Kathy Rothermel recently accepted a cheque from the Community Foundation of Kingston and Area, on behalf of the Kingston Area Seed System Initiative. This funding will help with the foundation of our very own local seed bank, and provide opportunities for much-needed training.
Every community should have its own seed bank in the interests of seed-and therefore food- security for all of us. The Community Foundation includes measurements of food insecurity in the excellent “Vital Signs” report. Food insecurity is very real in our region, so having our own locally-adapted food crop seeds and community gardens in which to plant those seeds will be a great help! Thanks again, CFKA!
We will also have news pertaining to a grant from the Bauta Family Initiative for Canadian Seed Security-coming soon!
This spring, parents who register their child for kindergarten at one of the schools in the Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) will receive a small packet of beans to plant at home. The beans were grown for KASSI by Kathy Rothermel, of Windkeeper Community Farm and Vegetables Unplugged on Wolfe Island. They are called “Cherokee Trail of Tears”, because they were carried by Cherokee First Nations people on their terrible forced march westward during the winter of 1838-39. They are described in the Seed Savers Exchange yearbook as “85 days to maturity-a pole bean with lavender flowers and slender green to purple pods , black shiny seeds, sweet snap beans for fresh eating, but also good dried for soup. Hold a piece of history in your hands.”
Seed packets beautifully designed and lovingly packaged
The idea comes from a children’s book which will also be in their packages, and is described by Ann Boniferro of ALCDSB:
“The book, I Love, is written by Karissa Jekel and published by Novalis as part of a series called Seeds of Faith.
The story does not focus only on planting, but the planting activity is called Watch Them Grow! and includes the following:
“Every day, take a few minutes to talk to the seeds or sing them a happy song. Share your love with them and watch them grow.
Loving someone is a bit like planting a seed and watching it grow. Love takes patience, time and care, and we must keep loving even when we’re not sure it’s making a difference.”
826 packages of beans!
- Seed packets beautifully designed and lovingly packaged
Kingston Seedy Saturday hosted over 400 people at LCVI on March 14, and we thank all those who helped spread the word, LCVI staff, and all those who participated as a volunteer or attendee on the day! The workshops fit right into the classroom and the community groups and vendors were busy till the end. As our illustrious committee chair said it: “What a day we had! Thank you, thank you everyone for all your hard yesterday and leading up to yesterday. I think we can call Seedy Saturday 2015 another success!!”
The Kingston Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI), parent of the Seeds Grow Food project, has been given permission to use one acre of land at the Lakeside Community Gardens site at the corner of Front and Days roads.
Jeff Peters plowing acre of land that the Seeds Grow Food project will use to grow heritage seed for a seed bank/.
The plot, which will be used to grow organic heirloom varieties to produce seeds for a community seed bank, was formerly part of the prison farm.
Organizers are pleased to keep the land in production.
The acre was plowed in the Fall, in partial preparation for next year’s growing season.
Frank knows a lot about growing seeds-please feel free to ask him questions!
Located next to Centre 70, this community garden space is on land that was formerly Prison Farm land. We are pleased to be growing community seeds here this year, in partnership with the Lakeside Community Garden. If you would like to help out with this work, please email kassiseedgarden[at]gmail[dot]com