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Mobile Seed Trailer Update – 27 January 2019

Mobile Seed Trailer Update – 27 January 2019

Today we tested the Clipper! I happened to get some wheat seed form a grower in Chilliwack this week which was perfect timing for getting the Clipper running. The test runs are important for getting to know the machine and produce effective training manuals. It also helps us upgrade things

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Mobile Seed Trailer Update – 24 January 2019

Mobile Seed Trailer Update – 24 January 2019

Today we did our first test run of the Clipper Seed Cleaner in the Mobile Seed Trailer! This is a big achievement as this is the biggest scale piece of equipment we have for seed processing. With this step done we will start producing instructional videos and documents for the

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2019 Online Organic Seed Production Course and Bursary

2019 Online Organic Seed Production Course and Bursary

In partnership with USC Canada through The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, COG is excited to open registration for Canada’s only intermediate-level Organic Vegetable Seed Production e-learning certificate! This 22-week program runs April 8th – November 1st, 2019 (with a summer break from July 9th – September 2nd). Read More Below… We’re also happy to announce the

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Building a Zig-Zag Seed Cleaner

Building a Zig-Zag Seed Cleaner 31 December 2018 Chris Thoreau chris@farmfolkcityfolk.ca Download pdf article here For future updates check out the Zig-Zag Seed Cleaner Blog here. Note: This machine was fabricated as one piece of our mobile seed cleaning unit which contains numerous pieces of seed cleaning equipment including a

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Tastings for Variety Trials: Carrot Tasting Highlight

Tastings for Variety Trials: Carrot Tasting Highlight

Tasting evaluations are an important part of variety trials. High yielding carrot varieties with great pest resistance are valuable to farmers yet less valuable if they won’t sell well due to poor taste. Taste can be very subjective and everyone has their own opinion on what tastes good. However, when

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Preparing the Carrot Tent for the 2018 crop

Preparing the Carrot Tent for the 2018 crop

This year we have taken a bit of a different approach with setting up the isolation tent for the Carrot Seed Project by erecting the tent as late as possible before flowering. This is done in the hope that the carrot stalks will be strengthened by having more wind exposure

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Counting Seeds

Today I (Chris) did our last bit of seed packing for the BC Seed Trials at the KPU Seed Lab. It has been great to be able to use the seed counter at the lab this year to get more exact seed counts and speed up the packing process. For

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Carrot Steckling Planting

Carrot Steckling Planting

Yesterday I got my first set carrot stecklings planted at UBC Farm. I will plant two varieties there this year, side by side, one inside an enclosure and one outside. This is a great way to use enclosures to expand seed production capabilities. I will have to do some Queen

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Harvesting Carrot Seed

Harvesting Carrot Seed

As we harvest carrots from the BC Seed Trials we are still processing carrot seed from UBC Farm and the Sharing Farm. Although harvested over a month ago, the seed still needs to be processed to ready it for sale and planting. The seed dried down in the seed greenhouse

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BC Seed Gathering – BC Seed Trials Tour at UBC Farm

BC Seed Gathering – BC Seed Trials Tour at UBC Farm

We are happy to open the 2017 BC Seed Gathering with a visit to UBC Farm to learn more about the BC Seed Trials. The BC Seed Trials project, now completing its second year, is a collaboration between the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, UBC Farm, and FarmFolk CityFolk. Through conducting vegetable

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Gleaning from the Variety Showcase

9 October 2017 Chris Thoreau One of my favourite trips of the past couple years has been my venture down to Portland to the Culinary Breeding Network’s Variety Showcase. Last week (sometimes it takes a while to get to these blog posts) I made it down for my second visit

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Carrot Seed Harvest Started

Carrot Seed Harvest Started

It has been a great season for carrot seed production so far and I was happy to start harvesting seed this week. Carrot seed matures over a period of time so I will watch for dry, mature umbels several times a week and harvest them as they are ready. This

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2017 BC Seed Gathering – Registration is Now Open

2017 BC Seed Gathering – Registration is Now Open

BC Seed Gathering Friday Nov. 3rd & Saturday Nov. 4th 2017 Join us for the 2 day seed gathering this November to connect, network, learn, engage and take a step forward in building a local resilient seed system. The BC Seed Gathering is the place for folks working across the seed spectrum

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Field Day Beets – Golden Rhythm in Saanich

Field Day Beets – Golden Rhythm in Saanich

On Wednesday July 26th Chris and Carla made a day trip to Saanich from Vancouver to host a Field Day for the Beet Harvest Evaluation at Square Root Farm! We had a good turn out of 10 people at the event. Below is a picture of our field day set

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The Flies are Taking Over!

The Flies are Taking Over!

It was a real treat to check in on the carrots today, kind of. There so many flies in the enclosure it was overwhelming. So, of course, I took a video! Today also gave me the chance to tie up the carrots as they are getting more and more top

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Carrot Seed Update and Fly Breeding Schedule

Carrot Seed Update and Fly Breeding Schedule

To plan for having an adequate number of fly pollinators at all times during the carrot flowering period you can map out the lifecycle of the fly to create a schedule and breeding plan. This could look something like the following based on a typical fly lifecycle: Fly Breeding Schedule.

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Kale Breeding Workshop a Success!

Kale Breeding Workshop a Success!

Today we were happy to host Laurie McKenzie of the Organic Seed Alliance for our Kale Breeding Workshop in Duncan on Vancouver Island. We had a group of 18 eager and budding plant breeders ready to absorb all Laurie had to offer. This workshop was focused on kale as it

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Fly Breeding and Carrot Seed Project Progress

Fly Breeding and Carrot Seed Project Progress

This year, one of my goals in the carrot seed project is to breed our own flies to avoid ordering in pupae. There are a few reasons for this: The current source of blue bottle fly pupae we have is from a US source. There are no local or Canadian

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