Year: 2018

PRESS RELEASE: Helping B.C. vegetable seed farmers harvest new opportunities

PRESS RELEASE: Helping B.C. vegetable seed farmers harvest new opportunities

We’re happy to share this press release from the Ministry of Agriculture about the recent project funding for FarmFolk CityFolk’s Seed Security Program! —– The people involved in the first stage of growing fresh and healthy B.C. vegetables are getting some help to increase the amount of local food grown

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Tastings for Variety Trials: Carrot Tasting Highlight

Tastings for Variety Trials: Carrot Tasting Highlight

Tasting evaluations are an important part of variety trials. High yielding carrot varieties with great pest resistance are valuable to farmers yet less valuable if they won’t sell well due to poor taste. Taste can be very subjective and everyone has their own opinion on what tastes good. However, when

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Evolution of the Mobile Seed Cleaner

Evolution of the Mobile Seed Cleaner

Over the past few months we have been designing and sourcing materials for our mobile seed cleaner – a collection of mid-scale seed cleaning equipment for use by local seed growers and farmers. The design is based on an existing trailer at the Organic Farm School in Washington State. The

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Carrot Appetizer Recipe

Carrot Appetizer Recipe

Canape of Sweet & Spicy Carrot Red Lentil Hummus with Ginger & Carrot Slaw on a Cucumber Slice Yield: 60 Canapes Carrot Red Lentil Hummus Ingredients 200g Red Lentil 5g Garlic Pinch of Salt 170g Raw Carrot (weight before peeling), medium dice 0.5 tbsp Spicy Crushed Chilies 0.5 tsp Honey

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Beet Bite Recipe

Beet Bite Recipe

Beet Bite: Canape of Citrus Herbed Chevre and Pickled Golden Beets served on a Cucumber Slice with a Julienne Chioggia Garnish Recipe created by Carla Hick Yield: ~50 Servings, Prep Time 1 hour, Pickling Time: Overnight Ingredients 230g Golden Beets (1.5 Cups Chopped) 1Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar Pinch of Salt 3 Long

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Chocolate Beet Cake Recipe

Chocolate Beet Cake Recipe

Chocolate Beet Cake  Yield:  80 sample pieces/ 8 Large pieces of cake Ingredients 4 medium beets, trimmed, peeled, and cut into 2-inch chunks 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda Salt 2 large eggs 3/4 cup warm water 1/4

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Seeds of Knowledge Event was a Hit!

Seeds of Knowledge Event was a Hit!

On July 21st, 2018 FarmFolk CityFolk and the BC Seed Trials co-hosted Seeds of Knowledge – Beet Tasting and Research Showcase with The UBC Farm – Centre for Sustainable Food Systems. The event was very successful and busy. The tasting portion was inspired by the Beet Variety Trials.  Our tasting

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Carrot Pollination Time!

Carrot Pollination Time!

The carrots are now in full bloom! They were in fairly full bloom on July 7 before I (Chris) went away for two weeks and when I returned they were really in full bloom! On July 7 the fly pollinator population was still low so I spent a few days

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Preparing the Carrot Tent for the 2018 crop

Preparing the Carrot Tent for the 2018 crop

This year we have taken a bit of a different approach with setting up the isolation tent for the Carrot Seed Project by erecting the tent as late as possible before flowering. This is done in the hope that the carrot stalks will be strengthened by having more wind exposure

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Seed Diversity and the Community Seed Network

Seed Diversity and the Community Seed Network

At the end of May we celebrated the UN International Day for Biological Diversity! This day also marked the grand launch of the Community Seed Network which is an initiative of The Seed Savers Exchange, USC Canada and others that came together to create an online platform for resources and information on

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Mobile Seed Cleaning Research

Mobile Seed Cleaning Research

After seeing a great mobile seed cleaning trailer at the Organic Seed Growers Conference in 2016 I thought it would be great to have a similar set up in BC. Such a unit would be great to help growers scale up and process their seeds more efficiently. It would also

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Looking for Signs of Queen Anne’s Lace

Looking for Signs of Queen Anne’s Lace

For the 2017 carrot research project we planted two crops at UBC Farm – one plot inside the mesh enclosure and a “control” plot on the outside of the enclosure. There is not much of a presence of Queen Anne’s lace at UBC Farm and during the time of carrot

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Counting Seeds

Today I (Chris) did our last bit of seed packing for the BC Seed Trials at the KPU Seed Lab. It has been great to be able to use the seed counter at the lab this year to get more exact seed counts and speed up the packing process. For

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Carrot Steckling Planting

Carrot Steckling Planting

Yesterday I got my first set carrot stecklings planted at UBC Farm. I will plant two varieties there this year, side by side, one inside an enclosure and one outside. This is a great way to use enclosures to expand seed production capabilities. I will have to do some Queen

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