BC Eco Seed Co-op Newsletter: July 2020
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Eldorado chard (top); Borage (bottom left); Early Zucchini (middle); Squash Blossom (right)

In this issue:

Seeds on the Grow

If you missed the highlights of future seed crops on our social channels, here is a sneak peek of what we hope to have in our 2021 collection.

Michael Pollan Tomatoes
An indeterminate variety and a prolific producer of these green and yellow, small plum tomatoes. The flavour is a balance of sweet and tangy; terrific in salads, salsa, sauces, and of course, right out of the palm of your hand.
Cherry Belle Radish
This mildly spicy variety is quick to produce, taking you from seed to supper in under 30 days. Use for your summer or winter garden. Would make a great addition to a kids’ garden as they are quick to mature, easy for little hands to harvest, and vibrant in colour.

Farming in the Face of COVID-19

We’ve entered Phase 3 in BC and while things seem to be starting again- patio pints, park meet-ups, and small dinner gatherings, we are not all back to “normal”. Over the past few months, we have been sharing stories from our farms in our blog series Farming in the Face of COVID-19, in hopes to foster deeper connections and show examples of community resilience. For a snapshot of what some local farming has looked like since the pandemic, read the interviews in this series here on our blog

Winter Gardening

Planting for winter crops can’t be postponed because it is important to get seeds into the ground with enough growing time to reach maturity.

If you’re wondering what to plant now, after pulling carrots or beets, arugula is a great option. In addition to attracting pollinators, the flowers are edible offering a piquant and nutty flavour, great for jazzing up salads, stir-fries and adding a nest atop your eggs. Rich in vitamin C and potassium, arugula is one of the healthiest salad greens to grow!

For the list of winter planting dates, check out this chart
Shop arugula

Stockist Spotlight

We’re excited to announce our newest stockist:
The Refill Stop. Located in New Westminster, The Refill Stop is an eco-friendly bulk refillery sourcing over 50% of their refillable products locally. Jessica Brown curates the collection focusing on products that eliminate single-use plastics, are kind to the environment, and gentle on our bodies. If that wasn’t groovy enough, they also have a used vinyl pop-up shop in the back!
Find a stockist near you

Featured Recipes

Summer veggies are being harvested and we love finding new ways to use our old favourites! Tag #bcecoseedcoop on Facebook or Instagram to show us what you’re cooking up and be featured in our stories or a future newsletter! 

Here are some of the recipes we have bookmarked:
Zucchini Banana Bread (V)
Charred Radishes (GF)
Kohlrabi Slaw (GF)
Grilled Fava Beans (V, GF)
Beet Salad (GF)

Seed Trials & Research

Are you a gardener interested in seed research and seed growing? Check out the Citizen Seed Trials blog and podcast series from FarmFolk CityFolk and UBC, featuring two varieties available through the co-op: Winter Rainbow kale and Blacktail watermelon. 

Grab the interview with Sal Dominelli of Sweet Rock Farm to learn more about growing watermelon in Canada

Listen as Mel Sylvestre of UBC Farm shares the story behind this cold-hardy, sweet kale

If you would like to participate in the 2021 trials join the CST group on Facebook and fill out this form.

Community Resources

COVID-19 Resources for Farmers

There are numerous helpful lists from great organizations showcasing resources for farmers during this time. Check them out! 
- FarmFolk CityFolk here
- BC Food Web here
- BC Association of Farmers’ Markets here
- Ministry of Agriculture here.

Resources for New Gardeners

With many new gardeners hungry for information, community collaborations like Growing Together; a group of organizations from across the Victoria region (Coast Salish territories), have delivered a frenzy of gardening guidance to help sow success. Check out their resource hub here. Enter their contest for a chance to win some awesome gardening prizes! 

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Thanks for your interest and support of local farmers, food and seed. Connect with us online anytime for more info and to shop the full BC Eco Seed Co-op catalogue.