Sowing Seeds of Change

seed untold story

The Kalamalka Seed Library, housed at the Vernon campus library of Okanagan College, first germinated in the fall of 2013.  Today, the seed library contains dozens of non-GMO varieties of vegetable, herb and flower seeds.

The Kalamalka Seed Library received generous start-up grants from the Bauta Family Initiative.  Mrs. Gretchen Bauta’s vision, in partnership with USC Canada and Seeds of Diversity, is to secure a thriving Canadian seed system. For our part, the Kalamalka Seed Library strives to select, save and share our best local seeds.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN estimates 75% of crop diversity has disappeared in the last century as farmers have lost their local varieties to imported, genetically uniform varieties.  Thus, saving seed is critical to biodiversity and the resilience of food sources amidst diverse climates, soils and stresses. By saving and sharing our best seeds the Kalamalka Seed Library can expand seed diversity and nurture varieties for their strength and ability to adapt to changing conditions without giving up food rights to corporate owned modifications.

In an effort to draw awareness to seed security, The Kalamalka Seed Library will be hosting a community screening of, Seed the Untold Story.  As many irreplaceable seeds near extinction, SEED reveals the harrowing and heartening story of passionate seed keepers as they wage a David and Goliath battle against chemical seed companies, defending a 12,000 year food legacy.

Join us for this important screening!

  • Date:  Friday, October 27th
  • Time:  7:00 pm
  • Place:  Lecture Theatre, Okanagan College, Vernon Campus
  • Cost: $2

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