The Boundary Seed Bank is a community initiative, under the GFBRAS, made up of local seed savers and growers. We welcome all those who wish to participate, to strengthen regional self reliance, local food security, and protection of genetic diversity for all people. We are essentially following in the footsteps of The Salt Spring Seed Sanctuary for Canada, on a regional scale.(See link below)
We are dedicated to the health and vitality of the earth through the preservation and promotion of heritage seeds. We are committed to maintaining, evaluating and keeping records for all the edible, medicinal, wild and useful crops that can be grown in the Boundary Region of British Columbia, Canada. Our goal is to be a learning centre and network encouraging local food and seed production, thereby strengthening the integrity and sustainability of our local food supply through seed saving education and skills building.
We will get together a few times a year to share seeds and information, as well as hold workshops on seed saving practices. We plan on connecting with other community seed banks, so we can be part of a truly national network grounded in our local bio-region. Our work is essential to see how varieties do in our part of the country and through many growing years. It is also crucial to have a living gene bank in case of crop failures, fires, floods or genetic contamination.
Why Save Seeds?
Growing food is a human right. Small seed companies are being bought up by a few multinational corporations – the same corporations are also the worlds largest agro-chemical manufacturers. Genetic modification of seeds renders the seeds sterile at harvest – meaning they will not grow if replanted. This is essentially control of the world’s food supply! We have a choice. We can choose to grow and save our own open-pollinated seeds.
Be a part of preserving our regional seed heritage by saving your heritage & open pollinated vegetable and flower seeds, and donating them to the Seed Bank. Become a plant custodian by choosing plants from the Bank to grow for seed, thereby increasing the supply of seed and ensuring viability. Help us with out local seed registry, become a seed viability tester for us, help develop seed saving workshops and educational material, and more!
Seed Bank Resources
Find information, seed suppliers, connect with other Seed Savers.
Grand Forks Boundary and Regional Agricultural Society(Local agricultural news, events, & projects.)
Kootenay Food Strategy Society(G.E. Free Kootenays Campaign)
Society for a G.E Free B.C
(News about G.E crops, campaigns, events.)