ISSA e-zine 10 February 2012
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If you are looking for a gift for a loved one this Valentine's Day then why not consider a pair of apple trees? You will be giving a gift that will blossom beautifully in the Spring and bear fruit for many, many years to come. An apple tree is an appropriate Valentine's gift as the apple is sacred to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. In ancient Greece, to throw an apple at someone was to symbolically declare one's love and similarly, to catch it was to symbolically show one's acceptance of that love.
A Pioneer of Plant Genetic Conservation
Erna Bennett, one of the early pioneers of plant genetic conservation, passed away in January 2012. She was 86 years old. Erna Bennett was an Irish rebel of a very special kind.
Born in Derry and raised in Belfast, she is said to have coined the phrase 'genetic ressources conservation' and struggled successfully against the erosion of agrobiodiversity. She gave an inspiring and challenging example to many.
Click here to read Erna Bennett's biography www.geneconserve.pro.br/bio_erna.htm
Bohatch Construction is doing a great job and work is progressing quickly on the new seed bank.The ground works have been completed and the concrete slabs for the building and the solar drying space have been poured and have been curing for a few weeks.
Next week the builders will begin the wooden framing for the new facility, which is expected to be complete by this July.
What to do in the garden this week
Installation of a Photovoltaic Light System Saturday 11th February This is a hands-on, practical day. We will be installing a PV (photovoltaic) system to run a few small lights at the cob house.
Fruit Tree PruningSunday 12th FebruaryWe will cover the theory of pruning in the morning and tour the orchards at Seed Savers. In the afternoon the pruning tools will be introduced, and a practical demonstration will be shown.
Restoring an Old Orchard Saturday 18th February In the morning participants will tour the Irish Seed Savers orchards and cover the basics of orchard health and maintenance. In the afternoon we will visit an old local orchard.
Beekeeping Part 1, Introduction Saturday 25th February Basic overview of bees and beekeeping for the complete beginner.
Irish Seed Savers Association