Seed growers in BC have identified lack of infrastructure as one of their barriers to scaling up seed production. The Mobile Seed Cleaner came to fruition to help address this infrastructure gap and act as an educational tool to promote seed production in BC. The design is based on a mobile seed cleaner built by the Organic Farm School on Whidbey Island in Washington State and was designed and fabricated over the winter of 2018-2019.
This document provides an overview of the Mobile Seed Cleaner, its components, and notes about design and fabrication. It is our hope that other communities across BC can use this information to develop similar tools for their local seed growers. While this model is based in a cargo trailer, the equipment could be used and housed in a building that could be made available for others to access - removing the cost of the trailer.
This project took place as part of the FarmFolk CityFolk BC Seed Security Program and the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security with funding from Vancity and the BC Ministry of Agriculture through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.