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BC Seed Security Program

BC Seed Security Program
BC Seed Security Program
BC Seed Security Program
Author: The Islanders Grapevine
Date: 25/10/2018

I would like to bring your attention to the recent Ministry of Agriculture press release about vegetable seed program funding at FarmFolk CityFolk. FarmFolk CityFolk's Seed Security Program is focused around helping organic farmers scale up production of high-quality organic vegetable seed. We run a number of training and outreach programs and have developed a suite of tools to give organic farmers more information on integrating seed production into their farming operations. These resources include case studies on procuring seed contracts; seed enterprise budgets to better understand the economics of seed production; guidelines on quality assurance measures for seed production; and trialing of different vegetable varieties through the BC Seed Trials - our research and outreach collaboration with UBC Farm and organic vegetable farmers across BC to identify the best-performing varieties for BC farms. Local seed production is an important part of sustainable food systems and our program aims to increase the quantity, quality, and diversity of organic seed being grown in BC. Local seed production helps support the local farming economy; results in better-adapted crop varieties for BC farms; and reduces our reliance on imported seeds. BC has an optimal climate for the production of many types of vegetable seed crops and could be an important producer of organic vegetable seed to supply the continually growing organic farming sector in BC and across North America.