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Stories, methods of seed saving planted in local project

Cowichan Green Community
Cowichan Green Community's newest grassroots project Sharing Our Seed Stories involves valley seniors, gardeners and youths.
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Seed-saving stories from valley seniors are being documented by the Cowichan Green Community.

The project Sharing Our Seed Stories is designed to document historic seed-saving practices in Cowichan, and to share that knowledge with the community, a CGC release reads.

SOSS is being taxpayer funded by Ottawa's New Horizons For Seniors Program, seeking valley seniors wishing to take part, and share their tales and practices about local and heritage seeds.

Young gardeners and farmers are also invited to participate, and glean "invaluable" smarts from valley elders, the CGC says.

Seed saving, in an era when seeds are at risk by genetic modification, is a critical aspect of food security — and CGC's mandate is to make Cowichan more food resilient and secure.

"Acting as mentors to seniors, community members and youths interested in seed saving, this project will also produce a series of digital stories that chronicles these anecdotes of seed saving in the Cowichan region, CGC's Judy Stafford says.

Call Nora Arajs at 250-748-8506 or email nora@cowichangreencommunity.org.

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