Blog Category: Seed

JOB: OTTAWA, ON – USC Canada, Indigenous Seed Sovereignty Manager

Posted by Michalina Hunter on May 17, 2019

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USC Canada, in partnership with the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network, is hiring a Program Manager for a one-year Indigenous Seed Sovereignty Project. Apply by June 6, 2019 12 PM EST for an opportunity to join the team! Position details: Start date July 9, 2019 (negotiable) to April 30, 2020, possibly renewable Location: Ideally Ottawa, Canada. Remote work may be possible. Why This Project Indigenous Peoples and smallholder farmers are the original plant breeders. The diversity of crops all people benefit from today is thanks to their careful stewardship and knowledge of their territories. Despite the disruption of traditional land-based practices, … Continue reading JOB: OTTAWA, ON – USC Canada, Indigenous Seed Sovereignty Manager

Kootenays, BC: Biodynamic Seed Collection for Sale

Posted by Michalina Hunter on April 18, 2019 2 Comments

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Seeking an aspiring organic/biodynamic grower/seedmeister to carry on the stewardship of a biodynamic seed collection from Aurora Farm, the first commercial BD heirloom seed company in North America. These seeds were cultivated in accordance with Biodynamic principles allowing life forces to give rise to nutrient dense crops with many varieties grown out for 30 years. They were cultivated on a hilltop in the Kootenay River Valley that was particularly suitable for seed production and Demeter and Organically Certified. Aurora Farm concurrently hosted a biodynamic apprenticeship training program from the early 90’s until the early 2000’s. Seed harvesting screens (6) and … Continue reading Kootenays, BC: Biodynamic Seed Collection for Sale

SURVEY: Understanding Farmers’ Need for Seed!

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 29, 2019

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Seed Savers Exchange is looking for insight from farmers and seed breeders about how you source seeds. Please consider taking the short survey. Thank you! Survey for BREEDERS: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SSEBreederSurvey  Survey for FARMERS: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SSEFarmerSurvey Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit that aims to conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.  We are seeking to understand how farmers source seeds and how this process can be improved. Providing input from your experiences will help us better serve the farming community.  Questions about this survey can be directed to kgilbery@seedsavers.org

Northern Prairie Growers Wanted for Butternut Squash Landrace Breeding Project

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 04, 2019 3 Comments

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Northern Prairie C. Moschata Landrace Project The Northern Landrace Project is seeking volunteer growers for 2019 to landrace/swarm breed some large, early, cold night tolerant, resilient Curcubita moschata (butternut squash) with the end goal of a loveable butternut flavor. Learn more on Winston’s website.  Volunteer to grow via the contact form.  The Rationale A good crop of butternut squash is a difficult thing to achieve in many northern Canadian gardens even with shorter season varieties. On top of that, shorter season varieties achieve this by breeding for smaller fruit but other species of squash can be grown in our climate without sacrificing size. There is … Continue reading Northern Prairie Growers Wanted for Butternut Squash Landrace Breeding Project

EDUCATION: SEED FARMING – PILOT SEASON AT THE COWICHAN INCUBATOR SEED FARM

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on January 03, 2019

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ABOUT THE INCUBATOR SEED FARM On the path to Food Security, Cowichan Green Community is thrilled to present the 2019 Pilot Incubation Season at the Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm. Without seed security there can be no food security, basically without seeds there would be no food. What does seed security look like? It looks like a diverse, regionally adapted, sustainable and organic supply of seeds, enough for our region. ABOUT THE PROGRAM The Pilot Incubation Season will run from May 1st to October 31st where a variety of topics will be researched as a group cooperative and then applied through … Continue reading EDUCATION: SEED FARMING – PILOT SEASON AT THE COWICHAN INCUBATOR SEED FARM

JUL 10,11,15: WINLAW & PRINCE GEORGE, BC: Seed Production Workshops

Posted by Moss Dance on June 18, 2018

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Demand for organic seed is increasing across North America and many regions of BC offer a great growing environment for seed crops. On-farm seed production can bring additional revenue to your farm and help you grow seed optimally suited to your farm environment. SEED PRODUCTION WORKSHOPS WITH PATRICK STEINER Join long-time organic seed producer and founder of Stellar Seeds, Patrick Steiner, for these seed production workshops and field days in Winlaw (July 15) and Prince George (July 10 & 11). These workshops include both classroom and field time as Patrick covers the fundamentals of seed production in the classroom and … Continue reading JUL 10,11,15: WINLAW & PRINCE GEORGE, BC: Seed Production Workshops

Online Course: BAUTA Seed Production Course (Grants available)

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 15, 2018

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Want to learn more about producing organic seeds? Want to learn about their commercial production, harvesting, quality, marketing, breeding and more?  Want to build your own 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 only intermediate-level Organic Vegetable Seed Production e-learning certificate! This 22-week program runs April 9th – November 2nd, 2018 (with a summer break from July 9th – September 2nd). Designed with flexibility, this certificate program will be delivered in a part-time blended format featuring live, online instruction … Continue reading Online Course: BAUTA Seed Production Course (Grants available)

Peace Country Film and Pub Night

Posted by Lilli Klamke on January 29, 2018

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Gathering time for Peace Country Farmer Friends The snow is piling up, nature is resting, and hopefully so are you! Before the days in the Peace Region warm and the pace picks up, join Young Agrarians inside the beautiful walls of Demmitt Hall for a pre-season gathering, documentary screening, and pub night. Let’s meet those new to us, greet those dear to us, and spend time discussing what our vision for ecological farming within the Peace Country might look like. It is the time of year where we start gearing up for the next season. We are excited to hear about your … Continue reading Peace Country Film and Pub Night

Calling all prairie vegetable growers: We want your input!

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 13, 2017

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The overall goal of this project is to ensure that Canadian vegetable farmers and seed producers have access to high quality seed that are well adapted to their particular region. Samantha Flasha with the Bauta Initiative will be hosting meetings (conference calls) for those who are interested on. For Alberta farmers the call will be on January 17th, for Saskatchewan Farmers to call will be on January 18th and for Manitoba farmers the call will be on January 19th. During the calls we will identify the most important traits you would like to see improved or developed in the varieties … Continue reading Calling all prairie vegetable growers: We want your input!

NOV 3-4: RICHMOND, BC – BC Seed Gathering

Posted by Moss Dance on September 05, 2017

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Want to learn to grow and save seed? Get connected with seed savers and growers at the BC Seed Gathering! WHEN: November 3-4, 2017 WHERE: Kwantlen Polytechnic University Campus, 8771 Lansdowne Rd, Richmond, BC REGISTER: bcseedgathering.eventbrite.ca FOR MORE INFO: www.bcseeds.org/gathering “Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are seeds, and the harvest can either be flowers or weeds.” ~ Unknown Join us at the BC Seed Gathering to let your thoughts blossom into beautiful flowers—and beautiful weeds—because let’s be honest here, many weeds are edible and perform many important functions on Earth. Moreover, seeds provide food for fuel to feed our thoughts. The … Continue reading NOV 3-4: RICHMOND, BC – BC Seed Gathering