The Saucy tomato bush can produce 75 tomatoes starting early mid-July

CV Seed Bank announces ‘2018 All CV’ winners

Seed bank will have a table at upcoming Seedy Saturday

How nice it would be if the Comox Valley could produce its own vegetables starting with its own locally adapted seed.

That is the goal of the CV Seed Bank, now in its seventh year.

The seed bank has programs wherein volunteer growers annually test and produce seed. Further, a 1,000 seeds from each good tasting variety, that have proven to be good producers from Fanny Bay to Black Creek, are frozen and refreshed every five years to ensure a local supply forever.

For the first time, a limited amount of seed from 20 of these All CV Winners and another 10 seed bank varieties will be available for purchase at the CV Seed Bank table at Seedy Saturday. Growing and basic seed saving instructions are placed on the seed packages.

Funds will be used to purchase seed cleaning and sorting equipment.

The 2018 winning vegetables are the La Roma, Saucy and Speckled Roman bush tomatoes, and the Provider, Maxibel and Tendergreen bush beans. These varieties had been grown in the Valley for several years, and tested for at least two years in various locations by volunteer growers. Seed is selected from the best performing plants and fruits.

Only the most reliable vegetables are given the All CV Winning status. For example, a Saucy tomato bush can produce 75 tomatoes starting early mid-July. Growers report that it is delicious roasted and sauced.

To become a volunteer grower, please call either Vivien Adams (250 338 8341) or Royann Petrell (250 336 8632), or stop by the Seed Bank booth at Seedy Saturday, on March 3.

Just Posted

Hospice care to remain at The Views until purpose-built location is completed in 2020

The four community hospice beds at The Views facility at the St.… Continue reading

Courtenay man arrested after fleeing police twice

A 33-year-old Courtenay man is facing charges including obstructing a police officer… Continue reading

Compass Adventure sails into tourism market

The Comox-based sailing school is offering two-hour guided tours for sailing newbies

Lake Trail to be seismically upgraded

The project is a partial replacement that will ensure the entire school will be seismically safer

Comox Valley Accessibility Committee hosting an event at Lewis Centre

If you’ve ever been stumped by how to get into a business… Continue reading

Monster trucks bring the noise at Black Creek’s Saratoga Speedway (video)

Thousands of racing fans were in Black Creek on Saturday and Sunday… Continue reading

Man dead after crashing vehicle into hydro pole and tree in Gibsons

Dog also hurt in collision, which happened Wednesday morning

Study recommends jurors receive more financial and psychological support

Federal justice committee calls for 11 policy changes to mitigate juror stress

Research needed on impact of microplastics on B.C. shellfish industry: study

SFU’s department of biological sciences recommends deeper look into shellfish ingesting microbeads

B.C. dad pens letter urging overhaul of youth health laws after son’s fatal overdose

The Infants Act currently states children under 19 years old may consent to medical treatment on own

Singh sides with B.C. in hornet’s nest of pipeline politics for the NDP

Singh had called for a more thorough environmental review process on the proposal

VIDEO: B.C. woman gets up-close view of Royal wedding

Kelly Samra won a trip back to her home country to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say ‘I do’

30 C in B.C., 30 cm of snow expected for eastern Canada

It might be hot in B.C., but the rest of Canada still dealing with cold

Horgan defends fight to both retain and restrict Alberta oil imports

Alberta says pipeline bottlenecks are kneecapping the industry, costing millions of dollars a day

Most Read