418: Kat Granger on Starting a Small Seed Business.
Promoting ecological diversity and preserving the health of our planet.
Kat is a Master Gardener and creator of Seeds of IMBOLC, in Fergus, Ontario, Canada where she grows heirloom organic seeds and plants and is a grower for a larger organic seed group.
She has been featured on the TV show “Let’s Get Growing”, and in OMAFRA produce videos, spoken at Canada Blooms, the Pollination Guelph Symposium, and at Seedy Saturdays. She is an instructor with the Upper Grand District School District, hosts a monthly newsletter “Home on the Grange”, and enjoys sparking gardening addictions.
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Kat is a member of Seeds of Diversity, Seed Savers Exchange, and the Ontario Biodynamic Society – plus a graduate of Seed School Online.
In This Podcast:
With a passion for growing in her genes, Kat Granger joined a horticulture group, became a Master Gardener and went to seed school to learn all she could about her subject. Speaking to groups about her vegetables led to selling those vegetable seeds to her interested audience members. This eventually led to her seed business, Seeds of IMBOLC. Kat sees how a disconnection with the earth has led to so many problems with people’s health and well-being and works tirelessly to help reconnect people with nature with her authentically organic seeds.
Listen in and learn about:
“My love of cooking sort of led to my love of growing my own food which sort of led to my interest in seeds, which is now my addiction.”
- Being an “Eco-lutianary”
- The meaning of “IMBOLC”
- The Great Forgetting
- The benefits of reconnecting with the earth
- How her seed company is authentically organic
- How to save seeds from a tomato
As well as:
- Her failure – I overestimated how others perceived the importance of what I am so passionate about.
- Her success – Outside confirmation of the effects of my efforts, from my garden and from people
- Her drive – The power we each have to make a difference
- Her advice – Follow your joy and you will find your passion. It will change the world.
Kat ’s Book recommendations:
The Global Forest: Forty Ways Trees Can Save Us by Diana Beresford-Kroeger
How to reach Kat:
To learn more about more about Growing Your Own Food
And to see the I’m an Urban Farmer line
Note: You can also find these books mentioned above at one of our favorite local independent bookstores and have the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting a small business.