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What we are doing together

The Southern Ontario Seed Strategy will help prioritize actions to help grow more native plants, grow them better, and set a course for future restoration. The SOSS seeks to restore relationships with native plants in Southern Ontario. Native plants gift our world with resilience, integrity, stability, beauty, connection, love, wonder and hope. They come from wild, local communities and have deep relationships with other native organisms and are adapted to local land and water. Despite being often marginalized as weeds, native plants are powerful in their ability to protect the water, air, and soil, supporting ecosystems and quality of life for all. 

Colonialism has created crises of extinction and climate and adds millions of exotic plants to the landscape every year. With ancient ingenuity, native plants show us another way forward to regenerate relationships for healthy and sustainable landscapes. They share potential to connect hearts, minds, bodies, knowledge, habitat, and opportunities for all generations to thrive. By prioritizing locally grown and sourced seeds, we will learn about our native species, the land and each other. The seeds we protect, and plant now will define our future . 

By working together through the development of the SOSS, we are increasing our capacity to protect and propagate the diversity of native seeds and plants we need to restore, enhance and expand healthy landscapes. We will explore ways to: 

  • Support Indigenous-led rematriation and seed sovereignty
  • Protect genetic diversity of seeds
  • Create space for native plants everywhere from local sources
  • Empower people to grow healthy vital native plant populations

The SOSS collective gathers monthly in ethical space to work together on developing a seed strategy through knowledge sharing, discussion, and working groups. The collective development of a draft strategy is to be completed by early 2024.

SOSS Collective Meeting Schedule

Year 

Month 

Day 

Time 

Topics 

2022 

June 

29 

2 hours 

Ethical Space, Updates, Meeting Schedule  

2022 

July 

27 

2 hours 

SOSS Vision: why does this matter? 

Autonomy of Native Plants 

2022 

August 

31 

3 hours 

Committees & Components 

2022 

September 

28 

2 hours 

Tree Seed Guidelines, Intro to Genetic Concepts - Postponed

2022 

October 

26 

2 hours 

Equity within The Native Plant Economy

2022 

November 

30 

3 hours 

Focal Species

2022 

December 

14 

 

BREAK 

2023 

January 

25 

2 hours 

Grass & Forb Guidelines, Orchards & Seed Production Areas

2023 

February 

22 

2 hours 

Industry Update & Seed Needs Forecasting   

2023 

March 

29 

3 hours 

Reconciliation & Seed Sovereignty, Plants as Kin

2023 

April 

26 

2 hours 

National Strategy Connections / SOSS Progress Report 

2023 

May 

31 

2 hours 

Training & Knowledge Transfer 

2023 

June 

28 

3 hours 

Genetic Integrity, Climate Change & Assisted Migration 

2023 

July 

26 

2 hours 

Habitat Conservation & Restoration

2023 

August 

30 

2 hours 

Agri-food, Health & Wellbeing  

2023 

September 

27 

3 hours 

Investment & Capacity Building: Acceleration by Sector  

2023 

October 

25 

2 hours 

Ex Situ/Inter Situ Conservation & Species at Risk  

2023 

November 

29 

3 hours 

REVIEW / RECAP 

2023 

December 

13 

 

BREAK 

 


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