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BC Seed in the News

UBC Farm to Launch Sustainable Food Website at Beet-Tasting Event
Georgia Straight

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...

Row by Row: BC Seed Trials and Seedy Sunday
Cowichan Valley Citizen

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...

B.C. Researchers Focus on Vegetable Seeds
Western Producer

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...

Heavenly Roots Folks Part of Seedy Saturday Fervour
Gulf Islands Driftwood

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...

The BC Seed Gathering
The BC Seed Gathering
BC Organic Grower

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...

Seed Growers Find Support at Gathering
Country Life in BC

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...

Scaling Up Ecological Seed Production
BC Organic Grower

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...


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

Farm Trials Underway to Establish Commercial Seed Industry in B.C.
Vancouver Sun

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...

Beet Trials Target “Seed Sovereignty”
Country Life in BC

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...

Seed Saving Plan Will Reduce Dependence on Big Companies
Country Life in BC

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...

Helping B.C. Vegetable Seed Farmers Harvest New Opportunities
BC Ministry of Agriculture

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...

BC Seed Security Program
The Islanders Grapevine

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...

The BC Seed Trials
The BC Seed Trials
LFS Reach Out

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...

UBC Beet Tasting
CBC News Vancouver Saturday

Starts at 7 minutes and 15 seconds in the video.

Vegetation Station Radio Program

Radio segment with Chris Thoreau on the VegetationStation

BC Almanac - CBC Radio

BC Almanac discussion on food security featuring Chris Thoreau

BC Organic Grower - Winter 2019 (Volume 22, Issue 1)
Michael Marrapese

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.