Seed Saving at the University of Ottawa

Good things come in small packages. This saying has proven true many times, but was especially true at a seed saving workshop in late August.

Greta, from Greta's Organic Seeds taught a group of University of Ottawa Students and SYC staff  how to save seeds!

Greta, from Greta’s Organic Seeds taught a group of University of Ottawa Students and SYC staff how to save seeds!

The University of Ottawa Student Learning Garden and Sustainability Office welcomed Greta from Greta’s Organic Seeds to share her knowledge of saving seeds.

Greta shared knowledge and passed on skills of how to preserve the basis of most of human foods – seeds. 9 out of every 10 bite comes from a seed, and saving seeds promotes biodiversity and resilience in our food system. Moreover, saving a diversity of seeds can lead to some of the most colourful and flavourful plants, fruits and vegetables known!

Saving Tomato Seeds is easy and fun!  1. Find your favourite tomato  2. Squeeze out the juice and seeds into a glass jar  3. Add a bit of water and let the jar sit for 5 days 4. Pour out the juice and save the remaining seeds (at the bottom of the jar) 5. Place seeds on a plate to dry 6. Put seeds in a safe, dry place and plant them next season!

Saving Tomato Seeds is easy and fun!
1. Find your favourite tomato
2. Squeeze out the juice and seeds into a jar
3. Add a bit of water and let sit for 5 days
4. Pour out the juice and save the remaining seeds (at the bottom of the jar)
5. Place seeds on a plate to dry
6. Put seeds in a safe, dry place and plant them next season!

For more information, there are incredible organizations, networks and resources available to support seed savers across Canada. Check them out here:  The Seed Ambassadors Project, Seeds of Diversity, USC Canada