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2014 B.C. Eco Seeds Survey Report
2014 B.C. Eco Seeds Survey Report
FarmFolk CityFolk

The 2014 BC Seed Producers Survey was developed and hosted by the BC Seeds Project, a project of FarmFolk CityFolk. Designed to inform the business plan of the B.C. Eco Seed Producers Co‐operative, a for profit co­‐operative for British Columbia (BC) certified organic and ecological seed producers, the goal of the survey was to research the production and use of BC-grown certified organic and ecological seeds, and to gauge producer (i.e., small-­scale commercial seed producers), interest in part...

2018 Canadian Vegetable Breeding Priorities Report
2018 Canadian Vegetable Breeding Priorities Report
UBC, USC Canada
05/12/2018

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 fo...

A Seed Saving Guide for Gardeners and Farmers
A Seed Saving Guide for Gardeners and Farmers
Organic Seed Alliance

OSA has condensed years of farming, gardening, plant breeding, and seed-saving wisdom into one manual to guide your seed growing. This manual provides the basics of how to grow seed, from choosing appropriate varieties for seed saving to harvesting, processing, and storing seed. The instructions assume that the reader has basic knowledge of vegetable growing.

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Alberni Valley Seedy Saturday
Char's Landing 4815 Argyle Street, Port Alberni, BC
Jen Fisher-Bradley
250.730.9413
wfwi@shaw.ca
An Enterprise Budget Tool for Seed Producers
An Enterprise Budget Tool for Seed Producers
Organic Seed Alliance

This seed enterprise budget tool was developed as a starting point to guide farmers who are interested in knowing the costs associated with producing individual seed crops on their farms. Enterprise budgets provide a snapshot of costs associated with a single crop for a single year and do not make predictions or forecasts for future years. However, they can be used to provide guidance for farmers who are considering investments in new equipment, training, or scale. Sensitivity analyses can be do...

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Ask an Expert: BC Seed Security
BC Organic Grower
Emma Holmes P.Ag
01/01/2019

The organic seed sector will be getting a boost through a comprehensive project that includes seed production, business, and market supports. FarmFolk CityFolk, which has been working to cultivate local, sustainable food systems since 1993, will be leading the project with funding provided from the Governments of Canada and B.C. through the Canadian Agriculture Partnership. The five year, $3 billion Canadian Agricultural Partnership launched on April 1, 2018, and includes $2 billion in cost-shar...

B.C. Researchers Focus on Vegetable Seeds
B.C. Researchers Focus on Vegetable Seeds
Western Producer
01/03/2018

The British Columbia Seed Trials project is working to assist the province’s vegetable seed business. Variety trials and other seed-related research is underway to help farmers identify crops and and varieties that have a strong potential for the seed industry in B.C., according to Alexandra Lyon, a postdoctoral fellow with the University of British Columbia. “The reason we want to get involved with supporting the vegetable seed industry here is to create opportunities in local agriculture becau...

BC Ministry of Agriculture New Entrant Strategy
BC Ministry of Agriculture
AgriService BC

New entrants to agriculture face significant barriers to entry. The rising cost of agriculture land and inputs makes it increasingly difficult to start-up a farm. From 2011 to 2016, the total number of B.C. producers fell from approximately 29,000 to 26,000 and the average age rose to 56 years. Despite these trends, the number of B.C. producers under the age of 35 increased by 205 to 1,825. New entrants, from diverse backgrounds, are entering the agricultural and agrifood sector across the provi...

BC Seed Security Program
BC Seed Security Program
The Islanders Grapevine
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 inc...

Bean and Soybean Promotion Research Report (2012)
Bean and Soybean Promotion Research Report (2012)
Krishna Sharma

Soybean (Glycine max L. Merrill) “star legume” is the most widely grown and used legume in the world. USA and Brazil dominate the production of grain type soybean while China and Taiwan dominate the production of vegetable type soybean popularly known as ‘Edamame’. Japan and USA are major importers of Edamame. Soybeans, in general, are rich in protein, carbohydrates, dietary fibre, omega -3 fatty acids and other nutrients. In addition Edamame contains more proteins, sucrose and abscisic acids th...

Beet Bite: Canape of Citrus Herbed Chevre and Pickled Golden Beets served on a Cucumber Slice with a Julienne Chioggia Garnish
Carla Hick

Yield: ~50 Servings Prep Time: 1 hour, Pickling Time: Overnight Ingredients 230g Golden Beets (1.5 Cups Chopped) 1Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar Pinch of Salt 3 Long English Cucumbers 2 Small Chioggia Beets Pickled Beet Brine 0.25 Cup Sugar 0.75 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar 0.5 tsp Mustard Seeds 0.25 tsp Black Peppercorns 2 tsp Turmeric 1 Sprig of  Thyme Pinch of Salt Herbed Chevre  2 Cloves Garlic, minced 2 Scallions, green and white separated, sliced thin 1 tsp Vegetable Oil 100g Chevre 1 Tbsp Heavy Crea...

Beet Seed Production: Quick Reference
Beet Seed Production: Quick Reference
Organic Seed Alliance

Beet seed production cheat sheet

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Beet Trials Target “Seed Sovereignty”
Beet Trials Target “Seed Sovereignty”
Country Life in BC
15/09/2017

While the curiosity and qualms of many visitors were audible around the kiosk where samples were being doled out, the diversity of opinion was exactly what co-ordinator Chris Thoreau wanted. The more people who participated in the taste test, the better the range of feedback he would have regarding consumer experience of the root vegetable that can be served pickled, roasted, chipped or – as unlikely as it sounds – in ice cream. “The tasting events are a great way for us to engage the public in...

Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener’s and Farmer’s Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving, 2nd Edition
Carol Deppe

All gardeners and farmers should be plant breeders, says author Carol Deppe. Developing new vegetable varieties doesn't require a specialized education, a lot of land, or even a lot of time. It can be done on any scale. It's enjoyable. It's deeply rewarding. You can get useful new varieties much faster than you might suppose. And you can eat your mistakes. Authoritative and easy-to-understand, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener's and Farmer's Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving...

Broccoli Seed Production: Quick Reference
Broccoli Seed Production: Quick Reference
Organic Seed Alliance

Broccoli seed production cheat sheet

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Building a Zig-Zag Seed Cleaner

While there are many high-end air-driven seed cleaning machines on the market, such machines can also be made at home or on farm using readily available materials – reducing the cost of this seed cleaning method significantly. One of the well-known designs for a homemade air separator is the zigzag seed cleaner, the building of which we will describe in detail here.

Campbell River Seedy Saturday
Campbell River Community Centre 401-11th Avenue, Campbell River, BC
250-286-5306
karen.chappell@campbellriver.ca
Canape of Sweet & Spicy Carrot Red Lentil Hummus with Ginger & Carrot Slaw on a Cucumber Slice
Carla Hick

Yield: 60 Canapes, Prep Time: 1 hour Carrot Red Lentil Hummus Ingredients 200g Red Lentil 5g Garlic Pinch of Salt 170g Raw Carrot (weight before peeling), medium dice 0.5 tbsp Spicy Crushed Chilies 0.5 tsp Honey 0.5 tsp Whole Cumin Seeds 0.5 tsp Salt 0.5 tsp Gr. Black Pepper 0.5 tbsp Tahini 0.5 lemon, juiced, no seeds 0.5 cup + 1 Tbsp Olive Oil Instructions  Preheat oven to 400F Toss carrots, cumin seeds, chili flakes, honey, 1tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl. Lay evenly on a baking tra...

Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture Webinar
Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture Webinar
Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture

This webinar provides an overview of Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture (CIOA) project results from the first three years, including advancements in breeding for nematode resistance and insights into the genetic component of a plant’s response to beneficial microbiota and implications for organic farming systems. This webinar is presented by CIOA project partners.

Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture Webinar
Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture Webinar

This webinar provides an overview of Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture (CIOA) project results from the first three years, including advancements in breeding for nematode resistance and insights into the genetic component of a plant’s response to beneficial microbiota and implications for organic farming systems. This webinar is presented by CIOA project partners.

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Carrot Seed Production: Quick Reference
Carrot Seed Production: Quick Reference
Organic Seed Alliance

Carrot seed production cheat sheet

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Carrot Seed Report Final 2014
Carrot Seed Report Final 2014
Jesse Howardson

The long-term objectives of this 4-year project are, broadly, to increase the viability of growing organic and ecologically grown carrot seed in high tunnel isolation structures. In addition to addressing the reality of cross-pollination with Queen Anne’s Lace, the outcomes generated by this research will also point to best practices in increasing the yield of regionally adapted seed through the potential of growing out multiple carrot varieties without cross-pollination.

Castlegar Seed Library
1005 3RD Street Castlegar, BC
V1N 2A2

Located at the Castlegar & District Public LIbrary

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Castlegar Seedy Saturday
Castlegar, BC
Cawston- Similkameen Seedy Saturday
2691 Upper Bench Road, Keremeos, BC
250-499-2888
, glowlemon@gmail.com | info@oldgristmill.ca
Cedar Cottage Seed Sharing Library
3360 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC
V5N 4M4

Located at the Trout Lake Community Centre

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Cherryville Seedy Sunday
Cherryville, BC
778-760-5887
cherryvilleseedswap@gmail.com
Chetwynd Seed Library 
5012 46 ST, Chetwynd, BC

Located at the Chetwynd Public Library

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250-788-2559
Chilliwack Seedy Saturday
7697 Lickman Road, Chilliwak, BC
hello@valleypermacultureguild.com
Chocolate Beet Cake
Carla Hick (adapted from Martha Stewart recipe)

 Yield:  80 sample pieces/ 8 Large pieces of cake The Cake Ingredients 4 medium beets, trimmed, peeled, and cut into 2-inch chunks 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda Salt 2 large eggs 3/4 cup warm water 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 pinches of nutmeg Vegetable oil cooking spray/ Coconut Oil/ Veg oil for pan greasing   Directions Cover beets with 2 inches water in a pot. Bring to a boil. Re...

Clearwater Seedy Saturday
Clearwater, BC
schoolcreekfarm@gmail.com
Climatic Considerations for Seed Crops: Guidelines and Field Trainings for Organic and Specialty Vegetable Seed Producers
Climatic Considerations for Seed Crops: Guidelines and Field Trainings for Organic and Specialty Vegetable Seed Producers
Organic Seed Alliance

This guide provides detailed climatic considerations for organic and specialty seed production in the Pacific Northwest. Topics include environmental influences on pollination and fertilization, and the influence of temperature, day length, frost-free days, precipitation, and wind. The guide also includes sections on environmental management, crop selection for seed production, and the history and geography of seed production in the region. Also available en espanol

Cobble Hill Seedy Saturday
Cobble Hill Community Hall, 3550 Watson Ave, Cobble Hill, BC
cobblehillseeds@gmail.com
Comox Valley Seedy Saturday
Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay, BC
cvseedsavers@gmail.com
Cous Cous & Kale Salad
Carla Hick

3 Parts Prep Time: 20 mins Chilling Time: 1 hour Cook Time: 10 mins Full Servings: 2 Side Servings: 4 Part 1: Cous Cous Ingredients: 2/3 Cup Cous Cous 1 Cup Chicken (or Vegetable) Stock 1 tsp Olive Oil 1 tsp salt Method: Bring wet ingredients and salt to boil. Add cous cous, remove from heat, cover with lid and let stand for 5 mins Remove lid, fluff with fork. Transfer to a container with high surface area. Cool uncovered in the fridge   Part 2: Kale Ingredients: 8 Ribs of Lacinato Kale – D...

Cowichan Valley Seedy Sunday
5574 River Road, Duncan, BC
jennifer@cowichangreencommunity.org
Creston Seedy Saturday
312- 19th Ave N, Creston, BC
dmseedbank@gmail.com
Crop Profile for Cabbage Seed in Washington
Washington State University

• Washington State supplies approximately 75% of the U.S. production and 25% of the world production of cabbage seed • 400−500 acres are grown annually in Washington State (350-400 acres of hybrid seed and 50-100 acres of open-pollinated seed) • Value of market seed sold to commercial growers is $22.4 million • Grower production costs are $3500/acre for hybrid seed and $1200/acre for open-pollinated cultivars

Crop-Specific Seed Saving Guide
Crop-Specific Seed Saving Guide
Seed Savers Exchange

Easy to read chart for seed saving information on popular seed crops.

Cucumber Seed Production: Quick Reference
Cucumber Seed Production: Quick Reference
Organic Seed Alliance

Cucumber seed production cheat sheet

Dan McMurray Community Seed Bank

Supported by the Creston Valley Food Action Coalition

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Dawson Creek Municipal Public Library
1001 McKellar Avenue Dawson Creek, BC. V1G 4W7
EastVan Seed Library

Operating in the East Vancouver Community

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Easy Crock-Pot Vegetable Stew with Kale
Carla Hick

Prep Time: 15 mins Cooking Time: 4 Hours Servings: 8 – 10   Ingredients: 398ml Can of Cannellini Beans 796 Can of Diced Tomatoes + Juice (Rinse can with ½ Cup of water to get all the flavour) 3 Cups Chicken (or vegetable) Stock ½ Cup Basmati Rice – Rinsed 1 Large Onion – Large Dice 8 Cloves Garlic – Chopped Fine 1 Medium Hot Chili – Minced (keep seeds for extra heat) 2 Large Carrots – 1” half Wheels    2 Bay Leaves 1 Tbsp Rosemary Leaves – Chopped Fine 2 tsp Oregano Leaves – Chopped Fine 2 tsp B...