"There are 70 pesticides that are listed as known or probable carcinogens, based on animal testing. Of those 70, 44 are in use today, and 23 are used on our food."

— Gina Solomon, specialist in internal medicine [2001]

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Seeds From France


One of the great things about Community Gardening is the ability to share seeds, increase the diversity of what is grown locally. Recently, one of our Community Garden friends brought me back two varieties of Tomatoes grown in Selestat, France, 

One variety was a cherry Tomato that has been saved for three generations, of unknown variety. I'll take pictures this summer and update this story,

The second was a variety called Black From Tula. A picture was stolen from the Web and here it is below.

Here's a picture of it sliced at FULL RIPENESS! 
Can't you taste this Tomato?
If you are interested in getting a couple seeds to increase our Windsor, Ontario, Canada seed bank please feel free to contact us! 

When I look at this Tomato I think of Black Krim or a Cherokee Purple. Black Tomatoes are fascinatingly beautiful and juicy!

Here are it's Properties

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Ferment seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, salad
Fresh, slicing

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Local Food Distribution Research - Windsor Essex County

Windsor Essex County Survey on Procurement of Local Food

Are you a Farmer, Grower, Producer, Processor, Restaurant, Small Grocer, Bulk Buyer of Local Food, School, Banquet Hall, Festival Organizer, Chef, Community Cook?

Participate in this Survey!

Research is being done to develop a model of Direct Procurement (Purchasing) Local Food from Local Producers, Local Farmers, Local Growers
Windsor and Essex County!

Share this with somebody who might want to take the survey!