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.