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uJ0tf-mrpjgrUVBXXWgfV-jLoFg3sCRpKw

After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the call.

During this time of limited outings, gardening is more important than ever. A garden is a place to find solace, joy, wonder. A garden gifts us offering delicious things to eat. A garden provides sanctuary to birds, pollinators, bees and more. To plant a garden is to bring into being a more beautiful future.

https://rideau1000islandsmastergardeners.com/upcoming-events/

TAKE ACTION

April 1, 2020

Yesterday the province of Ontario announced that all community gardens are closed due to COVOID-19.

We are asking that Community Gardens be declared exempt as they are an essential service for food and seed production.

Here is what you can do:

  1. Sign the Open Letter asking the government to identify Community Gardens as essential community food services which must be exempt from the recently announced closure of recreational spaces by the Province of Ontario.
  2. Email, call, write or tweet your MP, MPP, City Councillor & Mayor (contact information included below). Just Food in Ottawa has a suggested template.

Mark Gerretson, MP

Ian Arthur, MPP:

Your City Councillor: You can find your councillors contact information here

Bryan Patterson, Mayor

Thank you and be well

WE NEED SEEDS THAT WE CAN SAVE AND SHARE NOW MORE THAN EVER!

Our SEED COMMONS is a living collection of locally adapted open-pollinated seeds. Open-pollinated plants grow like their parents. They produce seeds that can be legally grown, saved and shared. They are the foundation of our food system

Did you know that you can produce viable bean seeds from just one plant! The same is true for squash, tomatoes lettuce and some of the flowers in our Seed Commons!

We put together a “Seeds of Hope” Collection of bean, squash, tomato, lettuce and flower seeds for you to grow out in small and large spaces for food and seeds this summer!

The collection also includes one variety of beet and one variety of kale that most of you will grow for food. We hope that many of you will also learn how to save seeds from them even though it is a bit more of a challenge!

We wanted to get the collection to you so that you could start growing the tomatoes now. Given the way that things are unfolding in Kingston today, we decided to stay at home and start the tomatoes for you. We will find a way to safely connect before planting time. Our seeds will also be available as individual packets when we do!

We hope that you can find the peace and joy that comes from planting seeds and connecting with the Earth in these turbulent times.

LOCAL SEEDS FOR LOCAL NEEDS!

Join us on Sunday March 29 from 10 am – 2 pm in the parking lot at St Luke’s Anglican Church 236 Nelson St to pick up seeds from our SEED COMMONS. Of course we will be doing this safely and socializing at a distance!

Our SEED COMMONS is a living collection of locally adapted open-pollinated seeds. Open-pollinated plants grow like their parents. They produce seeds that can be legally grown, saved and shared. They are the foundation of our food system

Our seeds will be available in individual packets or as a collection by a sliding scale donation

We don’t sell our seeds. We want you to have these locally-adapted, open-pollinated seeds, if you agree to grow them for food and seeds to save and share with others!

We are a very, very small non-profit working with a shoestring budget especially since Seedy Saturday –our major fundraiser- was cancelled.  We rely on our amazing volunteers and your donations to help us grow, harvest, clean and package these seeds of hope.

Local seed companies usually request at least $3.50 per seed packet for the work that they put into growing their high quality local seeds that will grow well right here where we live. We encourage you to support them as well!

WE APPRECIATE WHATEVER YOU CAN GIVE TO SUPPORT OUR CRITICAL WORK!

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU SAFELY AT A DISTANCE ON SUNDAY!