05/31/17 12:49pm

The Long Island Regional Seed Consortium has collected endangered and heirloom variety seeds since 2012. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Since 2012, the Long Island Regional Seed Consortium has been saving thousands of local and international heirloom vegetable seeds, as well as some flowers, with an eye toward preserving a sustainable food culture. But those seeds need a secure home where they can be safely stored, organized and distributed to be grown by generations to come. 

Many of the varieties are “orphaned,” meaning they are the last of their kind, said Cheryl Frey Richards, a co-founder of LIRSC. Some types are endangered due to climate change, growing population, falling water tables and monoculture, according to the LIRSC.

“A lot of people give us seeds in hopes that we will hold them and bring them back,” she said. “We take that very seriously so we wanted to make sure we had a good storage facility for the seeds.” (more…)

01/31/17 6:02am
Steph Gaylor of Invincible Summer Farms holding Hawaiian tomato seeds inside her greenhouse. (Credit: Carrie Miller file photo) Steph Gaylor of Invincible Summer Farms holding Hawaiian tomato seeds inside her greenhouse. (Credit: Carrie Miller file photo)

Steph Gaylor of Invincible Summer Farms holding Hawaiian tomato seeds inside her greenhouse. (Credit: Carrie Miller file photo)

Got a need for seed?

Trade your saved heirloom seeds and pick up some planting tips at the Long Island Regional Seed Consortium‘s third annual Seed Swap at Suffolk County Community College’s Riverhead campus next month. The event is set for Saturday, Feb. 11, from noon to 4 p.m. (more…)

09/21/16 6:03am
One Jerusalem artichoke plant yields a bucket full of edible roots (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

One Jerusalem artichoke plant yields a bucketful of edible roots (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Harvest season on the North Fork is a great time to stock up on all the bounty that grows out here. Right now corn, pumpkins and apples are on everybody’s shopping list, but there is also a whole crop of lesser known fruits and vegetables you may not be familiar with. For example, have you ever tried a Jerusalem artichoke or eaten cranberry beans?

This produce is just as tasty and healthy as the usual fruits and vegetables we always eat, they’re just not that well known in this country — yet. So the next time you’re out here try some of the lesser known produce that’s also being harvested. (more…)

01/11/16 2:48pm
Grow your own vegetables, like these beautiful heirloom tomatoes at Long Season Farms in Aquebogue, from seeds shared at the second annual Long Island Regional Seed Consortium Heirloom Seed Swap. (Credit: David Benthal for northforker)

Grow your own fruit and vegetables, like these beautiful heirloom tomatoes at Long Season Farms in Aquebogue, from seeds shared at the second annual Long Island Regional Seed Consortium Heirloom Seed Swap. (Credit: David Benthal for northforker)

You might have just thrown out this year’s Christmas tree, but it’s not too early to start planning your 2016 garden.

Trade your saved heirloom seeds and pick up some planting tips at the Long Island Regional Seed Consortium‘s second annual Heirloom Seed Swap at Suffolk County Community College’s Riverhead campus next month. The event is set for Saturday, Feb. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. (more…)