POST FEB 20
This blog post was originally going to tell you how I went about saving our zucchini seeds last week. It's not a secret thing that you couldn't find out for yourself... I just googled it and came up with this article which I have used to seeming success. Pretty easy actually. We have had more zucchini, tomatoes and herbs than we can eat this season and it's all thanks to our friends down at Seeds Communal Garden who gave us a few seeds and plants months ago. Oh, and our sunflowers are doing great too!
I'm not sure why it has taken me so long to start saving seeds. When I think back to what has inspired me to do this I first remember a night listening to the amazing Alice Waters at the Wheeler Centre in 2014. I was initially struck by all of the obviously awesome things she has done – founding one of one of the most iconic restaurants in history, establishing a wonderful edible school year program and in general being a a kick ass, fearless woman in the hospitality industry. When I think back to that night after many years I almost always think of one thing she said when she was asked why she 'smuggled' a variety of lettuce seeds from France to the US in the 1970's. Her answer was quite simple and something along the lines of 'Seeds are for the people.'
I've thought a lot about this and I believe it too. Of course I care about saving diverse seeds. I care about accessing interesting and beautiful fruit and vegetables from different parts of the world. I want to have access to seeds that have worked in my garden before. I want to save money and not have to buy seedlings every year... but above all, I want to live a life of abundance where I have more seeds than I can use. I want to share my seeds with people and know it means they will in part be feeding themselves for free this year. Looking forward to our next crop!