Blog Category: Seed

ONLINE COURSE: Organic Vegetable Seed Production Certificate

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 21, 2017

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COG will host Canada’s first intermediate, online certificate program on Canadian Organic Vegetable Seed Production in the Spring of 2017. Course starts on April 10, 2017! Want to learn more about producing organic seeds? Want to learn more about their commercial production, harvesting, quality, marketing, breeding and more? Want to build your own seed business following your own unique seed-farm business plan? If so, this course is for you! In partnership with USC Canada through The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, COG is excited to open registration for Canada’s first, intermediate-level Organic Vegetable Seed Production e-learning certificate! This … Continue reading ONLINE COURSE: Organic Vegetable Seed Production Certificate

Dec 7: Celebrating Canada’s Seed Innovators Webinar

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 01, 2016

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photo by greenkeepers.ca This is the 4th and final webinar of the 2016 season hosted by the BAUTA Initiative – time to celebrate! Please join us to hear from seed leaders in three regions of Canada. They’ll talk about their diverse and forward thinking seed initiatives that are advancing ecological seed and regional seed systems across the country. We’ll hear from Sarah Hargreaves (Ecological Farming Association of Ontario) on “farmer-led research”; Teprine Baldo & Stephen McComber (organizers of Strawberry Moon and Crow Moon Festivals, and owners of Fire Council Farms) on “seed for the community”; and Mel Sylvestre (BC Seed … Continue reading Dec 7: Celebrating Canada’s Seed Innovators Webinar

Grant Opportunity for Farmers Interested in Ecological Seed Production

Posted by Dana Penrice on August 18, 2016

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photo by Sara Dent.  The BAUTA Family Seed Security Initiative is offering grants to farmers interested in building their capacity and understanding of seed production through their Seed Training Support Grant.  Growers can apply for up to $500 to attend the following training events on ecological seed production. These events offer intermediate to advanced training on growing vegetable seeds and field crops. Eligible costs include travel expenses and registration fees. Kneading Conference: Skowhegan, Maine – July 28, 29, 2016 Seed Savers Exchange Annual Conference & Campout: Decorah, Iowa – Jul. 15-17, 2016 NOVIC 2-day Plant Breeding Intensive: Pablo, Montana – Sept. … Continue reading Grant Opportunity for Farmers Interested in Ecological Seed Production

Seed Grow Outs 2016

Posted by Moss Dance on March 17, 2016

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The Seed Grow Outs, a collaboration with Seeds of Diversity Canada & FarmFolk CityFolk, are designed to help farmers experiment with different varieties of crops and observe how different varieties grow for seed in diverse environments across the country. Participating farmers grow out designated quantities of seed from regionally-adapted vegetable and field crop varieties, fill out crop descriptor forms for those varieties, and send designated quantities of seed to Seeds of Diversity’s Seed Library. You can grow out your own seed or request seed from the Seeds of Diversity Seed Library.  Participating in the program lets you: experiment with seed production and try new seed varieties … Continue reading Seed Grow Outs 2016

OCTOBER 2-3: 8th Annual Vancouver Island Traditional Foods Conference, Tsaxis, BC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on September 23, 2015

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JOIN the 8th Annual Vancouver Island Traditional Foods Conference – Hosted by Kwakiutl First Nation & Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities Indigenous Food Network WHEN: October 2nd and 3rd, 2015 WHERE: Tsaxis, BC (Fort Rupert) SCHEDULE OF EVENTS The Kwakiutl First Nation will host the 8th Annual Traditional Foods Conference. On October 2nd and 3rd the Kwakiutl will welcome you to T1 sax̱is – Fort Rupert and, Dła̱ksiwe’ – Cluxewe Campground/Resort. T” sax̱is & Dła̱ ksiwe’ are two of the principle villages of the Kwakiutl Nation since time immemorial. Both are rich in cultural history and food resources of the old people including sacred sites, clam beaches, root gardens, … Continue reading OCTOBER 2-3: 8th Annual Vancouver Island Traditional Foods Conference, Tsaxis, BC

2015 Seed Mentorship Program

Posted by Chris Thoreau on April 14, 2015

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BC Seeds and FarmFolk CityFolk are happy to announce our 2015 Seed Mentorship Program! This program will match up new and eager seed growers with experienced seed growers throughout the province for a unique season-long Mentorship opportunity. Potential Mentors – Are you an experienced seed grower in BC and want to share your knowledge with others? Mentors will play an important role in guiding Mentees through the seed-growing season and offering hands-on opportunities when possible. This transfer of knowledge and experience is important to the growth and resilience of our local seed system. Potential Mentees (yes, that is a word!) … Continue reading 2015 Seed Mentorship Program

Olivier Labrie: Quinoa For Change Farm Season Update

Posted by Jennifer Cline on December 17, 2014

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The season is complete, it has been for some time here on the Island of Montréal. It is the end of a season’s story, but I realize it is just the beginning of something greater! Right now the soil is dormant, giving it a chance to rest and to rejuvenate. Soil micro-flora and -fauna activities slow into their cyclical stupor. This downtime is just as valuable to any farmer, as the body’s aches find time to heal (I know mine are!), and reflections regarding the season are processed in a meticulous and caring manner. The time for preparation was limited … Continue reading Olivier Labrie: Quinoa For Change Farm Season Update

FARMER PROFILE: ABDELLAH BOUDHIRA, ORGANIC FARMING IN MOROCCO

Posted by Kristen Nammour on December 02, 2014 3 Comments

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Name: Abdellah Boudhira Farm Location: Agadir, Morocco, which is located in close proximity, approximately 25 kilometers, to the east of the Atlantic Ocean,  Because of this, the area has a very mild favourable Mediterranean climate which is highly conducive to growing year round. What do you produce?  Our chief crop is tomatoes, but we also grow green beans, squash, potatoes, lettuce, cauliflower, and edible gourds. Farming background? My grandfather and father are of the Berber culture and have been farmers since the early 1950’s, which coincided with the time Morocco gained independence from France.  The Berbers are found in scattered communities throughout North Africa, with … Continue reading FARMER PROFILE: ABDELLAH BOUDHIRA, ORGANIC FARMING IN MOROCCO

BC Seeds Gathering Nov 14-16, 2014

Posted by Sara Dent on October 31, 2014

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FarmFolk CityFolk and Kwantlen Polytechnic University are proud to sponsor the Second BC Seeds Gathering! Dates: Friday, November 14, 2014 4:30pm to Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 1:30pm Location: Kwantlen University, Richmond Campus, 8771 Lansdowne Road, Richmond, BC This event presents an unique opportunity to: support a provincial gathering of seed growers, community leaders, and farmers from across BC showcase innovative practices in seed cultivation, harvesting and storage to an educated audience, and participate in the strong and committed community of seed practitioners from across North America. Like no other agricultural gathering in BC, this event will bring together an … Continue reading BC Seeds Gathering Nov 14-16, 2014

YA POTLUCK Edible Earth Seeds Cowichan Valley June 9!

Posted by Robin Sturley on May 22, 2013 1 Comment

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Edible Earth Seeds is an organic vegetable seed company based in the Cowichan Valley. Our mission is to support food sovereignty on Vancouver Island through the stewardship of open-pollinated seed varieties that are well-adapted to our bio-region. I began learning about seeds during my first farm apprenticeship in 2009, and I soon became convinced that we cannot have true food sovereignty without seed sovereignty. I learned about the great loss of biodiversity of our food crops, the move towards hybrid varieties, and genetic engineering. The solution seemed simple – grow more seed! So I started growing and saving seed from … Continue reading YA POTLUCK Edible Earth Seeds Cowichan Valley June 9!