Next Meeting - Thursday, February 14, 2019
by Leaside Garden Society
Thursday, February 14, Seed Saving and Seed Libraries, with Mark Stewart
Gardeners and farmers have been saving seeds every year for millennia. This legacy has resulted in the staggering diversity of fruit and vegetable varieties we eat today. However, over the past few generations there has been a break in this chain. Gardeners and farmers no longer save seeds and, as a result, we are losing our crop diversity at an alarming rate. Mark’s talk will touch on this global problem and also explain the basics you need in order to properly save your own true-to-type, heirloom seeds to help preserve the genetic diversity of our food plants.
Mark Stewart is the Knowledge Resources Manager (a.k.a. librarian) at Toronto Botanical Garden where he oversees the Weston Family Library along with the garden’s interpretation program. He organizes TBG’s annual Seedy Saturday event (this year on February 23rd) and has established two seed libraries, one at Essa Public Library and one at TBG. Prior to working at TBG, Mark worked at Essa Public Library and at the Library and Archives of Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.
Come and join us at the Leaside Library, 165 McRae Drive, on the evening of Thursday, February 14, 2019. Refreshments are available prior to the meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m.