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Last night I went over and talked to the Texada Garden Club about food security, creating regional resilience, and the Powell River Food Security Project. It was really interesting for me to connect with the folks over there and get a taste of what goes on over on the mysterious little island right across from Powell River.

There was clearly a good deal of interest in winter gardening among those present, and someone was handing around Linda Gilkeson’s book Year Round Harvest: Winter Gardening on the Coast. So it reminded me that Linda, who gardens over on Salt Spring Island (in a climate very similar to ours over here), sends out a regular email update about winter gardening. You can find the series of posts archived here as PDF files; and here is Linda’s website.

You can contact Linda by email in order to be added to her mailing list.

Here‘s an interesting little piece from the Independent about the move away from ornamental gardening and towards more food gardening in the UK. It’s all great news, but here’s the slightly alarming bit:

The UK’s leading seed sellers, Tuckers, Marshalls and, are struggling to cope with the number of orders coming in. The Horticultural Trades Association put UK sales of the seeds of edible plants at £40.3m in 2007; new figures expected shortly are likely to show significant growth.

I expect we’ll be seeing more of this in the next few years, until supply can meet demand again. But will the supply be just more genetically-modified seed produced with chemical agriculture methods? It will unless we all start saving seeds in our own communities.

Here is the online hub for seed-saving action in the Powell River (BC) region. I hope your community has a Seedy Saturday; if not, start one! And this is the time to start rounding up your serious local growers and get them to save more seeds. And save seeds yourself in your own garden.