We acknowledge the work we do in Vancouver takes place on the unceded and traditional homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil Waututh) Coast Salish peoples


Building capacity for organic vegetable seed production in British Columbia

Since 2006 FarmFolk CityFolk has been working closely with vegetable seed growers and seed companies across BC and is a regional partner for the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. We deliver workshops, field days, and conduct research with a long-term vision of a thriving ecological seed sector in BC that produces high-quality seed crops at a commercial scale.

We believe in collaboration and are working with a wide range of partners from farmers to educational institutions to advance the ecological, economic, and community aspects of seed production.

Collaborators include the University of British Columbia, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the University of the Fraser Valley, the BC Eco Seed Co-op and a network of farmers across BC and Canada.


The BC Seed Security Program is run by FarmFolk CityFolk

Vision: Sustainable food systems where people and planet thrive

Mission: We connect, empower, and inspire people to strengthen BC’s sustainable food systems.


What is a Sustainable Food System?

The term “food system” refers to all activities involved in producing, processing, distributing, consuming, and disposing of food.

A food system is sustainable when it enhances a community’s environmental, economic, and social well-being.



Strategic Objectives

  • To promote the conservation, expansion and commercialization of high-quality, regionally adapted, ecologically grown, Canadian seed;
  • To build deep-seated, ongoing collaboration within an ecological Canadian seed system.


The following details lay out some of the principles and ideas that guide our seed-focused programming at FarmFolk CityFolk:


General

  • We acknowledge the ongoing human impact on Earth’s ecosystems and climate and the need to mitigate human impact on the Earth
  • We support the development of food and agriculture systems that mitigate these impacts and work to regenerate the Earth

Food Systems and Agriculture

  • We support agriculture as a public good
  • We support sustainable seed systems as a crucial component of sustainable food systems
  • We support the continued development of organic production systems as being crucial for the long-term viability of food production
  • We reject the development of food production systems that are ecologically-damaging and socially unjust.

Economics

  • We acknowledge the contemporary nature of seed and food as commodities
  • We reject the premise that seed and food are primarily commodities
  • We support the development of farming businesses which consider seed and food as more than commodities
  • We support individuals and organizations in the production of seed and food to feed and nourish themselves

Community

  • We support working directly with farmers in research
  • We encourage on-farm engagement with farmers, researchers, academics, and the general public
  • We encourage collaborations with individuals, businesses, post-secondary institutions, and other organizations that support the ethical development of seed