Pemberton Seed Library
Why A Seed Library?
- Promotes food sovereignty, sustainability, and security
- Provides free access to seeds for those that may not be able to afford them
- Growing seeds in a select region for that region makes them more adapted to our local environment
- Preserves rare strains of seeds, promotes seed diversity
- Strengthens our community!
- It is fun, easy, and a great way to expand your gardening skills.
How it Works
Borrow ~ Save ~ Share
You have to be a library member to borrow seeds. Individuals grow & save seeds, bringing them back to the seed library so they can be shared with others. This keeps our seed library robust and viable! We have all the resources needed to get you growing and saving seeds! You don’t need to be an expert! We have Seed Library Orientations for that.
Stay tuned to our Facebook Page and the Library for more details.
A collaborative project between the Pemberton Public Library & Stewardship Pemberton Society
Pemberton Fruit Tree Project
Connect people with excess fruit with those who want and need it, and reduce human-bear conflict at the same time. Tree owners who can’t pick their trees can register their trees, and we will coordinate picking when the fruit is ripe. The fruit is equally split between owners, volunteers and local organizations such as the Food Bank or Healthy Pregnancy Outreach Program.
If you have a fruit tree that you could use some help picking later this summer, please register your tree with us, and we’ll work to connect your tree with volunteer pickers.
Please note that we will not be picking cherries this year due to the high rate of worms in them.
We also need volunteer pickers to make this successful. If you are keen to pick some fruit trees in exchange for fruit, please click below or call Belinda at 604 906 0145 to discuss and provide your information.
Stewardship Pemberton would like to thank the Province of British Columbia for their financial contribution for this project.
Pemberton Crabapple Project
How it works
Stewardship Pemberton harvests crabapples along the main street in Pemberton. These mature trees were planted in honour and memory of local veterans and community members. While beautiful, they attract black bears into our town each year. Bears that become conditioned to accessing human food sources in urban areas are at higher risk of being killed due to human-bear conflict and public safety concerns. SPS removes the attractant – taking the fruit to the Pemberton Community Centre kitchen where we turn it into stunning seasonal crabapple jelly.
This project educates on:
- identifying and managing managing bear attractants
- how we can better co-exist with bears
- the importance of healthy and local eating
- food security
- how to preserve food through canning
We also encourage the public to pick from these public trees! Find a tested recipes here.
Available for Purchase
Contact us for case lot discounts!
Thanks to our 2017 sponsors: Squamish Climate Action Network, the Community Foundation of Whistler, the Village of Pemberton, and the Pemberton Valley Utilities Services.
Pemberton Food Bank
How it works
Stewardship Pemberton partners with the Pemberton Food Bank and Sea to Sky Community Services to grow a large organic vegetable garden at the Pemberton Creek Community Garden.
The project commences with growing seeds in the greenhouse and with classes at Signal Hill Elementary School in April, and ends with harvesting at Thanksgiving. The harvest goes to the Pemberton Food Bank, Healthy Pregnancy Outreach Program, and Women’s Safe House. This projects embodies the spirit of community giving to those most in need. It teaches young children about plant life cycles, seed saving, organic gardening techniques, permaculture, and teaches perseverance and dedication through very tangible results! The project also serves as a teaching (and eating!) plot for the Nature Camp participants of the One Mile Lake Nature Centre.
A big and heartfelt Thank You to the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation who have funded capital costs associated with the program.
Pemberton Agriculture Parks
Stewardship Pemberton Society (SPS), in partnership with the Village of Pemberton, developed the Pemberton Agricultural Parks Master Plan to guide the creation of agricultural parkland in Pemberton and Area C. Project goals were to raise awareness regarding local food systems, engage the public, reduce greenhouse gas emissions through local food initiatives, increase food sustainability, security and address food justice issues in our communities through the creation of a cohesive Master Plan to guide this project forward.