FarmFolk CityFolk and Kwantlen Polytechnic University are proud to sponsor the second
BC Seeds Gathering
Friday, 14 November 2014 at 4:30 PM – Sunday, 16 November 2014 at 1:30 PM (PST)
Kwantlen University Richmond Campus
8771 Lansdowne Road, Richmond, BC
This event is a provincial gathering of seed growers, savers and activists. Small-scale seed growers, community leaders, seed networks and young urban farmers from across BC will bring their seeds to clean, test a variety of cleaning equipment, learn, share experiences and launch the BC Eco Seeds producer cooperative. We will decide how, together we can improve the quality, quantity and diversity of of locally grown seed.
Although there is a growing local food movement in Canada, the vast majority of our local vegetables are not grown from local seed. In addition, thousands of our hardy vegetable varieties have become extinct over the course of the last century due to corporate concentration of seed ownership and production, and loss of seed saving and processing infrastructure.
Across Canada many organizations recognize that a truly sustainable food system needs a secure source of high quality, locally grown seeds.
FarmFolk CityFolk, through its BCSeeds project, is working with USC Canada and Seeds of Diversity Canada on a national project to work with farmers, gardeners, food activists, and community organizations to grow, conserve and spread locally adapted, biodiverse seed.