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Support Sovereign Seeds: Indigenous-led Seed Crisis Response Circle

Posted by Michalina Hunter on September 03, 2020

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Covid-19 has had tremendous impacts on food security, with disproportionate impacts on Indigenous people due to pre-existing injustices. Sovereign Seeds has responded by launching a Covid-19 Indigenous Seed Crisis Response Circle to collaboratively grow ancestral seed crops and lovingly re-distribute them to Indigenous individuals and initiatives who need them. About the COVID-19 Indigenous Seed Crisis Response Circle “In response to the preexisting food insecurities intensified by COVID-19, Sovereign Seeds is facilitating the COVID-19 Indigenous Seed Crisis Response Circle, an Indigenous seed stewardship collective operating with a commitment to nurture Indigenous seed varieties for improved seed health and access through and … Continue reading Support Sovereign Seeds: Indigenous-led Seed Crisis Response Circle

SEP-NOV 2020: VANCOUVER, BC – UBC Farm Community Workshops

Posted by Seth Friedman on August 31, 2020

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UBC Farm is excited to announce that registration for the second half of our 2020 workshop series is now open! The UBC Farm hosts a wide range of workshops covering everything from gardening and food forestry to herbal medicine, fermenting, foraging, and much more.  All of our workshops are beginner friendly and open to everyone. Check out our upcoming workshops below, or visit our website: ubcfarm.ubc.ca/workshops Our workshops are delivered by knowledgeable UBC Farm staff and affiliated experts.   Attending a UBC Farm workshop online gives you a great chance to learn from our presenters, as well as to feel connection … Continue reading SEP-NOV 2020: VANCOUVER, BC – UBC Farm Community Workshops

AUG 10, 2020: DUNSTER, BC – Land Social at Roots ‘n Thyme – SOLD OUT

Posted by Jolene Swain on July 31, 2020

You’re invited to a socially-distanced Land Social at Roots ‘n Thyme, a small-scale regenerative family farm and bakery on leased land in Dunster, B.C! If you’re curious about what land matching and sharing is all about, join us for the event. Be inspired and learn about the incredible farming that can be done on leased land! We will tour the farm, enjoy some a locally prepared food, and take a dive into the steps to building a successful farm on leased land. We will explore what farming on leased land is like and learn about how the B.C. Land Matching Program can … Continue reading AUG 10, 2020: DUNSTER, BC – Land Social at Roots ‘n Thyme – SOLD OUT

Local Seed Producers in Canada

Posted by Alex on April 14, 2020 1 Comment

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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@almfarms.org 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

EVENT RECAP: MOBILE SEED CLEANER DEMO & TOUR AT WINDERBERRY & EDIBLE ACRES FARM

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

JOB: VANCOUVER, BC – FarmFolk CityFolk, BC Seeds Program Director

Posted by Michalina Hunter on May 27, 2019

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FarmFolk CityFolk in Vancouver, BC is seeking a BC Seeds Program Director! Reporting to the Executive Director, FarmFolk CityFolk is seeking a knowledgeable and skilled person to lead our BC Seed Security Program. This program is delivered partly in partnership with USC Canada’s Canadian field program, The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security (BFICSS).  The task is a big and important one: both to help develop a thriving ecological seed sector in BC, support on-farm research on seed conservation and plant breeding, and to engage the public in seed growing and saving. This could be you if you are savvy … Continue reading JOB: VANCOUVER, BC – FarmFolk CityFolk, BC Seeds Program Director

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

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