All posts by Chris Thoreau

Mentee Blog # 2 – Ashton Sweetnam

So far this season, seed saving has not come particularly naturally to our regular farming practices and systems, but it does generally feel like a great contribution our ability to farm in the holistic way that we aspire to. By taking seed saving into consideration, we pay greater attention to

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2 New Field Days

We’re happy to announce 2 new Field Days coming up! Growing and Processing Good Quality Seed with Mel Sylvestre at UBC Farm on September 5, 2015 (Sorry, already sold out! But add your name to the waitlist in case we get cancellations) Brassica Seed Production and Breeding with David Catzel

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Carrot Seed Production Field Day

Friday, September 18, 2015 5:00 – 7:00 Growing Opportunities Farm Community Co-op 13110 Doole Road, Ladysmith (25 minutes south of Nanaimo; 90 minutes north of Victoria) Free! But registration required… Register Here! ____________________________ Carrots are a common crop on BC farms due to their popularity at local farmers markets. While

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2015 Mentee Blog #1 – Mary Coll and Steve Unger

Four years ago, we moved with our two children from an urban life in Vancouver, where food grew in our yard and chickens roamed with the kids, to a farm on  southern Vancouver Island.  To ride the waves of peak oil, economic collapse and climate shift, and to live a

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Island Seed Grower Trip – Blog #1

13 July 2015 Today is my first of four days of travel on Vancouver Island to visit seed growers as part of the Bauta Initiative. This trip is a chance to talk to seed growers in person; see their farms; learn about their seed growing challenges and successes; and use

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Island Seed Trip – Blog #2

I started my first full day of travel with a visit to Lorelie Shoesmith at Sugar Shack Seeds. Lorelie is in her 5th year of running her small seed company and like many small business owners in their 5th she is questioning whether her business is viable or not. As

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2015 Mentee Blog #1 – Spray Creek Ranch

Our mentor is Mojave Kaplan who has a seed saving farm in Lytton.  She grows open-pollinated, heirloom and heritage vegetable, flower, and herb seeds for her project, the Planting Seeds Project.  She is also a seed-saving educator who travels around BC empowering gardeners and farmers to save their own seed. 

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2015 Mentee Blog #1: Sheila Dobie

Hello all .. My Mentor is Jon Alcock – from Sunshine Farms in Kelowna. This is a very unique kind of farm as it is a kind of social enterprise – providing employment for special needs adults on the farm. It is a family operation and integrates seeds and produce

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2015 Mentee Blog #1: Ashton Sweetnam

My seed mentor, Sue Moore, came out to visit a few days ago to discuss how a seed saving practice could be established on my one acre market garden. Sue has been farming for many, many years and is an accomplished market gardener, nursery guardian, seed saver, and so much

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2015 Mentee Blog #1 – Jim McComb

Hello All, My mentor is Jim Grieshaber-Otto. He has specialized in grains and small-scale grain-growing is also of special interest to me but I am completely lacking in experience in both the growing and seed saving of all types of grains. I first met Jim on May 27th,shortly after our

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2015 Mentee Blog #1 – Suzy Coulter

Hello folks, My seed saving mentor is David Catzel, who has been farming at Fraser Common Farm as part of the Glorious Organics Co-op in Aldergrove for 10 years, and today at my first farm visit there, I learned that, among other things, he’s also done a stint at Linnea

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2015 Mentee Blog #1 – Rachel Voth

Here is the first Mentee blog post for 2015, just a short intro from Rachel Voth My mentor is Mary Alice Johnson, located at ALM organic farm and Full Circle Seeds in Otter Point (just west of Sooke on southwest Vancouver Island). Full Circle Seeds saves many different seed varieties,

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Something new for retired teacher and an innovative nurturer

From Victoria Times Colonist – April 25, 2015 Print a label. Stick it on a brown envelope. Pop seeds inside. Seal. Repeat 10,000 times. It’s an annual ritual for Mary Alice Johnson, the 71-year-old owner of ALM Organic Farm and Full Circle Seeds in Sooke. The retired teacher packages 280

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Our Program

As part of the BC Seeds project FarmFolk CityFolk has organized workshops and conferences to bring together regional seed growers and to teach new farmers how to produce quality seed. We are also initiating research projects through out the province and recently partnered with Kwantlen Polytechnic University on the BC

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