Category : General Seed Topics

Seeds, Politics, Ducks and Fungi – Farmer Submission

Seeds, Politics, Ducks and Fungi – Farmer Submission

NorthEast Farming Association Winter Conference 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY January 19-21 By Jolene Swain I am incredible grateful to have received funding from the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security to attend the NOFA-NY Winter Conference. It was a very long trip from Northern British Columbia, but worth every

Continue reading

Final Seed Mentee Blog – Arzeena Hamir

The year 2016 was our fifth season on our farm and the climate threw many curveballs at us. Expecting a hot, dry summer like 2015, I moved roma tomato and jalapeno pepper production outdoors only to find that the cool temperatures did little to help with either fruit or seed

Continue reading

Final Seed Mentee Blog – Kaleigh Barton

Today I am in Lillouet visiting friends. It is nice to be on vacation, though it seems we are always farming in our minds. This week we are ordering the seeds we need for early in the season, and spending more time planning for Salt Spring’s Seedy Saturday event.  Before

Continue reading

Final Seed Mentee Blog – Michael Silver

Wow 11 more days and the light begins to return.  After one of the wettest and frost-free falls we now have frozen ground and a nice layer of snow. In my last post I explained that is was very challenging for me to venture into a larger and exploratory seed

Continue reading

Seed Mentee Blog #2 – Sahar Zandieh

A few weeks ago, when the sun was shining more reliably, I was able to join the inspiring Mojave Kaplan, Mel Sylvestre and Alex Lyon for a Beet Field Day at the UBC Farm. We walked through the field, harvested, selected, and prepared beets for winter storage. Many cultivars of

Continue reading

Processing Golden Beet Seed at Local Harvest

Well, it has taken a while to get this post up, but here it is! We have posted many stories of the golden beet seed crop at Local Harvest – from selection and planting; to growing and observing; to harvesting and drying; and then comes the time for processing –

Continue reading

Carrot Seed Cleaning at Sharing Farm

Carrot Seed Cleaning at Sharing Farm

As we near the end of the growing season we approach the beginning of the seed cleaning season! The Richmond Sharing Farm, and head farmer Kristjan Johannson participated in the carrot seed project this year. This project is exploring carrot seed production in isolation tents to present pollination with the

Continue reading

Seed Mentee Blog #2 – Arzeena Hamir

My goal this year was to push myself and grow seed in larger volume and also try to grow seed from crops I’d never saved before. I’m calling 2016 the year of the good, the bad, and the ugly. On the good side, I was able to grow a large

Continue reading

Seed Mentee Blog #2 – Kaleigh Barton

Hi all, This season our farm has saved seed from green beans, turnips, kale, radish, snow-pea, soup pea, dry beans, sweet pepper, broad bean, cucumber, Armenian cucumber (melon), tomatillo, ground cherry and tomato. We’re also reserving beets and rutabaga to grow seed next spring. For some of these crops our

Continue reading

Mentee Blog #2 -Michael Silver

Hello everyone from the Kootenays. Oh the weather and local wild life. I would say this has be once challenging year for my foray into larger seed saving. On the night of September 12th we had a good frost, which has changed the direction of my beans seed saving program.

Continue reading

Beet Seed Harvest at Local Harvest Farm!

Beet Seed Harvest at Local Harvest Farm!

Well, after months of waiting we are happy to say the golden beet seed has been harvested at Local Harvest Farm! It has been a long, but amazing process to see this crop go from root to seed. In fall of 2015, Mojave Kaplan of Planting Seeds Project and Dan

Continue reading

Good Grains Make for a Great Night!

Good Grains Make for a Great Night!

On Wednesday, August 17, FarmFolk CityFolk and the Italian Cultural Centre were pleased to host our Good Grains Event – an evening of local food with pizza and beer. This event was a chance to highlight local grains and their journey from the field into locally-made products. From beer to

Continue reading

Carrot Pollinators – Part I

Carrot Pollinators – Part I

This season we have spent a lot of time talking about pollinators for the carrots. The basic questions about pollinators seem to be as follows: What insect to use as a pollinator? Where/how to purchase the pollinators? How do you maintain your pollinator population? Can you breed your own pollinator

Continue reading

Fly Breeding Strategies

Fly Breeding Strategies

So I have been doing a bit of research on fly breeding and am looking for a simple method to attract flies and encourage them to lay eggs. Here’s a quick video I made as I start down this road! This recording is about a week old so I am

Continue reading

Stecklings Getting Planted

Stecklings Getting Planted

This weekend both Jeremy and Kristjan got their stecklings in the ground! This is good timing as they really needed to get into he ground and there should be some rain coming to get them well watered in.

Carrot Seed Update

Carrot Seed Update

As 2016 gets into spring our Carrot Seed project is off to a great start. Here is an update on what has happened to date! Project Summary Due to the overwhelming presence of Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota var. carota), the wild equivalent of the cultivated carrot (Daucus carota), in

Continue reading

FFCF Program Assistant Position – Dec. 2015

FFCF Program Assistant Position – Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security A part time program-support role for someone with strong communication and collaboration skills; experience in program development and management; knowledge about seed and food security; and is looking for fulfilling and engaging work. FarmFolk CityFolk is a not-for-profit

Continue reading

Friday – Last Yukon Farm Visit

Friday – Last Yukon Farm Visit

My second Friday visit was with Roland at Rivendell Farm just down the road from Elemental Farm. Roland has been farming here for 3 years and as I pulled up to his Pick Your Own Farm I knew he was a farmer I would like – long, pristine, immaculately weed-free

Continue reading

Facebook Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com