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The Svalbard Global Seed Vault receives a third seed deposit from SSE


Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Seed Savers Exchange, Inc., a leading non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds, has announced that a third deposit of heirloom seeds has been deposited safely into the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway.

Acting President and Executive Director Aaron Whaley confirmed that Seed Savers Exchange has carefully selected and sent a total of 1,389 open pollinated varieties to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault since it opened in February 2008. SSE's recent deposit will help push the total number of accessions held at Svalbard to over 500,000.

Even though Seed Savers' share represents only a small portion of the total deposits at Svalbard, the organization's contribution is unique because the heirloom varieties are mostly seeds conserved by home gardeners. Here is a small sampling of the varieties in the most recent deposit: Bean-Blue Boy; Cucumber-Spring of Water; Cowpea-Tight Red; Ground Cherry-New Hanover; Melon-Plum Granny; Pepper-Jimmy's Little White Hots; Pumpkin-Algonquian; Tomato-German Pink; and Watermelon-Arikara.

"It is very reassuring to know that all of these varieties are in the vault for safekeeping," Whaley says. "It is especially moving for me to see that the German Pink Tomato has made its way back across the Atlantic." The German Pink Tomato was brought to America in 1883 by his maternal Great-Great Grandparents, Michael Ott and Margaret Ertle, from Dreuschendorf, Germany, and has been grown every summer by the family. In fact, German Pink was one of the two original varieties that inspired the founding of Seed Savers Exchange in 1975 by his parents.

Whaley also points out that, "Seed banks are one of the great ways to safeguard seeds; the other is to have the seeds growing in gardens far and wide." Members of the Seed Savers Exchange can gain access to the same seeds deposited in Svalbard through the annual 500-page Yearbook that is distributed to SSE's 12,500 members. The Yearbook- listing 13,263 unique varieties- serves as a networking tool linking members in sharing varieties with one another. Over the past 35 years, members have shared hundreds of thousands of varieties.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault functions like the ultimate safety deposit box for biodiversity and global food supply preservation, storing duplicate collections of seeds on behalf of gene banks from around the world. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault offers protection against permanent loss due to natural .....
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Farm-to-school efforts double in Minnesota

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The number of Minnesota school districts purchasing fresh food from local farms has more than doubled in the last 15 months, according to a survey released today by the Minnesota School Nutrition Association (MSNA) and the Institute for Agriculture ..... 
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Grazing Cover Crops Field Day

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Root River Grazing Specialist Dean Thomas has arranged for a field day at the Mike (Tom) Boelter farm located at 29254 181st Ave., Wykoff, MN, on Saturday, April 10th, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

The corn silage field was seeded by helicopter with ..... 
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Fillmore County pork farmer Craig Mensink attends National Pork Forum

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Minnesota's presence was visible throughout the 2010 National Pork Forum earlier this month in Kansas City, Mo. National Pork Forum is the annual meeting of state pork associations and the Pork Checkoff.

The meeting was attended by 141 votin ..... 
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Dairy Princess to be crowned Saturday in Canton

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The crowning of the new Fillmore County Dairy Princess will be held Saturday, March 27th at the Assumption Hall in Canton at 1:00pm. The public is welcome to attend.

The Princess candidate is Stephanie Drinkall of Lanesboro. Stephanie is the ..... 
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Learn to burn! Workshop in Preston April 10

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Learn to Burn! is a prescribed burning workshop for private landowners that will held in Preston on Saturday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DNR Forestry office, 912 Houston St. NW. The workshop is free and is sponsored by the MN DNR and the ..... 
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Turning horses into more than just a hobby

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

One local family is making it a mission to help people find something they enjoy to do through horses. Husband and wife duo, Randy and Teresa Coyle, owners of Quarters by Coyle's, have turned their love for horses into more than just a hobby.
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A heritage of horsemanship

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Horse people. In this area, it's likely that you know at least one of them. In essence, they live and breath horses and the lifestyle that accompanies it. The countless hours of grooming, feeding, veterinary care, pasture management, and of course, ..... 
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Local resident participates in AQHA Horseback Riding Program

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Jamie Solberg of Preston, MN, recently earned an award for logging 1,500.0 hours in the American Quarter Horse Association Horseback Riding Program. The program recognizes and rewards AQHA members for time spent with their American Quarter Horses in ..... 
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