Seed Savin' Sanctuary, by Ian Thompson
It started out as a quiet morning and the frost still stuck to anything the sun hadn't touched. I was in motion to meet Helen at 9:30 in the common house. I got there first. We had plans to diversify my intern timesheet and she graciously volunteered to teach. We started out reading some great information about seed saving and started talking about how the annual seed swap meet may or may not be happening this year because of some complications on who would organize everything. She has such a wealth of knowledge on all kinds of different plants and their traits and characteristics. For example, different plants can flower and seed at different time in their maturity; and can even cross pollinate with different crops in the same family and create (beet + chard = bard / cheet?) inedible, mutant vegetables.
Afterwards, we took a walkabout to the pantry to examine Songaia’s existing seed bank. It consist of several envelopes and folded papers filled with seeds, labeled, dated and stored in big jars; there they remain cool, dark, and safe… waiting.
Later we decided to stroll through the frosty garden on our way to collect seeds from Helens study. There, in the garden, we examined the small plot of the key hole that I have plans to renovate and implement some different techniques to try and increase production and reduce labor.
Once collecting the seeds from the study we found ourselves back in the common house sorting beet seeds eating toast and sipping tea.
What a perfect way to spend a quiet morning in special place.
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