Carrot Seed Production Field Day
Friday, September 18, 2015
5:00 – 7:00
Free! But registration required…
Carrots are a common crop on BC farms due to their popularity at local farmers markets. While this may make them seem like a desirable crop to grow for seed as well, the presence of Queen Anne’s Lace (QAL) throughout BC makes this a major challenge. QAL readily cross pollinates with carrot rendering the seed unsuitable for farm or commercial use.
In order to grow carrot seed successfully in the presence of Queen Anne’s Lace growers typically use isolation structures to prevent cross pollination.
Bring in Jen Cody and Craig Evans.
Working with the Bauta Family Initiative for Canadian Seed Security, FarmFolkCityFolk, and the University of Manitoba, they have been growing carrot seed for the past three seasons in isolation structures in an effort to develop methodologies for successful seed production of this important BC crop.
Join Jen and Craig for a Field Day at their Ladysmith farm to learn more about growing carrot crops to seed. In this field day you will:
- Learn the basics of growing carrot seed and the problem with QAL
- See Jen and Craig’s carrot seed isolation structures
- Learn about choosing, using, and breeding pollinators in enclosures
- Learn about harvesting and processing carrot seed
- And much more…
This Field Day is also a potluck so please bring a dish to share with others.
Wanting to Carpool? Let us know if you need a ride or can offer a ride and we’ll try to match you up with other participants.
Have a question? Contact event organizer, Chris Thoreau: firstname.lastname@example.org