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Life Expectancy in Zambia

Amazing stats from an amazing woman. Thanks

Letters from Lusaka

Yesterday the road in front of our house was like the Santa Monica Freeway, which is especially odd when you consider that we live 3 km out on a very poor pot-hole rock-laden dusty red-dirt road.  It’s nearly impossible to find someone’s home back here because the dozens of crisscrossing roads are unnamed, and there are no numbers or addresses on homes.  (When people come to visit us I have to give them road markers, “turn right at the three-way split and follow the bougainvilleas on your left,” then “turn left at the corner house with three German Shepherds who will escape through the electric fence and try to block your path,” etc.)

I figured the traffic was due to the half-dozen cardboard “Funeral Home” signs directing people how to get from Leopards Hill road (the main drag) to the neighbor three plots down from us who had erected a…

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Seeds has Charitable Status-Wueeee!

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that I just found out yesterday morning that we have an official charitable number  801 572 736 RR0001 so we may issue tax receipts.

We are only issuing receipts for $15.00 and up at this time, but any amount you can spare is welcome.

To issue the receipt I will need your full name, including middle initial, address and amount  and I will send the receipts to you prior to the end of February 2014.

Socio-Economic And Environmental Development Solutions (SEEDS), is our legal name.

Donate Through Paypal

If you wish to donate with your credit card through paypal you may do so by clicking here

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You may also mail a cheque to:

 Socio-Economic And Environmental Development Solutions (SEEDS)

4 Browning Ave.,

Toronto, On., M4K 1V7

Or if you prefer, you may go to any Bank Of Montreal and deposit directly into our non-profit Business Account with the following information:

Transit # 0417

Account # 8986-442

Note:

Canada Revenue Agency has started a temporary supplement with an added 25% to the rates used to calculate monetary donations up to $1000.00.

So if you have not donated in the past 5 years and claimed it on your income tax, nows the time!

Our web site is growing at the moment but I will let you know when it is in full bloom!

www.sendseedstoafrica.org

For now you may still find out what we are doing on the blog medwoman.wordpress.com. We presently have four locations to send seeds to in Africa and are working on sending them to our Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

If you have any questions you may email me and I will sprout up to get back to you

joanne@sendseedstoafrica.org

Wishing you all a very Berry Christmas and Seedy New Year!LOL.

If you have already donated, Many, Many thanks. May you Stay Blessed!

Please pass this to anyone you think may want to assist in preserving our seed diversity, trees and elephants in the world or help people less fortunate than ourselves!

Best,

Joanne

Big Hug!

Thank you and have a SEED FULL Day!

New First Time Donor’s Super Credit-CRA

Canada Revenue Agency has started a new supplement with an added 25% to the rates used to calculate monetary donations.

So if you have not donated in the past 5 years and claimed it on your income tax, nows the time!

Donate Through Paypal

If you wish to donate with your credit card through paypal you may do so by clicking here

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We have saved many seeds but do not have the funds to courier them to Zambia.

It costs approximately $200.00 to send the seeds and now I have two connections in Eastern Province and one connection in Western Province to send the seeds to. Therefore I need to collect $600.00 in donations to send the seeds now as the rainy season has started.

Any donation would be appreciated as it all adds up.

See the explanation of how it all works with the CRA below.

Thank you! Joanne

What is the new First-Time Donor’s Super Credit (FDSC)?

A2. Starting in the 2013-2017  taxation year, the budget proposes to introduce a temporary non-refundable FDSC that will supplement the CDTC for individuals. This new credit effectively adds 25% to the rates used in the calculation of the CDTC for up to $1,000 of monetary donations. As a result, a first-time donor will be allowed a 40% federal credit for donations of $200 or less, and a 54% federal credit for the portion of donations over $200 but not exceeding $1,000.

Example 1: An eligible first-time donor claims $500 of charitable donations in 2013. All of the donations are donations of money. The first-time donor’s FDSC and CDTC would be calculated as follows:

First $200 of charitable donations claimed: $200 x 15% = $30
Charitable donations claimed in excess of $200: $300 x 29% = $87
First-Time Donor’s Super Credit: $500 x 25% = $125
Total FDSC and CDTC: $242

Example 2: An eligible first-time donor claims $700 of charitable donations in 2013. Only $300 of the donations are donations of money. The first-time donor’s FDSC and CDTC would be calculated as follows:

First $200 of charitable donations claimed: $200 x 15% = $30
Charitable donations claimed in excess of $200: $500 x 29% = $145
First-Time Donor’s Super Credit: $300 x 25% = $75
Total FDSC and CDTC: $250

Q3. When can I claim the FDSC?

A3. As the FDSC is a temporary credit, you can only claim it once from the 2013 to 2017 taxation years.

Q4. Who is considered a first-time donor?

A4. For the 2013 taxation year, an individual will be considered a first-time donor if neither the individual nor the individual’s spouse or common-law partner has claimed the CDTC in any of the five preceding tax years.

Q5. Can both my spouse or common-law partner and I claim the FDSC?

A5. As a first-time donor, the FDSC, along with the corresponding CDTC, may be shared by you and your spouse or common-law partner in a particular taxation year. However, the total amount of donations that may be claimed for the FDSC by both individuals cannot exceed $1,000. When it cannot be agreed on the amount of the credit that each of you will claim, the CRA may apportion the credit.

Q6. Do all of my donations qualify for the FDSC?

A6. No. Only donations of money that are made after March 20, 2013 will qualify for the FDSC. For taxation years from 2013 to 2017, a new line will be added to Schedule 9, Donations and Gifts to identify the eligible portion of the charitable donations that you have claimed that are donations of money.

Q7. Where can I get more information about the FDSC?

A7. The CRA is committed to providing taxpayers with up-to-date information. The CRA encourages taxpayers to check its Web site often. All new forms, policies, and guidelines will be posted as they become available.

In the meantime, please see the Department of Finance Canada’s Budget 2013 documents for details.

Date Modified: 2013-03-27

African Dinner Benefit

Please join us for dinner or after for the entertainment.

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You will have a great time and it is for a great cause!

Note the damage done to the trees by the Elephants.

Note the damage done to the trees by the Elephants.

Date: September 28, 2013

Where: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 10

1083 Pape Ave (South of O’connor Dr.)

6:00 Cocktails (Cash Bar)

7:00 Dinner

Menu

African Babotie: Meat or Vegetarian Kale, Mango and Peanut Salad

Corn on the Cob                         Dessert Assortment

Entertainment

Advance Ticket $45 (Sept 20) Price at the Door $50

ALL Proceeds are used for The Silozi Seed Bank and Trees for Elephants

For Tickets or Inquiries please Contact Joanne

medwoman@sympatico.ca

Fenced enclosures for Tree Nursery

Hello everyone,

It is amazing how things fall into place.

Ellena mailed the last batch of seeds to Fredrick on May 1st but I did not put the Post Office Box number in the address I gave her so the seeds did not make it. Live and learn!

Now My friend Erin is going on a trip to many countries in Africa and will take 100,000 pepper seeds plus a variety of other seeds and mail or courier them to Fredrick in July 2013.

This is the package I am getting ready for Erin to take.

Note the seeds in jars now in a plastic bag in the 2nd photo.

100,000 sweet pepper seeds + variety of other seeds

100,000 sweet pepper seeds + variety of other seeds

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Once Fredrick gets the seeds he can start handing them out 100 per envelope and then start collecting 25 tree seeds in the plastic milk bags so we can grow more trees. He has already collected some tree seeds himself but I want to start the three step Silozi Seed Bank project trial.

It will take at least 1 year for the trees to be hardy enough to sell to the national & private game parks to feed Elephants.

I am hoping Erin can mail them or send them via DHL or Fed Ex. I am still working out the details.

From my research it will cost me approximately $184.00 to send the seeds from Toronto via DHL and I hope to send them every two months as that is how long it has taken to collect 100,000 seeds this time.

Fredrick has to build pole and grass fenced enclosures for the tree nursery so people don’t steal the growing seedlings. I think that should cost about $200USD.

If you can spare $5.00 or $10.00 to donate to build these fences I would really appreciate it. You may donate from your credit card via pay pal. just click on the link below. Thank you so much!

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=3MBYF6GYLX9JG

Watermelon with seeds please!

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I started my trial seed garden around May 15th.

It is only about 6′ x 8′ but I managed to fit quite a few plants and seeds into it.

I cheated and bought some plants that were already started.

I knew it was early and I was a bit concerned about all of this cold weather we have been having this spring. I even covered everything with plastic bags on the night they predicted frost.

I learned a great trick from my mother in law to stop grubs from eating the leaves without killing them by drowning them in beer.

You put crushed egg shells around the plants and the grubs don’t like to pass over the sharp broken shells.

I think I will try crushing them by hand in future though as the blender turned some of them into powder.

Here they are spread around the plants

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Here is my seed garden now as of June 13, 2013. I say seed garden because I will be letting a lot of it go to seed so I can collect the seeds to send to Africa.

I have planted:

broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, climber beans, cucumbers, yellow zucchini, green onions, basil, thyme, rosemary, organo from plants.

red & white potatoes, sunflowers and sweet peppers of course from seed

coriander, tarragon, parsley and cherry tomatoes came up from seed

in the ground from last year.

I  have  a blackberry & blueberry bush squeezed in there as well.

Isn’t it beautiful!

Through saving seeds to send to Africa I have learned more than my stomach can handle. I say my stomach because I feel sick when I think of the way Monsanto, Dow and many companies are destroying our food supply by genetically modifying our vegetables.

Round up is a Monsanto pesticide that kills plants. Monsanto developed a genetically modified canola seed that is not susceptible to Round Up.

In 1997 Round up was introduced in Canada and three farmers in Saskatchewan planted round up resistant canola. Their farms were adjacent to 70 year old Percy Schmeiser’s farm.

Canola is a self pollinating crop so the Round up resistant gene is spread to surrounding fields naturally.

Monsanto sued Percy Schmeiser in 1998 for planting Round up proof canola seed which he didn’t plant. Therefore a farmer who has been saving CLEAN seed each year to re plant would have the round up resistant gene in his seeds if it was planted next to a Round up crop.

If you want to read more just do a google search on Monsanto in Canada. There are many cases where Monsanto has sued farmers for using their PATENT seed and now thankfully many farmers are suing Monsanto for having their seed on farmers fields who never planted it.

We Must Stop Monsanto or we will not have CLEAN seed much longer.

I wanted to buy a watermelon so I could save the seeds for Africa. I went to Sobeys and was told that they don’t order anything but SEEDLESS watermelons.

I was also told I could get one at Knob Hill Farms so I went there and bought one.

I subsequently emailed Sobeys to show my distain and emailed Knob Hill Farms to thank them and tell them to keep up the great work.

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Out of these two pieces of watermelon I got 59 seeds.

Wish me luck that they grow in Africa.

I will plant one in my trial seed garden and see.

So if you have a watermelon this summer, save the seeds as they may not be around much longer.

Also if anyone has any seed from those beautiful field tomatoes from days gone by, save those or donate a few to The Toronto Seed Bank. They will put them in a vault.

Save Those Seeds. Thankx

Great team for the Silozi Seed bank

 

I just spoke to Fredrick on May 7,2013 and he has completed the compost pit. He had to purchase manure so hopefully this compost will be enough to last for this year. The 2 metre x 1 metre pit is supposed to fill 8000 small black polythene tubes. He will start filling in the planting tubes with tree seeds this June. He has collected some himself but hopefully The Silozi Seed bank will start functioning soon and the participants will hand in a good variety of tree seeds.

Fredrick, Car & I

Fredrick, Carl & I

I must say that something is guiding me through all of this. So many things have happened and are falling into place it is amazing.

So I am very excited about our team.

We are in the process of setting up the non-profit charitable organization.

It is called S.E.E.D.S. Inc. which stands for Socio-Economic and Environmental Development Solutions.

Officially you need 3 Directors to start a non profit, therefore we have:

President-Joanne Hutchinson, owner Med Management, author.

Secretary-Ellena Andoniou, Ph.D Candidate, Geography, Western University.

Treasurer-Sorcha Kellett, Nutritionist/Dietitian(member I.N.D.I.)

I have met some amazing people and hooked up with old acquaintances that are helping this quest move forward quite nicely.

By chance I met Ellena’s mother who works at the Bank of Montreal near us through Carl’s parents. I was opening a US bank account and told her about my projects re the environment ie. my polar bear book and The Silozi Seed bank and Trees for Elephants.

Also by chance I met Sonny Cho who went to school with Carl and his sister Michelle. Sonny now is a fund raiser for Centennial College and he was looking for a hospitality/trade school in Africa to send students too. He was helping me learn the ins and outs of fund raising and sent me a brochure from western University. Well guess who’s picture was in the brochure? Ellena.

So I went back to the BMO and gave Ellena’s mom my email address for Ellena and the rest is history.

Then I was walking back from the grocery store and ran into Sorcha.

I hired and trained Sorcha how to use Quickbooks at a doctors office I worked at many years ago. We chatted as we walked and had a meeting the next day and now she is on board. Sorcha is a Nutritionist/Dietitian so she will be a great help with these projects.

As you all know I am saving seeds along with 4 friends. I also have the Sobey’s  near me,  Ingo, my next door neighbour who is a chef. My biggst supporter so far has been Frakin Catering . Darryl who owns Frakin Catering has saved so many seeds for me he is proving to me that this can work.http://frakin.com/.

Remember how I said earlier that I am so privileged as this is all falling into place.

Ellena is a Global Health Conference Co-Ordinator for SASA Scientific Committee & Editorial Board. SASA stands for The Society for the Advancement of Science in Africa (SASA) is hosting it’s inaugural conference The Advancement of Science in Africa and seeks to engage the international scientific community in finding paths towards strengthening the scientific and technological capacities of communities, schools, and institutions in Africa.

SASA ( South African Science Association) asked Ellena to come and speak at this years conference on April 25,2013. This was amazing to me as it was a less expensive way to get some seeds to Africa so Ellena kindly mailed from South Africa, over 15,000 seeds to Fredrick on May1,2013.

I sent sweet peppers, pomegranate, sunflower, cherry tomatoe,…

It only cost Ellena $21.00 to send them from South Africa and I have yet to mail them from Toronto so we shall see what it costs when I do.

That should give him a good start at handing out 100 seeds to each person. Therefore he can give 150 families 100 seeds each to start this project.

I will keep you posted as to how it all goes. As of today he has not recieved them yet. The mail system is really slow there as Mongu is 640K from the capital city Lusaka and I had to mail them to The Country Lodge as it had a proper address.

Here is the process for a batch of 43 pepper seeds I received from Ingo, the chef who lives next door. I have determined that it is best to take the seeds off the stem asap and lay them on the parchment paper. They tend to get slymy if you wait too long.

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drying on two sheets of parchment

drying on two sheets of parchment

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ended up over 10,000 seeds when dried

ended up over 10,000 seeds when dried

Thank you for your donation everyone!