A Winter of Growth

A Winter of Growth

And a New Year of Growing!

The Toronto Seed Library has seen some big happenings this winter. As the project mushrooms, we’ve had to lay down firm infrastructural roots. Our registered non-profit, The Seed Library Commons, is up and running to support the TSL & Seed Libraries across Ontario. The website is also getting a gradual overhaul, beginning with the Events and Bee Involved sections. As usual there are events galore, a new Seedy Zine on the way, a mulch-rumored Pawpaw tree planting campaign, and several exciting communities sprouting throughout Toronto.

New Status & Donations
You can now support the Toronto Seed Library with monetary donations by giving to our non-profit organization, The Seed Library Commons. Funds go towards growing the seed library and fertilizing our already existing projects. Donate today electronically through Paypal, meet us at one of our year-round eventsfor cash donations, or mail a cheque to:

The Seed Library Commons
c/o Foodshare
90 Croatia St
Toronto, ON M6H 1K9, Canada

~The Seed Library Commons is a registered non-profit organization and does not issue tax receipts. ~

The Seedy Zine
The Seedy Zine is currently accepting material for the Winter 2015 edition!  This lovagely, pocket-sized, knowledge-sharing, fun little publication celerybrates it’s 1st birthday on February 8th.

It’s bean a wild year learning about Bill C-18, bee loss, Pennsylvania seed library restrictions, and good stuff like chia seeds, soil-testing, raised beds, and seed-saving techniques.  And we can’t wait till The Seedy Recipe Book germinates!

If you would like to share an article, interview, recipe, poem, art, or promo material, please contact theseedyzine@gmail.com. The deadline for the Winter 2015 issue is Feb 3rd .

Seed Saturdays 2015
The annual Seed Exchanges and Events throughout Toronto (and Canada) organized by Seeds of Diversity, and its local partners including the TSL, are nearly upon us! Check out our site for a listing of Toronto-area events, and the Seeds of Diversity Events Page for GTA and Canada wide events.

Seedy Survey
Please take a moment to help us better understand what our seedy city is hungry for! We’re trying to figure out the best way to get seeds into the hands of those who want them and it helps to hear what you have to say. Click here to participate — please do so by Feb 1.

Black Farmer’s Collective
An exciting new group has sprouted in Toronto! In their own words:
“The goal of the Black Farmer’s Collective is to develop a system that empowers our community and our farmers; anyone in or connected to the Agriculture or Argo industry sector or concerned community member about fresh food access, cost, quality and grade of what we are getting now for our dollars. Individuals, Groups, Organizations, Associations and or Agencies who are interested in issues or action related to food justice and security that affect diverse/black communities and other marginalized communities regarding food justice are welcome to join!”
Contact blackfarmerstoronto@googlegroups.com for more information or to join.

Pawpaw Planting Campaign
The Toronto Seed Library was donated around 100 pawpaw tree seeds by Kentucky State University’s Pawpaw Program and Forbes Wild Foods. The pawpaw is North America’s largest native fruit tree, and the GTA is at the northern limit of its range. The tree is delicate and needs lots of TLC, so those receiving the seeds will need to go through an education course before planting. The campaign will be run in coordination with several other like-minded groups in Toronto and Ontario — keep your eyes peeled for more info to come!!

February Events

Debate at UTSC’s International Development Conference
Sun, February 8, 10:00am – 3:30pm
At the UTSC Instructional Centre
Jacob Kearey-Moreland, co-founder and cultivator of the Toronto Seed Library, will bee engaging in a thematic debate on the topic of “Biotech vs Seed Sovereignty” at the “Decolonizing Development” International Development Conference @UofT Scarborough. Jacob will be debating Dr. Herbert Kronzucker, Canada Research Chair, and famed scientist and teacher. More info: http://www.utoronto-idc.org/

Permaculture Living Convergence
Sat, February 21, 10:00am – 6:30pm
Sun, February 22, 11:00am – 6:30pm

At Ryerson University, 245 Church St.
The TSL will be tabling at the Permaculture Convergence 2015 and Chief Librarian Brendan Behrmann will be a panel guest. The Convergence will focus on an array of topics and issues such as but not limited to food security, seed saving, safer spaces, food policy and legislation, indigenous rights, eldership, wholistic wellness, community engagement, dismantling racism in the institution, transformative change and so on. This year’s theme is “A transformed Toronto”. We will be engaging this matter through workshops, panels, unconferences, roundtables and presentations. Convergences follow permaculture principles from a social, ecological and spiritual framework of deployment. More info: http://www.permaculturegta.org/events/plc

Bee Day 2015
Sat, February 28, 8:30am – 4:30pm
At Foodshare Toronto, 90 Croatia St.
Celebrate Bee-Day with Toronto Beekeepers Co-op and friends. Together with a panel of experts and enthusiasts [including TSL Chief Librarian, Brendan Behrmann] we will explore How Cities Are Saving Bees. Wonderfully informative workshops on Bee-Friendly Gardening, Threats to Bees, A Beekeeper’s Year and Community Pollinator Projects like the HomeGrown National Park. Sample local honeys, learn how to build a Wild Bee Home and buy fabulous local hive products and beekeeping supplies. Admission is only $50.00, a vegan lunch is included. More info: http://torontobees.ca/index.php/about-us/events