Seed Swap – Cherryville


March 10th At the Cherryville Hall was an amazing success, over 160 signatures in the guest book and many vendors who taught and shared garden wisdom.

Bee SAFE celebrated it landslide results for the over whelming votes for a GMO free region. Thanks to their efforts and organization they demonstrated the power of cohesiveness as a community. A special thanks to

Special thanks to Vendors and Educators



Bee SAFE at Enderby Seed Swap

Cherryville: 96.4% in favour of banning GM crops!

Following the presentation given by Bee SAFE in February, Cherryville overwhelmingly supported a ban on GMO crops. “It’s scary to see that had we not called for a vote, 3.6% of Cherryville voters would have decided on our future – if the GMO trend had continued, it would have been impossible for anyone else to grow organic or conventional crops” said Carla Vierke.

The fact that GMO crops contaminate other crops means that it’s impossible for GMO to co-exist. GMO corn can contaminate organic corn from as far as 3 km while GMO canola can contaminate all brassica including cabbage, kale, broccoli, wild mustard, etc…

United Nations calls for fundamental shift in farming.

The United Nations recently reported that ecological farming could double food production in 10 years, and that a “fundamental shift in farming” away from GMO and industrial farming is needed. Jane Emlyn adds  “the solution now is to support small-scale farms, developing a resilient food economy based on health, quality of life, protection of the environment and the elimination of pesticides.”

Rural Lumby to talk GMO!

Bee SAFE will hold a meeting to discuss banning GMO crops on Wednesday March 27th at 7 PM at the Whitevalley Community Centre. Please come and let everyone know so we can make an informed decision on whether to join Cherryville and protect our farms and our food.

Bee SAFE has asked RDNO’s Agricultural Advisory Committee to develop a “Transition Guide” for GMO farmers so they can get all the help and advice needed to transition to an agriculture that doesn’t take away others’ right to grow non GMO crops.

How to keep away from Monsanto seeds!

It is that time again for the seed catalogs to arrive and for people to go to seed swaps.  It may surprise you that seeds that you have been purchasing for years may be owned by Monsanto who has been buying up seed companies at an alarming rate.  Approximately 40% of the US vegetable seed market is owned by Monsanto when they purchased Seminis. See the Heirloom seeds marketed by Monsanto and the reasons they benefit from them.

Planting a garden means more than choosing certified organic seeds because Monsanto has positioned itself to make money off the increase in home gardens.  This means that when you buy organic or heirloom seeds from a completely independent company you may be supporting the big nasty corporations.

Here’s how to buy Organic or Heirloom Seeds Without Supporting Monsanto:
Don’t buy from these.
DO buy from these companies who are not affiliated with Monsanto or Seminis.
Avoid certain heirloom varieties because Monsanto now apparently owns the name
Ask seed companies if they have taken the Safe Seed Pledge. These companies have done so:

It would seem that Monsanto is trying to make money on each and every one of us.  They are not satisfied that they have monopolized the supermarkets by making most of the foods contaminated with GMO but now they are going after the organic home gardener.  Here is somebackground information that you may find interesting. Let’s all do our part to educate ourselves and stop Monsanto from choking out our ability to grow healthy food.

Weekend Events:

A marvelous FREE documentary film festival in Kelowna this weekend at the Okanagan College and at the UBC campus going from Thursday evening, March 7 to Sunday, March 10. See the Schedule here.

Among the many excellent films, you may not want to miss BITTER SEEDSSaturday 11:30 AM: since the World Trade Organization forced India to open its markets to GM seeds such as Monsanto’s BT Cotton, farmers have been forced into untenable debt in order to buy the more expensive seeds, fertilizers and pesticides required to make them grow.  Every 30 minutes a farmer in India kills himself…

Cherryville Seed Swap: 
Sunday at the Cherryville hall from 10 AM to 3 PM – don’t forget time will have changed!

Monsanto ‘Owned’ Heirloom Seednames

First of all, Monsanto or nobody else can actually OWN these varieties of seed, but as developers of some of these varieties and as suppliers of them under many different companies it can be hard to tell who owns what.  It does not stand to reason that any crop of these varieties growing today or anytime in the future will be genetically modified in any way.  Some of these varieties can be found without any continuing connection to Monsanto or Seminis but it is important to be a little more cautious with these.

If you are the type of gardener who purchases vegetable seeds or seedlings, including tomato plants from a local garden center, be mindful the varieties you choose. Conversely, you might be placing money into the hands of Monsanto Corporation. Below is the list of Seminis/Monsanto home-garden vegetable variations.  It’s often best to buy directly from seed farmers and companies that you can trust (you can find many of them here)

Print this list, and keep a copy in your wallet. Don’t be caught off guard the next time you impulse shop at a big-box garden center.

The seed varieties you have obtained as “heirlooms” from heirloom or organic seed companies are “NOT” GMO seeds, even though they are officially “owned” by Monsanto. As far as we know, the only GMO vegetable seeds available for sale today are new hybrid varieties of zucchini and summer squash, so be sure you order these from certified organic suppliers.

Please understand that Monsanto only owns the trademark names for these “heirloom” varieties. This stretegic move holds two advantages for Monsanto:

1.) prevents new companies from naming new varieties with these or very similar names.

2.) it is an effort to stop lucrative sales by these other companies trying to leverage the heirloom name and consumer loyalty for those heirloom varieties.

If you have left over seeds, do not be reluctant to plant them. Monsanto will only profit from customers purchasing these varieties from companies that are stocking seeds obtained directly from Monsanto or one of its distributors.

Beans: Aliconte, Brio, Bronco, Cadillac, Ebro, Etna, Eureka, Festina, Gina, Goldmine, Goldenchild, Labrador, Lynx, Magnum, Matador, Spartacus, Storm, Strike, Stringless Blue Lake 7, Tapia, Tema

Broccoli: Coronado Crown, Major, Packman

Cabbage: Atlantis, Golden Acre, Headstart, Platinum Dynasty, Red Dynasty

Carrot: Bilbo, Envy, Forto, Juliana, Karina, Koroda PS, Royal Chantenay, Sweetness III

Cauliflower: Cheddar, Minuteman

Cucumber: Babylon, Cool Breeze Imp., Dasher II, Emporator, Eureka, Fanfare HG, Marketmore 76, Mathilde, Moctezuma, Orient Express II, Peal, Poinsett 76, Salad Bush, Sweet Slice, Sweet Success PS, Talladega

Eggplant: Black Beauty, Fairytale, Gretel, Hansel, Lavender Touch, Twinkle, White Lightening

Hot Pepper: Anaheim TMR 23, Ancho Saint Martin, Big Bomb, Big Chile brand of Sahuaro, Caribbean Red, Cayenne Large Red Thick, Chichen Itza, Chichimeca, Corcel, Garden Salsa SG, Habanero, Holy Mole brand of Salvatierro, Hungarian Yellow Wax Hot, Ixtapa X3R, Lapid, Mariachi brand of Rio de Oro, Mesilla, Milta, Mucho Nacho brand of Grande, Nainari, Serrano del Sol brand of Tuxtlas, Super Chile, Tam Vera Cruz

Lettuce: Braveheart, Conquistador

Melon: Early Dew, Sante Fe, Saturno

Onion: Candy, Cannonball, Century, Red Zeppelin, Savannah Sweet, Sierra Blanca, Sterling, Vision

Pumpkin: Applachian, Harvest Moon, Jamboree HG, Orange Smoothie, Phantom, Prize Winner, Rumbo, Snackface, Spirit, Spooktacular, Trickster

Spinach: Hellcat

Squash: Ambassador, Canesi, Clarita, Commander, Dixie, Early Butternut, Gold Rush, Grey Zucchini, Greyzini, Lolita, Papaya Pear, Peter Pan, Portofino, President, Richgreen Hybrid Zucchini, Storr’s Green, Sungreen, Sunny Delight, Taybelle PM

Sweet Corn: Devotion, Fantasia, Merit, Obession, Passion, Temptation

Sweet Pepper: Baron, Bell Boy, Big Bertha PS, Biscayne, Blushing Beauty, Bounty, California Wonder 300, Camelot, Capistrano, Cherry Pick, Chocolate Beauty, Corno Verde, Cubanelle W, Dumpling brand of Pritavit, Early Sunsation, Flexum, Fooled You brand of Dulce, Giant Marconi, Gypsy, Jumper, Key West, King Arthur, North Star, Orange Blaze, Pimiento Elite, Red Knight, Satsuma, Socrates, Super Heavyweight, Sweet Spot

Tomato: Amsterdam, Beefmaster, Betterboy, Big Beef, Burpee’s Big Boy, Caramba, Celebrity, Cupid, Early Girl, Granny Smith, Health Kick, Husky Cherry Red, Jetsetter brand of Jack, Lemon Boy, Margharita, Margo, Marmande VF PS, Marmara, Patio, Phoenix, Poseidon 43, Roma VF, Royesta, Sun Sugar, Super Marzano, Sweet Baby Girl, Tiffany, Tye-Dye, Viva Italia, Yaqui

Watermelon: Apollo, Charleston Grey, Crimson Glory, Crimson Sweet, Eureka, Jade Star, Mickylee, Olympia

About Fritz Kreiss

Fritz Kreiss is the founding head of Occupy Monsanto. He has a history in natural health, nutrition, herbal medicine, Eastern Medicine, acupuncture, kinesiology, physiology, and many years of practice as a professional massage therapist and teacher.

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