This report represents the first effort to document information about plant breeding priorities that was previously only available anecdotally. More extensive research with an effort to improve response rates would further substantiate the findings presented here. However, when viewed alongside regional approaches to priority setting for plant breeding, the survey results can provide a broader national context for participatory organic/ ecological vegetable breeding. We hope it will be useful for farmers, seed growers, and plant breeders who are interested in developing regional varieties that meet the needs of the organic/ ecological vegetable farming community in Canada and beyond.
For this survey, farmers across Canada were invited to participate through online invitations from national and regional farming organizations. Of seventy-one farmers who responded, all were either certified organic, used ecological farming principles, and/or used integrated pest management. The majority of respondents had acres or less of vegetables in production. Most respondents grew vegetables for commercial sale, and many grew seed for commercial sale and/or on-farm use.