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
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
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
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
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!
The latest two episodes of The Ruminant Podcast (available on the iTunes store and here) feature a conversation with Dan Brisebois, a young farmer with the Tournesol Farm Cooperative near Montreal, Quebec. Part one deals with the basics of getting started in veggie seed production, with an emphasis on how to incorporate seed production into an extant fresh veggie operation. In part two, Dan gives advice on how to find buyers for your seed and shares some resources for seed producers. Dan is very knowledgeable and articulate, so would-be seed producers should check it out!
I have a confession to make. I am in love: with seeds. Just had to get that out. I am gaga for plants, I revel in tubers, rhizomes, and cuttings; but seeds are different. Seeds feel like wealth. They look like jewels. They taste like wellness. They grow with a passion all their own, guided by the mystery as old as the universe. I got into this deep love affair by growing herbs on my tiny balcony. Soon, it was community garden furor, with long, dizzying bike rides over the bridge to show my plot some love. I devoured books … Continue reading Seed, Glorious Seed! Hot mescluns and mustards!
By Alicia Baddorf 9/10 of the bites we take start with seed. The range of seed diversity that exists is breathtaking, but consider this: over the past 80 years, we have lost 93% of variety in our food seeds. At the BCSeed Gathering in Richmond this November, a group of seed activists, farmers and concerned citizens from the province came together for a weekend of workshops, skills sharing and dialogue around seeds. Going into the gathering, I was aware of a number of environmental and social issues surrounding seed sovereignty, but the breadth of knowledge and passion exuded by these seed … Continue reading Building a Seed Saving Legacy