Wednesday

Cubit's Organics Seed Grab Bag Sale

Cubit's Organics, out of Toronto, is holding a limited time offer Seed Grab Bag sale to prepare gardeners for next season. The summer sale consists of 20 packets (their choice) of organic seeds for $25.

Cubit's store on Etsy where the sale is being offered. Main website here.

Tuesday

Burpee Chairman Defends Hybrid Seeds

George Ball, Chairman of the W. Atlee Burpee company, wrote a guest column for the Des Moines Register. In the column he defends hybrids from "greener-than-thou gardeners" who are on a "crusade for heirloom seeds." He labels these unidentified gardeners as "anti-science," describes the history of hybrid plants, labels some NGOs as nouveau imperialists, and generally tries to explain the difference between heirlooms, hybrids and GMOs, (genetically modified organisms) so the average person can understand.

Shots fired? Not really. He never names these "greener-than-thou gardeners" or the NGOs who are giving hybrid plants a bad rap. I see what he did here. As a seller of hybrid seeds Mr. Ball needs to defend his product from what are really unwarranted attacks. I wrote a couple of pro-hybrid seeds post on Chicago Garden last winter because I grew tired of all the anti-hybrid seed talk on the internet I was coming across. There is nothing wrong with hybrid seeds, and like Mr. Ball points out, a lot of the anti-hybrid seed talk is born out of ignorance.

Since he doesn't name names what I didn't come away with was a real understanding of what prompted the guest column. Reading Beyond the Rows (I read Monsanto's blog so you don't have to) I gather that the guest column is an attempt to push back against internet critics of Monsanto's recent donation of hybrid seeds to farmers in Haiti. Which critics exactly? We'll never know. What we do know is that Monsanto sells some of its Seminis line of seeds through Burpee. The cynic in me believes the business connection explains why Mr. Ball is so vague in what could be a delicious gardener flame.

Speaking of delicious if you're looking for seed-saving tips use the Seed Snatcher Search Engine to find tips on harvesting and collecting seeds from your garden. See what I did here?

Monday

Red Hot Chili Peppers Arrive at Svalbard Seed Vault

No, not those red hot chili peppers-the kind you eat. U.S Senators and Congressmen spent the July 4th weekend delivering an "eclectic range" of New World chili peppers to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault:

...The seeds were delivered to the vault by a seven-person bipartisan delegation from the U.S. Congress, led by Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), and including Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL). The seeds were handed over to Dr. Cary Fowler, Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, the institution that funds the operation and management of the seed vault, as well as the transport of unique seeds from collections around the world. The latest samples of seeds come from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) in Fort Collins, Colorado...


Ooh... Ooh yeah. Give it away give it away give it away now. Give it away give it away give it away now. Give it away give it away give it away now ...

Full Press Release here.

Seeds for Food

Seeds for food, seed saving, seed sharing, garden seedsWhat do you do with seeds from vegetables and fruits after you're done eating? Most eaters, who aren't gardeners, probably don't give those seeds a second thought. Seeds for Food is an organization that collects seeds from the dinner table and distributes them among Saharan refugees and teaches them how to grow some of their own food.

Learn more or get involved at www.SeedsForFood.org

Friday

Renee's Garden Hosting Seed Giveaways on Facebook

Renees Garden, free seeds, gardening seeds, seed companies, seed starting
To celebrate their 2000th fan on Facebook Renee's Garden is holding three different themed garden seed giveaways on their Facebook page. The 1st week's theme is container veggies with a giveaway of "Garden Babies" Container Butterhead Lettuce, "Round Romeo" Carrots and "Pot of Gold" Container Chard seed packs. Three winners will be chosen at randome on July 16, 2010 for the first week's contest.

More info here.