Jill Bishop is a long-term seed saver. She has owned and operated urbantomato, a local heirloom seed business, and organized Peterborough’s Seedy Sunday for 10 years. Recently, she has worked to further connect with experienced and interested seed savers throughout the region to build stronger local seed saving networks and increase the amount of high quality, locally adapted seeds available in our community. through the Community Seed Library and Seed Savers Collective. Jill herself has traditionally focused on growing self-pollinated crops such as tomatoes, peppers and lettuces, and has recently expanded to experiment with growing a variety of grains including quinoa, barley, wheat and buckwheat as well as other rare seeds in isolated urban environments.
Growing a Seed Saving Community
Saturday September 19th 10:30-11:30am
Duoro Dummer Public Library
The local food movement is growing in popularity and people are becoming more and more aware of where there food comes from. Local seeds are key to food security, but growing and saving seeds is not something the average gardener is currently doing. Jill Bishop will talk about the importance of growing and saving local heirloom seeds. She will overview some local seed saving projects including the Peterborough Community Seed Library and Seed Savers Collective, and discuss how people can easily integrate seed saving into their home and community gardens.
Hands-On Seed Saving Workshop
Monday September 21st 5:30-7:30
Trent University Vegetable Gardens
Join us in learning how to sow the seeds of community empowered food systems on campus and beyond. Jill is a skilled grower, avid seed saver and educator. As part of Dis Orientation week she will be leading us in a seed saving workshop where we will learn about the basics of seed saving, why it is important and how to get started; hear about inspiring community seed projects such as Seedy Sunday, the Peterborough seed library and the urban seed saving garden; and find out what the Trent Vegetable Gardens, Trent Community garden and the Seasoned Spoon Café are doing right here on campus to build food self-sufficiency and the various ways you can get involved. There will be an opportunity to explore the rooftop garden during this workshop as well as TVG saved seeds available to take home with you.