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. The seeds of a Community Seed Library and Seed Savers Collective were planted in late 2013, and have grown over time.
Growers have focused on a variety of different crops that suit their farming or gardening needs. Seeds grown are rare, expensive, threatened or valued by the growers in different ways. Groups share seeds and knowledge to enhance our local food and seed sovereignty.
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.
A “mini-show” with dahlias, asters, marigolds, zinnias, and roses.
Decorative: “Heavenly Hydrangeas” – a design
Refreshments: Jacquie Cole, Joan Ward
See you in September!