Blog Category: Seed

Local Seed Producers in Canada

Posted by Alex on April 14, 2020

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Photo Credit: Patchwork City Farms It’s spring and you know what that means…SEEDS!! In the same way that we promote buying local food, we also promote buying local seeds. Seed sovereignty is, of course, foundational to food sovereignty! Virtually all vegetable seed planted in Canada is imported. Buying, planting, and saving local seed is one way to support local growers and strengthen our food system, starting with regionally adapted seeds. Steph Hughes, from The Bauta Family Initiative for Canadian Seed Security, talks about five reasons to buy local seed: Seeds learn as they grow. By saving seed, farmers adapt their crop varieties to their growing conditions, and improve … Continue reading Local Seed Producers in Canada

OCT 9, 2019: Sooke, BC – Apprenticeship Enrichment on Seed Saving

Posted by Michalina Hunter on October 04, 2019

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Join ALM Organic Farm in Sooke on October 9, 2019 for an apprentice enrichment day about seed saving, selection processing and marketing for apprentices and others who are interested in seed saving for farms.  It’s a potluck and at the end of the day folks can stay on and help us process seeds. When: October 9, 2019 from 10am-2pm Where: 3680 Otter Point Rd, Sooke, BC Schedule:  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Seed workshop and walk around. • 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Potluck RSVP: Email Mary Alice Johnson, owner of Full Circle Seeds, will be facilitating the event with … Continue reading OCT 9, 2019: Sooke, BC – Apprenticeship Enrichment on Seed Saving

Chris Thoreau on Growing Seed on Leased Land

Posted by Michalina Hunter on September 23, 2019

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Chris of the FarmFolk CityFolk Research and Education Seed Farm is a participant in the B.C. Land Matching Program, which provides land matching and business support services to new farmers looking for land to farm, as well as landowners interested in finding someone to farm their land. Visit the B.C. Land Matching Program page to learn more about the program and to find a Young Agrarians Land Matcher in your region. Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your farm. I’m Chris Thoreau – former Seed Security Program Director at FarmFolk CityFolk. Our farm is a 3.5 acre site in Abbotsford, BC that is dedicated … Continue reading Chris Thoreau on Growing Seed on Leased Land


Posted by Hailey Troock on July 29, 2019

On Tuesday, July 23rd, twelve active and aspiring farmers gathered at Winderberry Farm and Edible Acres in beautiful Windermere, BC, to participate in a seed cleaning demonstration, farm tour and potluck. Participants included some of the host farm’s young farm staff, new and returning, some local Windermere farmers and a few who drove in from as far away as Fernie. Thanks to everyone who made the effort to join us for some or all of the afternoon and of course to our hosts Lin and Oliver! During the seed cleaning demo, Chris Thoreau from FarmFolkCityFolk provided a detailed explanation of … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: MOBILE SEED CLEANER DEMO & TOUR AT WINDERBERRY & EDIBLE ACRES FARM

July 30, 2019: EDMONTON, AB – From Seed to Sourdough: Plant Breeding for Low Input Systems

Posted by Dana Penrice on July 10, 2019

Learn about the selection process, organic wheat agronomy, and the traits farmers, buyers, and bakers are looking for. The day will feature new research from the University of Manitoba Participatory Plant Breeding program and a tour of new organically-bred wheat varieties and farmer-bred wheat lines. Speakers: Michelle Carkner, Natural Systems Agriculture Lab, University of Manitoba Ward Middleton, Midmore Farms and Farmer Breeder Kaelin Whittaker, Real Bread Alberta When: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | 1:00PM to 4:30PM | $10 Where: University of Alberta Research Farm, Edmonton, AB For more information and to register contact or call 587-521-2400

JULY 23, 2019: WINDERMERE, BC – Mobile Seed Cleaner Summer Tour & Potluck at Winderberry & Edible Acres Farm

Posted by Michalina Hunter on June 27, 2019

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Join Young Agrarians and FarmFolk CityFolk at Winderberry & Edible Acres Farm in Windermere, BC for a mobile seed cleaner demo, farm tour, and potluck social! This event is free and open to everyone.  Join us as anytime from 3:00 onward as we: – Introduce you to the FarmFolk CityFolk mobile seed cleaner – Talk about the essentials of seed cleaning – Give you a chance to use some equipment and clean some of your own seed Guided farm tours will be offered at 4 pm and 5 pm. Join in the Young Agrarians potluck social at 6:00 pm with members of the local farming … Continue reading JULY 23, 2019: WINDERMERE, BC – Mobile Seed Cleaner Summer Tour & Potluck at Winderberry & Edible Acres Farm

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:  Survey for FARMERS: 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

Northern Prairie Growers Wanted for Butternut Squash Landrace Breeding Project

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 04, 2019 7 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