Month: October 2017

Harvesting Carrot Seed

Harvesting Carrot Seed

As we harvest carrots from the BC Seed Trials we are still processing carrot seed from UBC Farm and the Sharing Farm. Although harvested over a month ago, the seed still needs to be processed to ready it for sale and planting. The seed dried down in the seed greenhouse

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Carrots Harvested!

Carrots Harvested!

The carrot trial has been harvested and evaluated! We grew 17 cultivars of carrots, which were all open pollinated, Nantes style and classed as over-wintering. Except for 2 hybrid cultivars that served as checks in which to compare other carrots to. In the harvest evaluation we recorded bolting plants, foliar

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Leeks, Rust and Frogs

Leeks, Rust and Frogs

The leeks were seeded way back in March and will continue to grow into November for their first harvest and then into January for their second harvest. One of the reasons we are holding them in the field so long is to see how they hold up to rust pressure.

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BC Seed Gathering – BC Seed Trials Tour at UBC Farm

BC Seed Gathering – BC Seed Trials Tour at UBC Farm

We are happy to open the 2017 BC Seed Gathering with a visit to UBC Farm to learn more about the BC Seed Trials. The BC Seed Trials project, now completing its second year, is a collaboration between the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, UBC Farm, and FarmFolk CityFolk. Through conducting vegetable

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Gleaning from the Variety Showcase

9 October 2017 Chris Thoreau One of my favourite trips of the past couple years has been my venture down to Portland to the Culinary Breeding Network’s Variety Showcase. Last week (sometimes it takes a while to get to these blog posts) I made it down for my second visit

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