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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 zig-zag seed cleaner, the building of which we describe in detail here.

Mobile Seed Cleaning Trailer with Clipper AGM 224

The highlight of the Seed Equipment Library is the complete Mobile Seed Cleaning Unit with a Clipper AGM 224 Fanning Mill. The mobile unit offers a range of seed cleaning options to meet most needs. Here is an overview of what is included with the trailer.   Cargo Trailer The trailer itself is a 7' x 12' cargo trailer with a 2" hitch ball. There is sufficient room to work inside the trailer, while many of the components can be removed and used on their own. The floor is solid vinyl which ma...

North Shore Seedy Saturday
Email: admin@ediblegardenproject.com
Shuswap Seedy Saturday
Address: Splatsin Centre, 5767 Old Vernon Rd, Enderby, BC
Email: shuswapseedsavers@hotmail.com
Similkameen Seedy Saturday
Address: 2691 Upper Bench Road, Keremeos, BC
Phone: 250-499-2888
Email: glowlemon@gmail.com | info@oldgristmill.ca
Sointula Seedy Saturday
Address: Sointula, BC
Email: sointulainfo@gmail.com
Penticton Seedy Saturday
Address: 583 Duncan Avenue West, Penticton, BC
Phone: 250-460-0177
Email: ediblepenticton@gmail.com
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The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer’s Guide to Vegetable Seed Production
Author: John Navazio

The Organic Seed Grower is a comprehensive manual for the serious vegetable grower who is interested in growing high-quality seeds using organic farming practices. It is written for both serious home seed savers and diversified small-scale farmers who want to learn the necessary steps involved in successfully producing a commercial seed crop organically. Detailed profiles for each of the major vegetables provide users with practical, in-depth knowledge about growing, harvesting, and processing s...

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Small-Scale Organic Seed Production
Author: Patrick Steiner

This is not a “How To Grow Seeds” manual. Such information already exists and still more is being produced. A resource list at the end of this book details some readily accessible print and on-line resources about the how-to of seedgrowing. Beyond the mechanics of growing and harvesting seeds however, there are other considerations for the farmer seeking to incorporate seedgrowing into their farming systems. The strength of this book lies in the first-hand experiences of a number of growers who...

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UBC Farm
Address: 3461 Ross Drive, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm (CSFS) is a unique research centre and local to global Food Hub working towards a more sustainable, food secure future. Our living laboratory is committed to finding solutions to local and global challenges facing food systems sustainability. Through our Vision, Mission, and Guiding Principles, the CSFS models new paradigms for sustainable communities. The UBC Farm is a 24-ha teaching and learning space, and integrated production farm located o...

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

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Saanich Seedy Saturday
Email: info@haliburtonfarm.org
Kamloops Seedy Saturday
Address: OLPH Parish Center, 635 Tranquille Road, Kamloops, BC
Email: info@ssolgardens.com
Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday
Address: Qalicum Beach Civic Centre, 747 Jones Street
Email: publicity@qbseedysaturday.ca
Salt Spring Island Seedy Saturday
Email: ssiseedysaturday@gmail.com
Creston Seedy Saturday
Address: 312- 19th Ave N, Creston, BC
Email: dmseedbank@gmail.com
Victoria Seedy Saturday
Address: Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street, Victoria BC
Email: info@victoriaseedysaturday.ca
Ladner Seedy Saturday
Address: All Saints Anglican Church, 4755 Arthur Drive, Delta, BC
Email: sharonhagel@gmail.com
Prince George Seedy Saturday
Phone: 250-564-3859
Email: jovanka@netbistro.com
Vancouver Seedy Saturday
Address: VanDusen Botanical Gardens 5251 Oak St., Vancouver
Email: NTL234@telus.net
Sooke Seedy Saturday
Address: Sooke Community Hall, 2037 Shields Road, Sooke BC
Email: info@sookefoodchi.ca
Kaslo Seedy Saturday
Address: 500 4th Street, Kaslo, BC
Phone: 250.353.2026
Comox Valley Seedy Saturday
Address: Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay, BC
Email: cvseedsavers@gmail.com
Richmond Seedy Saturday
Address: Thompson Community Centre, 5151 Granville Ave, Richmond, BC
Phone: 604-244-7377
Email: coordinator@richmondfoodsecurity.org
Mayne Island Seedy Saturday
Address: Mayne Island Agricultural Hall, 430 Fernhill Road, Mayne Island, BC
Email: mayneagsociety@gmail.com
Naramata Seedy Saturday
Address: 455 Ellis Street, Naramata, BC
Sorrento Seedy Saturday
Address: 2510 Blind Bay Road, Sorrento, BC
Phone: 250-253-1414
Tofino Seedy Saturday
Address: Tofino Botanical Gardens, Tofino, BC
Email: tofinolocalfood@gmail.com
Lillooet Seedy Saturday
Address: Lillooet & District REC Centre, 930 Main St, Lillooet
Phone: 778-776-1649
Email: lillooetfoodmatters@gmail.com
Lasqueti Seedy Saturday
Address: Lasqueti, BC
Fernie Seedy Saturday
Address: Fernie, BC
Email: garden.fernie@gmail.com
Castlegar Seedy Saturday
Address: Castlegar, BC
Roberts Creek Seedy Saturday
Address: Roberts Creek, BC
Nanaimo Seedy Saturday
Address: 355 Wakesiah Avenue, Nanaimo, BC
Phone: 250-618-6323
Email: jelda1@hotmail.com
Squamish Seedy Sunday
Address: Brennan Park Recreation Centre, 1009 Centennial Way, Squamish, BC
Email: michalinahunter@gmail.com
Cobble Hill Seedy Saturday
Address: Cobble Hill Community Hall, 3550 Watson Ave, Cobble Hill, BC
Email: cobblehillseeds@gmail.com
Langley Seedy Saturday
Address: KPU Langley, 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley, BC
Email: agriculture@leps.bc.ca
Chilliwack Seedy Saturday
Address: 7697 Lickman Road, Chilliwak, BC
Email: hello@valleypermacultureguild.com
Golden Seedy Saturday
Address: Golden, BC
Email: lfmgolden@gmail.com
Kimberley Seedy Saturday
Address: Kimberley Public Library, 115 Spokane Street, Kimberley, BC
Email: info@wildsight.ca
Kelowna Seedy Sunday
Address: Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna, BC
Email: kelownaseedysunday@gmail.com
Powell River Seedy Saturday
Address: Powell River Recreation Complex 5001 Joyce Ave, Powell River, BC
Email: gmofreeseed@gmail.com
Vernon Seedy Saturday
Address: Greater Vernon Recreation, 3310 37th Ave, Vernon, BC
Email: idiggoodfood@gmail.com
Quadra Island Seedy Saturday
Address: Quadra Island, BC
Cowichan Valley Seedy Sunday
Address: 5574 River Road, Duncan, BC
Email: jennifer@cowichangreencommunity.org
Lumby Seedy Sunday
Address: Lumby, BC
Phone: 778-760-5887
Email: lumbyseedswap@gmail.com
Campbell River Seedy Saturday
Address: Campbell River Community Centre 401-11th Avenue, Campbell River, BC
Phone: 250-286-5306
Email: karen.chappell@campbellriver.ca
Summerland Seedy Saturday
Address: Summerland Ornamental Gardens 4200 BC-97, Summerland, BC
Phone: 250-460-0177
Email: laburnham@shaw.ca
Pemberton Seedy Saturday
Address: Pemberton, BC
Clearwater Seedy Saturday
Address: Clearwater, BC
Email: schoolcreekfarm@gmail.com
Surrey Seedy Saturday
Address: Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey, BC
Email: stewartfarm@surrey.ca
Maple Ridge Seedy Saturday
Address: 22517 - 121st Avenue, Maple Ridge, BC
Phone: 604-837-8915
Email: gardenccord@gmail.com
Peachland Seedy Sunday
Address: Peachland, BC
Email: laburnham@shaw.ca
Cherryville Seedy Sunday
Address: Cherryville, BC
Phone: 778-760-5887
Email: cherryvilleseedswap@gmail.com
Mission City Seedy Saturday
Address: 7650 Grand Street, Mission, BC
Phone: 604-302-5561
Email: manager@missioncityfarmersmarket.com
Williams Lake Seedy Saturday
Address: Williams Lake, BC
Phone: 250-302-3236
Email: foodpolicycouncil@hotmail.com
Edgewood Seedy Sunday
Address: Edgewood, BC
Email: monasheennaturalliving@gmail.com
One Level at a Time: Transitioning to Organic Vegetable Production
Author: Dr. Jeremy L. Caradonna

A guide for vegetable producers farming one acre or hundreds of acres, One Level at a Time combines the latest science-based research with real-world stories from farmers to illuminate the challenges and benefits of organic transition. Full of practical information about organic standards, ecological and agricultural principles (agro-ecology) and marketing to set you on your path to successful organic production.

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Eternal Seed
Address: 2309 Zilinsky RoadPowell River, BC
V8A 0N8

15 years experience in growing organically for seed, herbs and vegetables. Eternal Seed is a company that grew out of a personal, family interest in heirloom varieties. The hybrid  varieties offered today have been bred for ‘shipability‘.  Not an attractive criteria when no more than 100 feet separates our garden from our kitchen. We are interested in flavours, textures and aroma and we wanted to be able to sow the seed from our produce to grow next year‘s garden. We also have a concern for the...

Phone: 604-487-1304
Good Earth Farms
Address: 7636 Island Hwy.Black Creek. B.C.
V9J 1G6

Saving Seed has been the main focus of what we do from the start, although we do other things as well. We take a lot of pride in the quality of what we grow, in being truly sustainable, and supplying our local community. Our emphasis is on older varieties that have amazing flavour. We are trying to preserve a simple, age old way of life that has sustained people all over the world for ages.

Phone: 250-337-2261
Refractometer

Refractometer for brix measurements

Organic Seed Alliance Variety Trials

A variety trial is an effective tool for assessing a range of varieties within a given crop to find a suitable variety for your farming system or to identify varieties with characteristics you are looking for in that crop. Variety trials are best performed over multiple seasons to better identify environmental factors in performance, “Every season is different, and it is important to make sure that a new variety holds up under the range of environmental conditions your farm experiences.” (Organi...

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Organic Seed Alliance Webinar Listings

See full listings of webinars

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Variety Trial Listings

Full listings of Organic Seed Alliance's Variety Trials

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How-To Guides
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

Organic Seed Alliance's How-To Guides

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Organic Seed Alliance Event Publications
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

See full listings of event proceedings and webinars from the Organic Seed Growers Conference

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Canape of Sweet & Spicy Carrot Red Lentil Hummus with Ginger & Carrot Slaw on a Cucumber Slice
Author: 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...

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

Chocolate Beet Cake
Author: 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...

Alberni Valley Seedy Saturday
Address: Char's Landing 4815 Argyle Street, Port Alberni, BC
Author: Jen Fisher-Bradley
Phone: 250.730.9413
Email: wfwi@shaw.ca
UBC Farm Beet Tasting
Date: 09/07/2016

CBC TV News Vancouver (at 7:15 in video)

Tuscan Kale Frittata
Author: Carla Hick

Prep Time: 20 mins Cooking Time: 20 mins Servings: 6 Ingredients: 6 Ribs of Lacinato Kale – Rib removed and leaves thinly sliced 2 Small White Onions – Diced small 2 Small Red Potatoes (~ 1 cup) – Cut in half lengthways and then sliced widthways paper-thin – Store in water if more than 10 mins away from cooking 6 Cloves Garlic – Minced ½ Cup Grape Tomatoes – Halved 10 Small Eggs – Whisked 2 Tbsp 35% Cream 1 tsp Rosemary Leaves - Finely chopped 1 Tbsp Butter 2 Tbsp Olive Oil – (½ tsp for potatoes...

Easy Crock-Pot Vegetable Stew with Kale
Author: 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...

Cous Cous & Kale Salad
Author: 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...

South Saanich Seed Bank & Exchange
Address: 260 – 4243 Glanford Ave, Victoria, BC
V8Z 4B9
Author: Lana Popham, MLA, BC Minister of Agriculture

Located at the South Saanich Community Office

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Phone: 250 479 4154
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Castlegar Seed Library
Address: 1005 3RD Street Castlegar, BC
V1N 2A2

Located at the Castlegar & District Public LIbrary

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Chetwynd Seed Library 
Address: 5012 46 ST, Chetwynd, BC

Located at the Chetwynd Public Library

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Phone: 250-788-2559
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Dan McMurray Community Seed Bank

Supported by the Creston Valley Food Action Coalition

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Hudsons Hope Seed Library 
Address: 9905 Dudley Drive Hudson's Hope, BC
V0C 1V0

Located at the Hudsons Hope Public Library

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Kalamalka Seed Library
Address: 7000 College Way, Coldstream, BC
V1B 2N5

Located in the Okanagan College Library - Vernon Campus

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Phone: 250-545-7291
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Kamploops Seed Library 

An initiative of the Kamloops Food Policy Council. Seed library also offers seed cleaning equipment to use.

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Kwantlen Polytechnique Seed Library
Address: 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley, BC
V3A 8G9

Located at KPU, Langley Campus Library

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Phone: 604-599-3235
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Lillooet Seed Library

Operated by Lillooet Food Matters. For more information about how to access the winnower or any conversations you'd like to have about seed saving please contact Eleanor Wright at eleanor.ronaele@gmail.com

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North Vancouver Seed Library
Address: 120 14th Street West, North Vancouver, BC
V7M 1N9

Located at the North Vancouver City Library

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Pemberton Seed Library
Address: 7390 Cottonwood Street, Pemberton, BC
V0N 2L1

Located at the Pemberton and District Public Library and Operated by Stewardship Pemberton Society

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Phone: 604-894-6916
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Richmond Seed Library 
Address: 7611 Ash St. Richmond, BC
V6Y 2S2

Hosted by Richmond Food Security Society.

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Phone: 604-244-7377
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The Radicle Seed Library
Address: 129 McPhillips Ave, Salt Spring Island, BC
V8K 2T6

Located at the Salt Spring Island Public Library

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Phone: (250) 537-4666
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Squamish Seed Library
Address: 37907 2 Ave, Squamish, BC
V8B 0A7

Located at the Squamish Public Library

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Summerland Seed Library
Address: 9533 Main Street Summerland, BC
V0H 1Z01

Located at the Summerland Public Library

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Phone: (250) 494-559
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Robert’s Creek Seed Library
Address: 1044 Roberts Creek Rd, Roberts Creek, BC
V0N 2W0

Located at the Robert's Creek Community Library. Managed by the Sunshine Coast Seed Saving Collective.

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Phone: (604) 885-9401
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Sechelt Seed Library
Address: 5797 Cowrie St, Sechelt, BC
V0N 3A0

Located at the Sechelt Public Library. Managed by the Sunshine Coast Seed Saving Collective.

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Phone: (604) 885-3260
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Surrey Seed Library
Address: 12854 17 Ave, Surrey, BC
V4A 1T5

Located at The Ocean Park Library

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Phone: 604-502-6449
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Vancouver Communities Seed Libraries

Check listings for many seed libraries around Vancouver.

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Grandview Woodland Community Seed Library

You can sign up at the seed library when you check out seeds for the first time during one of the seed library events or when we have a booth at community events. To find out about upcoming events, sign up for the newsletter!

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Little Seed Library

A "Little Seed Library" is a portable box containing seeds. It can be displayed at various events to share seeds for free and to encourage gardening. Make your own "Little Seed Library"! Pick a box, Gather the seeds, Display at events, Share!

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EastVan Seed Library

Operating in the East Vancouver Community

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Cedar Cottage Seed Sharing Library
Address: 3360 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC
V5N 4M4

Located at the Trout Lake Community Centre

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UBC Seed Lending Library
Address: 1961 East Mall Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z1

Located in the Woodward and Education Libraries at UBC, Vancouver Campus

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Victoria Seed Library

Located at Greater Victoria Public Library Branches. To participate in the Seed Library, please attend a member orientation session and become a member. Membership is free and includes access to seeds, classes and other resources.

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Phone: 250-940-4875
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Dawson Creek Municipal Public Library
Address: 1001 McKellar Avenue Dawson Creek, BC. V1G 4W7
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Exploring Certified Organic Seed Production in British Columbia (2007)
Exploring Certified Organic Seed Production in British Columbia
Author: Chris Wells

In order to promote seed security awareness successfully, we found it crucial that we have information about what BC organic farmers are already doing to ensure their own seed security. Thus, this survey was created to gather important information from farmers. We hope that by utilizing the results of this survey, as well as continuing talks with organic farmers, that we can develop a plan to decrease reliance on larger seed companies and increase reliance on each other for sourcing quality seed...

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2014 B.C. Eco Seeds Survey Report
2014 B.C. Eco Seeds Survey Report
Author: 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...

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2018 Canadian Vegetable Breeding Priorities Report
2018 Canadian Vegetable Breeding Priorities Report
Author: UBC, USC Canada
Date: 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...

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A Seed Saving Guide for Gardeners and Farmers
A Seed Saving Guide for Gardeners and Farmers
Author: 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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An Enterprise Budget Tool for Seed Producers
An Enterprise Budget Tool for Seed Producers
Author: 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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B.C. Researchers Focus on Vegetable Seeds
B.C. Researchers Focus on Vegetable Seeds
Author: Western Producer
Date: 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...

New Co-op Invests Only in Local Food Producers and Distributors
BC Almanac - CBC Radio
Date: 17/11/2015

BC Almanac discussion on food security featuring Chris Thoreau

BC Ministry of Agriculture New Entrant Strategy
BC Ministry of Agriculture
Author: 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...

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Ask an Expert: BC Seed Security
BC Organic Grower
Author: Emma Holmes P.Ag
Date: 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...

Local Seeds for Local Food
BC Organic Grower - Winter 2019 (Volume 22, Issue 1)
Author: Michael Marrapese
Date: 05/01/2019

Agriculture as we define it today has existed for roughly 12,000 years. Though the practices have been refined over millennia, modern farmers would still recognize the intent and the activity as ‘farming.’ We can find examples of plants we recognize as cereal grains, peas, barley, wheat, rice, and squash dating back 10,000 years. What makes this possible is that all these food plants produce seed.

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 inc...

Bean and Soybean Promotion Research Report (2012)
Bean and Soybean Promotion Research Report (2012)
Author: 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...

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

Beet seed production cheat sheet

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Beet Trials Target “Seed Sovereignty”
Beet Trials Target “Seed Sovereignty”
Author: Country Life in BC
Date: 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...

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

Broccoli seed production cheat sheet

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Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture Webinar
Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture Webinar
Author: 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
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

Carrot seed production cheat sheet

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Carrot Seed Report Final 2014
Carrot Seed Report Final 2014
Author: 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.

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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
Author: 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

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

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

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

Cucumber seed production cheat sheet

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Farm Trials Underway to Establish Commercial Seed Industry in B.C.
Farm Trials Underway to Establish Commercial Seed Industry in B.C.
Author: Vancouver Sun
Date: 11/04/2016

A series of seed crop trials are getting underway at locations in southwestern B.C. with the aim of reducing local farmers’ extreme reliance on imported vegetable seed. While B.C. produces vegetable crops worth almost $3 billion, almost all the seed is imported, which leaves us vulnerable to seed crop failures abroad and reliant on strains of plants not bred to thrive in local growing conditions, said Alexandra Lyon, lead researcher for the three­ year B.C. Seed Security program, based at the Ce...

Garlic White Rot
Garlic White Rot

This summary is based on a talk by Professor Fred Crowe from Oregon State University. The transcript can be viewed here. The original sound recording is here.

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Harvest and Handling Seed Record
Harvest and Handling Seed Record
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

Use this record sheet to track annual seed harvesting and handling details, including weight, damage, harvest dates, seed sources, cleaning methods, storage conditions, and germination details.

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Heavenly Roots Folks Part of Seedy Saturday Fervour
Heavenly Roots Folks Part of Seedy Saturday Fervour
Author: Gulf Islands Driftwood
Date: 07/02/2018

As soon as days begin to get longer and the winter cold starts to fade, gardeners, like the over-wintering plants, get restless. Leafing through seed catalogues and flipping through seed racks is an annual rite of passage. This time of year gardeners and small farmers alike look forward to Seedy Saturday. Seedy Saturday serves as a re-opening of the gardening season on Salt Spring Island and a way for farmers and gardeners to reconnect after a winter’s rest. This year the event features a seed s...

Helping B.C. Vegetable Seed Farmers Harvest New Opportunities
Helping B.C. Vegetable Seed Farmers Harvest New Opportunities
Author: BC Ministry of Agriculture
Date: 02/10/2018

The people involved in the first stage of growing fresh and healthy B.C. vegetables are getting some help to increase the amount of local food grown in their communities. British Columbia’s seed farmers will be able to expand their businesses through a comprehensive project that includes help in growing, processing, managing and marketing their products. The not-for-profit organization, FarmFolk CityFolk, is leading a project to increase both the production capacity and customer base of seed far...

How to Breed Carrots for Organic Agriculture
How to Breed Carrots for Organic Agriculture
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

This manual teaches farmers how to breed carrots for organic production systems, including step-by-step instruction for developing breeding goals, identifying breeding material, performing breeding methods, and maintaining a new variety for quality and uniformity.

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How to Breed Sweet Corn for Organic Agriculture
How to Breed Sweet Corn for Organic Agriculture
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

This manual teaches farmers how to breed sweet corn for organic production systems, including step-by-step instruction for developing breeding goals, identifying breeding material, performing breeding methods, and maintaining a new variety for quality and uniformity.

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How to Breed Tomatoes for Organic Agriculture
How to Breed Tomatoes for Organic Agriculture

This manual teaches farmers how to breed tomatoes for organic production systems, including step-by-step instruction for developing breeding goals, identifying breeding material, performing breeding methods, and maintaining a new variety for quality and uniformity.

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How to Grow a Seed Collective: A Community Template for Seed Saving
How to Grow a Seed Collective: A Community Template for Seed Saving
Author: Robin Wheeler

"The growing power of seed multinationals (with their worrisome use of Genetically Modified products and seed patenting), coupled with greater international financial distress has made community seed saving more important than ever. Readily accessible, locally appropriate supplies of varied seed are important to communities and will be even more so in the near future. Hopefully, instead of being held for an emergency, these seed collections will become a vital part of ongoing community life. Man...

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Introduction to On-farm Organic Plant Breeding
Introduction to On-farm Organic Plant Breeding
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

This manual provides an overview of on-farm organic plant breeding methods, including an overview of basic genetics, farm-based experimental design, and appropriate breeding techniques for organic farms, among other useful background and instruction.

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Kale Seed Production: Quick Reference
Kale Seed Production: Quick Reference
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

Kale seed production cheat sheet

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Labor Tracking Tool for Seed Producers
Labor Tracking Tool for Seed Producers
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

Tracking on-farm labor can be confusing or overwhelming, but it is also extremely important for growers trying to get a handle on what their operator costs are, or produce enterprise budgets. The forms in this tool are designed as a guide that offers different method for tracking. Three different forms are included in the Labor Tracking Tool for Seed Producers. Each operation (or operator) might prefer a different type of form or a modified version of one of the forms. The first form is designed...

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Labor Tracking Tool for Seed Producers
Labor Tracking Tool for Seed Producers

Tracking on-farm labor can be confusing or overwhelming, but it is also extremely important for growers trying to get a handle on what their operator costs are, or produce enterprise budgets. The forms in this tool are designed as a guide that offers different method for tracking. Three different forms are included in the Labor Tracking Tool for Seed Producers. Each operation (or operator) might prefer a different type of form or a modified version of one of the forms. The first form is designed...

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Lettuce and Brassica Seed Production
Lettuce and Brassica Seed Production
Author: Patrick Steiner

These notes are a record of some of the information shared at Gathering Together Farm, where the field day focused on seed production by Frank Morton, a specialty lettuce and brassica seed producer, and farmer-breeder.

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Montana Organic Seed Assessment: Vegetables
Montana Organic Seed Assessment: Vegetables
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

The report includes findings from a statewide survey conducted in 2016 on organic vegetable production in Montana. The survey captured challenges growers face in sourcing organic seed and asked them to identify vegetable crops in need of improvement, including desirable traits.

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Onion Seed Production: Quick Reference
Onion Seed Production: Quick Reference
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

Onion seed production cheat sheet

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Organic Edamame Report 2016
Organic Edamame Report 2016
Author: Krishna P. Sharma

This is a summarizing document to provide a verification support to the edamame (Glycine max (L.) Merr L.) study reported from 2009 – 2015 as an effort to help meet the mission of The Sharing Farm and Richmond Food Security Society. The 2016 study was designed using (a) segregating populations of spontaneous mutations identified and developed at The Sharing Farm, (b) varieties tested for adaptation at Richmond agro-climate, and (c) appropriate technology for local seed production. Studies were p...

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Organic Seed Alliance Webinars
Organic Seed Alliance Webinars
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

Full Listings of OSA Webinars

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Organic Seed Alliance Worksheets & Record-Keeping
Organic Seed Alliance Worksheets & Record-Keeping
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

Full Listing of OSA Work and Record Sheets

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Organic Seed Production Tutorials
Organic Seed Production Tutorials
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

These online tutorials teach professional techniques for organic seed production of brassicas, carrots, lettuce, onions, beets and chard, and wet-seeded crops. The tutorials also cover climatic considerations and the topics of seed disease and quality.

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Organic Seed Production Webinar #1: Introduction
Organic Seed Production Webinar #1: Introduction
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

This is the first of a six-webinar series on organic seed production providing training for seed growers and their interns throughout the 2016 growing season. This first webinar is an introduction to the series.

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Organic Seed Production Webinar #2: Trials and Selection
Organic Seed Production Webinar #2: Trials and Selection
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

This is the second of a six-webinar series on organic seed production providing training for seed growers and their interns throughout the 2016 growing season. This second webinar focuses on trials and selection.

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Organic Seed Production Webinar #3: Diseases and Pests
Organic Seed Production Webinar #3: Diseases and Pests
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

This is the third of a six-webinar series on organic seed production providing training for seed growers and their interns throughout the 2016 growing season. This third webinar focuses on diseases and pests.

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Organic Seed Production Webinar #4: Seed Quality, Harvesting Techniques and Equipment
Organic Seed Production Webinar #4: Seed Quality, Harvesting Techniques and Equipment
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

This is the fourth of a six-webinar series on organic seed production providing training for seed growers and their interns throughout the 2016 growing season. This fourth webinar focuses on seed quality, harvesting techniques and equipment.

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Organic Seed Production Webinar #5: Cleaning and Record Keeping
Organic Seed Production Webinar #5: Cleaning and Record Keeping
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

This is the fifth of a six-webinar series on organic seed production providing training for seed growers and their interns throughout the 2016 growing season. This fifth webinar focuses on cleaning and record keeping.

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Organic Seed Production Webinar #6: Seed Contracting and Economics
Organic Seed Production Webinar #6: Seed Contracting and Economics
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

This is the final webinar in a six-part series on organic seed production that provides training for seed growers and their interns throughout the 2016 growing season. This sixth webinar focuses on seed economics and contracting.

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Organic Seed Resource Guide
Organic Seed Resource Guide
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

This guide is intended for producers and agricultural professionals seeking information about organic seed production. Most of the resources are focused in the western region of the United States (OR, WA, ID, and CA) but much of the information is applicable to all climatic regions. Each section of the guide includes a brief introduction followed by a list of available online and print resources and references.

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Organic Seed Resource Guide
Organic Seed Resource Guide

This guide is intended for producers and agricultural professionals seeking information about organic seed production. Most of the resources are focused in the western region of the United States (OR, WA, ID, and CA) but much of the information is applicable to all climatic regions. Each section of the guide includes a brief introduction followed by a list of available online and print resources and references.

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Pacific Northwest Organic Plant Breeding Assessment of Needs
Pacific Northwest Organic Plant Breeding Assessment of Needs
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

This report analyzes input from targeted stakeholders — farmers, plant breeders, seed companies, food industry, and others — throughout the Pacific Northwest on regional priorities for organic plant breeding. The report provides an overview of priority traits by crop, organic breeding priorities that address broad production challenges within sub-regions of the Pacific Northwest, and opportunities for future research, education, development efforts, and potential collaborations to address the ne...

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Participatory Plant Breeding Toolkit
Participatory Plant Breeding Toolkit
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

Participatory Plant Breeding (PPB) is a highly effective on-farm breeding method that involves a close collaboration between farmers and researchers. The approach provides farmers an opportunity to adapt crop varieties to their specific regions and organic farming practices. This toolkit includes a background on the theory and practice of PPB, case studies of successful projects, and worksheets to facilitate project planning and execution.

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Pollinator Management for Organic Seed Producers
Pollinator Management for Organic Seed Producers
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

This new publication aids organic seed producers in understanding the role and diversity of seed crop pollinators, as well as strategies for reducing pollen movement between organic and non-organic farms. Profiles of common pollinators, strategies for managing pollination, and guidelines for specific crops are all included.

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Principles and Practices of Organic Bean Seed Production in the Pacific Northwest
Principles and Practices of Organic Bean Seed Production in the Pacific Northwest
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

This guide includes the basic instruction need for on-farm organic bean seed production. Topics include understanding basic bean seed biology, climatic and soil fertility requirements, planting and cultivation, flowering and pollination, isolation requirements, genetic maintenance and improvement, harvesting, and common diseases.

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Principles and Practices of Organic Beet Seed Production in the Pacific Northwest
Principles and Practices of Organic Beet Seed Production in the Pacific Northwest
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

This guide includes basic instruction for on-farm organic beet seed production. Topics include understanding basic beet seed biology, climatic requirements, soil fertility requirements, planting and cultivation, flowering and pollination, isolation requirements, genetic maintenance and improvement, harvesting, and common diseases.

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Principles and Practices of Organic Carrot Seed Production in the Pacific Northwest
Principles and Practices of Organic Carrot Seed Production in the Pacific Northwest
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

This guide includes basic instruction needed for on-farm organic carrot seed production. Topics include basic carrot seed biology, climatic requirements, soil fertility requirements, planting and cultivation, flowering and pollination, isolation requirements, genetic maintenance and improvement, harvesting, and common diseases.

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Principles and Practices of Organic Lettuce Seed Production in the Pacific Northwest
Principles and Practices of Organic Lettuce Seed Production in the Pacific Northwest

This guide includes basic instructions needed for on-farm organic lettuce seed production. Topics include basic lettuce seed biology, climatic requirements, soil fertility requirements, planting and cultivation, flowering and pollination, isolation requirements, genetic maintenance and improvement, harvesting, and common diseases.

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Principles and Practices of Organic Lettuce Seed Production in the Pacific Northwest
Principles and Practices of Organic Lettuce Seed Production in the Pacific Northwest
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

This guide includes basic instructions needed for on-farm organic lettuce seed production. Topics include basic lettuce seed biology, climatic requirements, soil fertility requirements, planting and cultivation, flowering and pollination, isolation requirements, genetic maintenance and improvement, harvesting, and common diseases.

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Principles and Practices of Organic Radish Seed Production in the Pacific Northwest
Principles and Practices of Organic Radish Seed Production in the Pacific Northwest
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

This guide includes basic instructions needed for on-farm organic radish seed production. Topics include basic radish seed biology, climatic requirements, soil fertility requirements, planting and cultivation, flowering and pollination, isolation requirements, genetic maintenance and improvement, harvesting, and common diseases.

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Principles and Practices of Organic Spinach Seed Production in the Pacific Northwest
Principles and Practices of Organic Spinach Seed Production in the Pacific Northwest

This guide includes basic instructions needed for on-farm organic spinach seed production. Topics include basic spinach seed biology, climatic requirements, soil fertility requirements, planting and cultivation, flowering and pollination, isolation requirements, genetic maintenance and improvement, harvesting, and common diseases.

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Production Planning Tool for Seed Producers
Production Planning Tool for Seed Producers
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

Common questions around foundation, stock, and production seed are: How much foundation seed do I need to ensure I have enough stock seed? How much stock seed should I produce every third year for my production seed? The Production Planning Tool for Seed Producers is a simple excel sheet that helps guide decision making around how much and how often to produce foundation, stock, and production seed based on your operation, desired inventory, longevity of the seed, and estimated yield. A blank te...

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Report of Seed Saving Study on Edamame 2015
Report of Seed Saving Study on Edamame 2015
Author: Krishna P. Sharma

Vegetable soybean (Glycine max Merr L.) popularly known as Edamame, is a crop with rising popularity in the western world. Its rich nutritive value and health benefits have created increasing market demand among health conscious consumers. Though this crop is generally adapted to Asian countries, its cultivation is slowly expanding in Europe and North America. Edamame seeds and frozen pods imported from Asia, mainly from China, Taiwanand Japan, are available in market place and super stores. How...

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Row by Row: BC Seed Trials and Seedy Sunday
Row by Row: BC Seed Trials and Seedy Sunday
Author: Cowichan Valley Citizen
Date: 13/03/2018

As soon as days begin to get longer and the winter cold starts to fade gardeners, like over-wintering plants, get restless. Leafing through seed catalogues and flipping through seed racks is an annual rite of passage into the new year. This time of year gardeners and small farmers alike also look forward to Seedy Saturday and Sunday events across B.C. Foster Richardson of Hilldown Farm gets pretty excited about seed. He’s working with Cowichan Green Community to organize the 2018 Seedy Sunday in...

Scaling Up Ecological Seed Production
Scaling Up Ecological Seed Production
Author: BC Organic Grower
Date: 01/09/2016

British Columbia is home to a vegetable industry worth $2.8 billion annually, but nearly every seed planted to grow those veggies is produced outside of Canada. While local, organic vegetable production is on the upswing, seed production is lagging. That may not appear to be a problem when browsing through a thick seed catalogue, but behind the seeming abundance of seed available there is a narrowing of diversity and neglect of varieties that perform well under organic or non-industrial agricult...

Seed Crop Record
Seed Crop Record
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

Use this record sheet to track annual seed crop production, including crop location, emergence details, cultivation methods, harvest dates, selection characteristics, and disease and pest damage.

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Seed Growers Find Support at Gathering
Seed Growers Find Support at Gathering
Author: Country Life in BC
Date: 15/12/2017

RICHMOND – Information sharing and engagement is more important than oneway presentations at the annual BC Seed Gathering, now in its fifth year. Organized by Keeley Nixon with Farm Folk/City Folk’s Chris Thoreau and Shauna MacKinnon, the event attracted about 100 enthusiasts. Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond was the main venue for proceedings, and gave attendees a glimpse of the new KPU seed lab in addition to the collective nature of the gathering itself. “It’s unlike a lot of gathe...

Seed Processing Equipment Plans: Air Separator, Tumbler, Screens, etc.
Seed Processing Equipment Plans: Air Separator, Tumbler, Screens, etc.
Author: Don Pigott

The main objective of seed extraction and cleaning is to; reduce the bulk and weight by removing non-seed chaff or debris, and to put seed into a suitable condition for storage and/or sowing. The principles of seed cleaning are to separate seeds and their associated structures into different fractions and retain only good, healthy, viable seeds. These fractions usually include; -good, healthy, insect free, viable filled seeds -find debris (smaller in size and lighter than seed) -coarse debris (l...

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Seed Production (Farm Scale)
Seed Production (Farm Scale)
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

Full Listings of OSA's Seed Production Resources

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Seed Quality: Best Practices for Vegetable Seed Handling in Montana
Seed Quality: Best Practices for Vegetable Seed Handling in Montana

Farmers need quality seed that is free of disease and that delivers on advertised germination rates, vigor, trueness to type, and specific traits for a particular variety. This manual provides recommendations to assure the quality of seed Montana’s specialty crop growers produce. The recommendations are intended as best practices to assist growers in reducing the risk of producing or selling inferior quality seed. The practices in this guide focus on growers who sell primarily vegetable seed. Th...

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Seed Saving Plan Will Reduce Dependence on Big Companies
Seed Saving Plan Will Reduce Dependence on Big Companies
Author: Country Life in BC
Date: 15/09/2016

CHILLIWACK – One of the biggest problems facing small, local farmers is not weather nor weeds, it is access to seeds. Seed security and seed saving, particularly of heritage varieties suited to local conditions, has been a recurring topic at recent Certified Organic Associations of BC conferences, and has become a major focus at Farm Folk/City Folk. For the past few years, FF/CF has been working with the University of BC Centre for Sustainable Food Systems and farmers in the Fraser Valley and on...

Seed Works Video Series
Seed Works Video Series

This series of short videos covers introductory seed saving practices with Patrick Steiner of Stellar Seeds, Jon Alcock of Sunshine Farms and David Catzel of Fraser Common Farm. Filmed on location on working farms, the series provides the next best thing to hands-on experience to beginning seed growers.

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Snap Bean Seed Production: Quick Reference
Snap Bean Seed Production: Quick Reference

Snap Bean Seed Cheat Sheet

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Southeast Organic Seed Stakeholders Survey
Southeast Organic Seed Stakeholders Survey
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

This report includes findings from an online survey developed with support from our regional partners to assess organic seed systems in the Southeast and identify collaborative opportunities to expand and improve these systems. The survey was advertised to farmers and gardeners throughout the Southeast, and was open from November 2011 through March 2012.

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State of Organic Seed 2011
State of Organic Seed 2011

State of Organic Seed is an ongoing project to monitor the status of organic seed systems in the United States. The project aims to develop diverse stakeholder involvement in implementing policy, research, education, and market‐driven activities that result in the improved quality, integrity, and use of organic seed. This report is the first comprehensive analysis of the challenges and opportunities in building the organic seed sector. The first five-year update was published in 2016.

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State of Organic Seed 2016
State of Organic Seed 2016
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

Organic food should begin with organic seed. Right now most organic farmers rely on seed that isn’t organic. But that’s changing, for the good. Organic farmers produce food differently, and that means they need different seed for the crops they grow: seed developed to thrive without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and adapted to their local climate and soil conditions. State of Organic Seed is a project of Organic Seed Alliance that monitors the status of organic seed in the US and provide...

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Sweet Corn Seed Production: Quick Reference
Sweet Corn Seed Production: Quick Reference
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

Sweet Corn Seed Production Cheat Sheet

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The BC Ecological and Organic Seed Sector and the Role of the UBC Farm Seed Hub 2015
The BC Ecological and Organic Seed Sector and the Role of the UBC Farm Seed Hub 2015
Author: Mel Sylvestre

Whether they are planted or consumed, seed is at the origin of our agricultural and food systems. Seeds carry the essence of the agricultural biodiversity responsible for food system resilience. Despite the importance of agrobiodiversity, 90% of the agricultural crop varieties have disappeared over the last century due to the increase of the industrial-type corporations’ control over seed systems (FAO, 2015). In response to this decline, there has been increasing efforts to build a strong global...

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The BC Seed Gathering
The BC Seed Gathering
Author: BC Organic Grower
Date: 01/01/2018

The BC Seed Gathering is not your typical conference. The foundation of the event is a deep commitment to responding to community needs and providing a place for experienced and new seed growers to come together to learn, network and strategize together. The Gatherings are a connection point and forum to discuss what is needed to propel BC seed systems forward. At the 2012 Gathering plans for the BC Eco Seed Co-op were hatched. The Co-op was launched at the 2014 Gathering and 2017 offered an opp...

The BC Seed Trials
The BC Seed Trials
Author: LFS Reach Out
Date: 16/06/2017

Growing local: the BC Seed Trials You might know where the veggies on your table come from, but do you know where the seeds are grown? It’s a question even most farmers can’t answer, but the BC Seed Trials aim to show the impact of using local seeds. “Knowing where your seeds come from is really important,” says lead researcher Dr. Alexandra Lyon. “Because farmers are losing access to varieties that work really well for them, particularly in organic agriculture.” The BC Seed Trials were launched...

The Grower’s Guide to Conducting On-farm Variety Trials
The Grower’s Guide to Conducting On-farm Variety Trials

On-farm variety trials help farmers manage risk by identifying optimal genetics for a grower’s unique environmental and market conditions. This guide provides farmers fundamental skills to conduct on-farm variety trials that reflect their particular goals and farming operations. Readers will find scientific principles presented in an accessible way, and will be walked though the process of planning, implementing, evaluating, and interpreting a variety trial. This tool is useful for farmers, as w...

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Tomato Seed Production: Quick Reference
Tomato Seed Production: Quick Reference

Tomato Seed Production Cheat Sheet

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Trial Evaluation Worksheet
Trial Evaluation Worksheet
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

Use this record sheet to score variety trials, including documenting varieties and trait scoring. Also see our variety trial planning worksheet.

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UBC Beet Tasting
UBC Beet Tasting
Author: CBC News Vancouver Saturday
Date: 09/07/2016

Starts at 7 minutes and 15 seconds in the video.

UBC Farm to Launch Sustainable Food Website at Beet-Tasting Event
UBC Farm to Launch Sustainable Food Website at Beet-Tasting Event
Author: Georgia Straight
Date: 18/07/2018

Here's a case in which research yields tasty results. Nonprofit society FarmFolk CityFolk and the Centre for Sustainable Food System at UBC Farm will hold an event entitled Seeds of Knowledge: A Research Showcase and Beet Tasting at the UBC Farm. Research at UBC Farm will be spotlighted, and will include a guide tour of the farm and University of the Fraser Valley and Kwantlen Polytechnic University researchers in attendance to share their knowledge. As UBC Farm has held annual beet-tastings in...

Variety Trial Planning Worksheet
Variety Trial Planning Worksheet
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

Use this worksheet to plan variety trials in your field. This document includes instructions and sections for capturing desired traits, varieties in the trial, planning tips, field assessments, trial layout, and evaluation criteria and timing. Also see our trial evaluation worksheet.

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Seed Mentorship Program
Vegetation Station Radio Program
Author: VegetationStation
Date: 14/06/2015

Radio segment with Chris Thoreau on the VegetationStation

Selling Seeds in Washington State
Washington State Department of Agriculture

According to the WSDA Seed Program, Washington State now has over 70,000 acres in seed production, an increase of 30% since 2012. While mostly alfalfa, corn, and grass seed dominate this acreage, other farms are cultivating vegetable and flower seed both for on-farm use and to sell directly to consumers or contractually to seed companies. WSDA’s Seed Program can help guide producers through the regulations that govern seed sales to ensure high quality seed reaches the marketplace and complies wi...

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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

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WASHINGTON’S SMALL-SEEDED VEGETABLE SEED INDUSTRY
Washington State University Cooperative Extension

Washington's agricultural industry may be better known for the apples, carrots, hops, or wines produced here; however, the small-seeded vegetable seed grown in this state is the foundation for a major share of vegetable production in the United States and worldwide. Washington is known to produce high-quality vegetable seed: an essential ingredient in any crop equation. Without quality seed, no matter how much time growers spend preparing the land and controlling pests, they cannot produce prime...

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Weather-Related Risk Reduction Guidelines for Dry-Seeded Specialty Seed Crops
Weather-Related Risk Reduction Guidelines for Dry-Seeded Specialty Seed Crops
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

The presence of inclement weather as seeds mature and during harvest may adversely affect dry-seeded seed crops. By following preventative measures and preparing for inclement weather, growers can significantly reduce risks and prevent financial losses. The scope of this publication covers weather-related harvesting issues and recommendations for dry-seeded crops in the Pacific Northwest.

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Webinar Series from the 6th Organic Seed Growers Conference
Webinar Series from the 6th Organic Seed Growers Conference

Watch an archive of webinar sessions from our 6th Organic Seed Growers Conference held January 19 – 21, 2012, in Port Townsend, Washington. This webinar series includes the following sessions: Introduction to On-Farm Plant Breeding; Organic Wheat Breeding; Breeding Peas, Sweet Corn, Broccoli, Winter Squash, and Carrots as Part of NOVIC; Organic Corn Breeding; Breeding for Nutrition; and Breeding for Positive Microbial Interactions.

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Webinar Series from the 7th Organic Seed Growers Conference
Webinar Series from the 7th Organic Seed Growers Conference
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

Watch an archive of webinar sessions from our 7th Organic Seed Growers Conference held January 30 – February 1, 2014, in Corvallis, Oregon. This webinar series includes the following sessions: Why Organic Seed Matters and How to Meet the Demand; Research Update: Small Grains and Corn; Research Update: Vegetable Crops; Unpacking the Cell Fusion Debate; Pollinator Conservation Strategies for Organic Seed Producers; and Managing Seed-Borne Diseases in Seed Production.

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Webinar Series from the 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference
Webinar Series from the 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference

Watch an archive of webinars from our 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference held February 4 – 6, 2016, in Corvallis, Oregon. This webinar series includes the following sessions: State of Organic Seed; What Indigenous Farmers Taught Me About Building Seed and Food Sovereignty; Seed Economics; Vegetable Breeding Research Updates; Organic Cover Crop Seed Production; Vegetable Seed Production: Scaling Up; Managing Seed Borne Pathogens; and a Seed Production Intensive.

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Winter Squash Seed Production: Quick Reference
Winter Squash Seed Production: Quick Reference
Author: Organic Seed Alliance

Winter Squash Seed Production Cheat Sheet

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Sourcing Medium-Scaled Equipment for Canadian Seed Producers
Author: Rebecca Ivanoff
Date: 01/01/2017

Sourcing Medium-Scaled Equipment for Canadian Seed Producers

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UBC Air Column Separator

This construction manual is intended for the purposes of building Farm Folk’s Seed Cleaning Unit. All materials can be locally sourced within the British Columbia, and no special equipment or processes are required for its construction.

Slocan Valley Seedy Sunday
Address: Crescent Valley Hall
Blind Bay Seedy Saturday
Address: Blind Bay Hall
Sunshine Farm Certified Organic Seeds
Address: 225 Saucier Road Kelowna, BC

Sunshine Farm is Certifed Organic, and uses this setting to offer Vocational Development Opportunities to Adults in the Community Living Sector. The farm provides a mixed setting for hands on experience with a multitude of activities. We cater to a wide variety of interests such as cooking classes, music classes, literacy, computer, woodworking, greenhouse, equipment operation, etc.. The educational opportunities at the farm occur in the gardens, as well as  in the various buildings (shop, barn,...

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BC Eco Seed Co-op

We are a producers' co-operative committed to vegetable, herb, grain, flower, and cover crop seed that is ecologically grown, open-pollinated, regionally selected, and GE-free. The BC Eco Seed Co-operative’s mission is to increase the quantity and improve the quality of ecological and organic seed grown in BC. We actively strive to educate and demonstrate that seed sovereignty is an essential part of sustainable bioregional and global food systems.

Across the Creek Organics

Pemberton has a long reputation for producing disease and virus free Seed Potatoes. High surrounding mountains and isolation from other growing areas combine with the flush-through system to keep Pemberton Seed Potatoes fresh and disease free.

Brother Nature Organic Seeds

Brother Nature's Organic Seed produces strong, Certified Organic, heirloom and heritage seeds to the home gardener. Our vegetable, annual, perennial, and herb seeds are germination tested to ensure only quality seed is delivered to your doorstep.

Eagleridge Seeds

Welcome to the retail website of Eagleridge Greenhouse Gardens, producers of endangered heirloom seeds since 1995. Our specialty selections include tomatoes, vegetables, herbs and flowers suited for northern and temperate climates. We practice organic gardening methods, use raised beds, water saving techniques and companion planting. Our designs attract beneficial insects and are  living examples of  the amazing diversity possible growing heirloom plants. We wish to share the stories of our coll...

Full Circle Seeds
Address: P.O. Box 807, Sooke BC, Canada
V0S 1N0  

2018 celebrates 25 years of growing and selling seeds from our farm! You will find among our seeds many heritage varieties selected by generations for their excellent flavour and pest resistance. Also, you will find unusual varieties from Asia and Europe – prized by chefs from our best restaurants. All of Full Circle Seeds are grown at our farm ALM Organic Farm in Sooke and are certified by Islands Organic Producers Association. Full Circle Seeds are: Certified Organic meaning the plants these s...

Phone: 250.642.3671
Helmer’s Organic Farm
Address: Pemberton, BC

We are a family owned and operated farm located in the Seed Potato Capital of North America: the beautiful Pemberton Valley. We have farmed organically since clearing the land and making fields in 1980 and we are the fourth generation of this family to farm in the Pemberton Valley.

Phone: 604 966-8091
Metchosin Farm
Address: 542 Wootton Rd,Victoria, BC, Canada
V9C 3Z4,

Metchosin Farm is non certified organic, in transition to organic certification. The farm offers plant starts (30+ varieties of vegetables, herbs, native plants and unusuals); root tubers, such as sunchokes, New Zealand yam and Japanese artichokes; 30+ varieties of tomatoes; fruit bushes (17+ varieties); and seeds (200+ varieties). Metchosin Farm also sells fresh eggs at their farm stand.

Naramata Seed Company
Address: 5865 North Naramata Rd.Naramata, BC, Canada
V0H 1N0

Naramata Seed Company is a small farm-based seed company located in the Okanagan Valley of southern British Columbia. The same conditions that have made the Okanagan famous for its fruit - a long growing season, abundant sunshine, and fertile mineral-rich soil combine to create ideal conditions for producing high quality vegetable seeds. Naramata Seed Company is dedicated to the preservation of genetic diversity in the vegetable world.  In this catalogue can be found many rare and historic varie...

Omega Blue Farms
Address: Spider Lake, BC

Omega Blue Farms is a heritage animal and heirloom plant conservation farm. The animal and plant varieties we utilize are maintained, restored, and improved using traditional breeding and morganic practices. Unlike the food found in the grocery store, the heritage foods we offer are grown from publicly (Canadian) owned genetics. By buying Omega Blue, you are supporting your own

Planting Seeds Project
Address: Mojave Kaplan PO Box 1005, Lillooet, BC Canada
V0K 1V0

We have some great new seeds available for this year, including bringing a few wilds into our gardens, as well as many we've been taking care of for a long time.

Ravensong Seeds at Fireweed Farm and School
Address: Saanich, BC

Welcome to Ravensong Seeds! We are a small seed business located at Fireweed Farm & School on Vancouver Island BC Canada. We specialize in medicinal herbs, pollinator plants, and native plants with a selection of veggies, and garlic. Our seeds are organically grown without the use of pesticides, chemicals, or GMOs. We believe in the importance of environmental stewardship and choose Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper for our seed packages and shipping materials.

Phone: 250-652-2655
Rebecca’s Garden
Address: Victoria, BC

Rebecca’s Garden grows over 30 varieties of unique heritage dry beans. Beans are available as seed and also (in limited quantities) for cooking. In addition, the farm offers a line of vegetable garden seeds, jellies, chutney, pickles, dried tomatoes, dried fruits, and fresh seasonal produce as available.

Salt Spring Seeds
Address: Box 444 Ganges P.O., Salt Spring Island BC , Canada

This is our 31st year of promoting a safe, sustainable and local agriculture. It is very gratifying to now see so many individuals and communities embracing this concept! We hope that some of the vegetables, beans, grains and herbs in this catalogue will help you to become more self-reliant in food and medicine. All our seeds are organically grown, untreated, open-pollinated and non-GMO. We grow all our own seeds and sell only our most recent harvest. We fill orders year-round and usually within...

Phone: V8K 2W1
Seeds of the Revolution – Saanich Organics
Address: Saanich, BC

We’re excited to let you know that Saanich Organics adventures in seed production have been going well. A few years ago, we started getting excited about seed. We are very concerned about narrowing corporate control of our seed supply and about the lack of regionally adapted, organically grown seed. We decided to become part of the solution by starting “Seeds of the Revolution” (Saanich Organics seed). From the start, our first priority was producing top quality seed. We read, we attend workshop...

Phone: 250-818-5807
Sweet Rock Farm Quality Seeds
Address: Gabriola Island, BC

Sweet Rock Farm is a family-run, diversified farm that grows seeds, provides vegetables and fruits for the local markets, and keeps a small herd of sheep. We also have a gentle, loving horse called Archie and we board a buddy of his, Donny. Our priority is to grow the best quality food possible, and to that end, we don’t use any synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides.  In fact, everything is fertilized from compost made on the farm from our sheep and horse manures.  We aren’t yet certi...

Robson Valley Seedy Saturday
Address: Robson Valley, BC
Phone: 250-968-4334
Email: peteam@telus.net
Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm Bank and Library

2431 Beverly Street Duncan BC V9L 3W4 250-748-8506 kat@cowichangreencommunity.org

Saanich Native Plants
Address: 741 Haliburton Road, Saanich, BC, V8Y 1H7

Saanich Native Plants offers one of the largest native plant seed selections on Southern Vancouver Island. Seeds are collected from our own stock and sold in pre-made mixes, packages, and in wholesale quantities. We also offer custom mixes suited to a variety of conditions and customer needs.  Seed orders can be picked up from the nursery or mailed to your business or home.  

Phone: 778-679-3459
Email: info@saanichnativeplants.com
The Seeds of Sustainability – How Plant Diversity Can Ensure Our Future
BC Farms & Food
Date: 08/12/2013

On small farms across British Columbia, a handful of growers has taken on a vital task to help save the planet’s food system. They are seed savers who plant and safeguard diverse varieties of food crops, herbs and flowers. By growing and saving the seeds of heirloom and open-pollinated varieties of plants no longer in common use, they are helping preserve plant diversity for future generations of farmers and food consumers.

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Clemson University Budgeting Guide
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Microsoft Excel required.

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Electric Winnower
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Author: Allen Dong and Roger J. Edberg

Small electric winnower with metal stand.

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Farm-scale winnower
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Author: Allen Dong

This electric winnower removes chaffs from small grains (barley, clover, quinoa, wheat), large grains (vetch, pea, bean) and dried roots.

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Grain Dehuller
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Author: Allen Dong and Roger J. Edberg

Grain Huller for Rice, Spelt Wheat, Quinoa and Millet.

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Grain Thresher
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Author: Allen Dong and Roger J. Edberg

Conversion of a Leaf Shredder/Wood Chipper into a Grain Thresher.

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Hand Operated Winnower
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Author: Allen Dong and Roger J. Edberg

The winnower separates seeds from chaff by blowing the less dense chaff away as seeds fall down a column of air. Place the seed and chaff mixture on the tray. Turn the crank handle and move the seed mixture into the air duct. Manually adjust the crank speed to provide enough airflow to lift the lighter chaff up and out the top of the air duct, while allowing the denser seeds fall through the bottom of the air duct.

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Vacuum Packing Seed
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Author: Allen Dong and Roger J. Edberg

A hand operated vacuum packing system (Figure 1) was developed to facilitate the storage of dry seeds. The system provides a means to seal containers with reduced oxygen content. A sealed container prevents rehydration of seeds, thus extends their viability. The reduced oxygen content suffocates adult insects that are stored with the seeds, and also extends the viability of the seeds by slowing down the seed respiration rate. This system can be used to vacuum pack dry food. Moist food, however,...

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Organic Seed Processing and Storage
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Author: Jeffrey H. McCormack

Principles and practices of seed harvesting, processing, and storage: an organic seed production manual for seed growers in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern U.S.

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Organic Cucurbit Seed Production Guide
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Author: Jeffrey H. McCormack

An organic seed production manual for seed growers in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern U.S.

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Organic Pepper Seed Production Guide
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Author: Jeffrey H. McCormack

An organic seed production manual for seed growers in the Mid-Atlantic and South.

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Organic Bean Seed Production
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Author: Jeffrey H. McCormack

An organic seed production manual for seed growers in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern U.S.

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Organic Tomato Seed Production Guide
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Author: Jeffrey H. McCormack

An organic seed production manual for seed growers in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern U.S.

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Organic Brassica Seed Production Guide
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Author: Jeffrey H. McCormack

An organic seed production manual for seed growers in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern U.S.

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Isolation Distances Guide
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Author: Jeffrey H. McCormack

Principles and practices of isolation distances for seed crops: an organic seed production manual for seed growers in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern U.S.

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Basic Seed Saving Guide
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Dry Seeds Saving for Home Use.

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2019 Seedy Saturday/Sunday Event Data
FarmFolk City Folk
Author: FarmFolk City Folk
Date: 01/07/2019

2019 marked the first year of our Seedy Saturday/Sunday capacity Building Project that aims to connect organizers from across BC to build capacity and shared frameworks. A key objective is data collection to demonstrate the role and impact of these events in communicates across the province. Our goal in 2019 was to establish a baseline of data and we're thrilled that 26 communities generously shared their data to contribute to this knowledge base.  

Mobile Seed Cleaner Design and Fabrication Overview
FarmFolk CityFolk
Author: Chris Thoreau
Date: 25/06/2019

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,...

Seed Works – Kale Seed; breeding and selecting
FarmFolk CityFolk
Date: 22/11/2012

Part of the Seed Works Series, Patrick Steiner of Stellar Seeds and David Catzel of Fraser Common Farm discuss how to breed kale plants for specific traits. Produced by FarmFolk CityFolk with generous funding from Vancity. Special Thanks to As You Like It Media Inc without whom this project would not have been possible.

Seed Works – Kale Seed; harvesting
FarmFolk CityFolk
Date: 24/11/2012

Part of the Seed Works Series, Patrick Steiner of Stellar Seeds and David Catzel of Fraser Common Farm discuss how determine when Kale seed is ready to harvest and some methods for harvesting. Produced by FarmFolk CityFolk with generous funding from Vancity. Special Thanks to As You Like It Media Inc without whom this project would not have been possible.

Seed Works – Kale Seed; harvesting & cleaning
FarmFolk CityFolk
Date: 23/11/2012

Part of the Seed Works Series, Patrick Steiner of Stellar Seeds and David Catzel of Fraser Common Farm discuss how to clean brassica seeds. Produced by FarmFolk CityFolk with generous funding from Vancity. Special Thanks to As You Like It Media Inc without whom this project would not have been possible.

Seed Works – Beans; Harvesting and Cleaning
FarmFolk CityFolk
Date: 24/11/2012

Part of the Seed Works Series, Patrick Steiner of Stellar Seeds and David Catzel of Fraser Common Farm discuss harvesting and cleaning beans for seed and selecting seed for specific traits. Produced by FarmFolk CityFolk with generous funding from Vancity. Special Thanks to As You Like It Media Inc without whom this project would not have been possible.

Seed Works – Carrot Seed; growing and selecting
FarmFolk CityFolk
Date: 28/11/2012

Part of the Seed Works Series, Patrick Steiner of Stellar Seeds and Jon Alcock of Sunshine Farm discuss how to breed and grow carrot seed for selected traits. Produced by FarmFolk CityFolk with generous funding from Vancity. Special Thanks to As You Like It Media Inc without whom this project would not have been possible.

Seed Works – Carrot Seed: harvesting and cleaning
FarmFolk CityFolk
Date: 26/11/2012

Part of the Seed Works Series, Patrick Steiner of Stellar Seeds and Jon Alcock of Sunshine Farm discuss how to harvest and clean carrot seed. Produced by FarmFolk CityFolk with generous funding from Vancity. Special Thanks to As You Like It Media Inc without whom this project would not have been possible.

Seed Works – Radish Seed; harvesting
FarmFolk CityFolk
Date: 26/11/2012

Part of the Seed Works Series - Patrick Steiner of Stellar Seeds and Jon Alcock of Sunshine Farm discuss how to harvest radish seed and how to determine when they are ready to harvest. Produced by FarmFolk CityFolk with generous funding from Vancity. Special Thanks to As You Like It Media Inc without whom this project would not have been possible. Produced by FarmFolk CityFolk with generous funding from Vancity

Seed Works – Radish Seed; cleaning
FarmFolk CityFolk
Date: 26/11/2012

Part of the Seed Works Series - Patrick Steiner of Stellar Seeds and Jon Alcock of Sunshine Farm discuss how to clean radish seed. Produced by FarmFolk CityFolk with generous funding from Vancity. Special Thanks to As You Like It Media Inc without whom this project would not have been possible.

Seed Works – Beet Seed; harvesting
FarmFolk CityFolk
Date: 27/11/2012

Part of the Seed Works Series - Patrick Steiner of Stellar Seeds and Jon Alcock of Sunshine Farm discuss how to harvest beet seed. Produced by FarmFolk CityFolk with generous funding from Vancity. Special Thanks to As You Like It Media Inc without whom this project would not have been possible.

Seed Works – Beet Seed; cleaning
FarmFolk CityFolk
Date: 27/11/2012

Part of the Seed Works Series - Patrick Steiner of Stellar Seeds and Jon Alcock of Sunshine Farm discuss how to clean beet seed. Produced by FarmFolk CityFolk with generous funding from Vancity. Special Thanks to As You Like It Media Inc without whom this project would not have been possible.

Seed Works – Lettuce Seed; production
FarmFolk CityFolk
Date: 28/11/2012

Part of the Seed Works Series - Patrick Steiner of Stellar Seeds and Jon Alcock of Sunshine Farm discuss how to harvest lettuce seed. Produced by FarmFolk CityFolk with generous funding from Vancity. Special Thanks to As You Like It Media Inc without whom this project would not have been possible.

Seed Works – Lettuce Seed; cleaning
FarmFolk CityFolk
Date: 28/11/2012

Part of the Seed Works Series - Patrick Steiner of Stellar Seeds and Jon Alcock of Sunshine Farm discuss how to clean lettuce seed. Produced by FarmFolk CityFolk with generous funding from Vancity. Special Thanks to As You Like It Media Inc without whom this project would not have been possible.

BC Seeds Gathering 2012, Opening Remarks Part 1
FarmFolk CityFolk
Date: 06/03/2015

Part One of the opening session from the first BC Seeds Gathering, Nov. 9- 11, 2012. Presentations by Susan Walsh of USC Canada on The Bauta Initiative, a National Seed Program, and by Patrick Steiner from Stellar Seeds. The BC Seeds Gathering is a provincial gathering of seed growers, community leaders, and farmers from across British Columbia, Canada. Various participants from the conference present their views on seed saving at the first BC Seeds Gathering, Nov. 9- 11, 2012. The conference wa...

BC Seeds Gathering – Opening Session – PART 2
FarmFolk CityFolk
Date: 14/11/2012

Part Two of the opening session from the first BC Seeds Gathering, Nov. 9- 11, 2012. The BC Seeds Gathering is a provincial gathering of seed growers, community leaders, and farmers from across British Columbia, Canada. Various participants from the conference present their views on seed saving at the first BC Seeds Gathering, Nov. 9- 11, 2012. The conference was organized and presented by FarmFolk CityFolk and hosted at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond, British Columbia.

Beginning Seed Saving
FarmFolk CityFolk
Date: 15/02/2013

Saturday morning at the first BC Seeds Gathering, Nov. 9-11, 2012. Patrick Steiner and Melanie Sylvester give a presentation about the basics of seed saving. The BC Seeds Gathering is a provincial gathering of seed growers, community leaders, and farmers from across British Columbia, Canada. Various participants from the conference present their views on seed saving at the first BC Seeds Gathering, Nov. 9- 11, 2012. The conference was organized and presented by FarmFolk CityFolk and hosted at Kw...