Category : Seed Mentorship Program

Seed Mentee Blog #1 – Meg Curtis

My mentor is Sal Dominelli of Sweet Rock Farm on Gabriola Island (@sweetrockfarm on Instagram & sweetrockfarmseeds.com). Sal has been growing seed on Gabriola for fifteen years and selling commercially for the last six. Sweet Rock Farm is a 5-acre farm on Gabriola that has a good supply of water to source from during our

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Final Seed Mentee Blog – Sahar Zandieh

The snow is finally melting and the cover crop sown so many months back is visible again; the pea, oat, vetch, and triticale shoots are still flattened from the weight of the snow, but eager to stand tall again soon, I’m sure. Thinking back on the past growing season, I’m

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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2016 Seed Mentorship Blog #1 – Sahar Zandieh

My name is Sahar and my mentor is Mel Syvestre. Mel has been saving seed for about 10 seasons now, and began selling seed she had saved in 2010. Mel has been working her magic at the UBC Farm for several years now, which is where our paths crossed. I’m

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2016 Seed Mentorship Mentee Blog #1: Dayna Fidler

Slow food. Slow Seeds. I love visiting farms – especially Glorious Organics Cooperative and BC Coop Seeds farm located in beautiful Aldergrove, BC. It’s a great place to be, get inspired, breath and learn! Shortly after arriving at the farm I was able to observe and participate in real farm-life

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2016 Seed Mentorship Mentee Blog #1 – Michael Silver

  Hello All from the North End of Kootenay Lake. Patrick Steiner, who is my Mentor, runs Stellar Seeds in Johnson’s Landing, about 15-20 min south from my gardens. He has a good many years, 10 or so behind him, in the seed business for a young and energetic guy

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2016 Seed Mentorship Mentee Blog #1 – Cle-Ann Coghlan

For the past two years I’ve dabbled (very little) with seed saving, the idea has been on my mind for a few years now, and I am so happy to have a mentors to help with all the questions that I have. In preparation for seed saving we have made

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2016 Seed Mentorship Mentee Blog #1 – Paula Cranmer-Underhill

Good Day All My mentor is Mojave Kaplan, the Seed Warrioress! What I know is we both farm on the West Side of Lytton, and Mojave is a high in-demand seed expert. When not on her land she is farming, Mojave is busy travelling around with her seeds, educating people

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2016 Seed Mentorship Mentee Blog #1 – Kaleigh Barton

I’m becoming completely taken over by my desire to grow seeds. I am greedily looking through a multitude of seed catalogues and saying to myself, “we should grow that!” How many plants can I reasonably grow? How many varieties can I keep? Why not a little of everything? Why not

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2016 Seed Mentorship Mentee Blog #1 – Arzeena Hamir

I have been saving seed, first as a backyard gardener and now as a farmer for a number of years. My reason for joining the Bauta Seed Internship was to figure out how to grow more volume and better quality seed, while fitting the seed side of things into my

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Mentee Blog #3 – Jim McComb

Mentee Blog #3 – Jim McComb

My mentor, Jim Grieshaber-Otto , specializes in growing grain on his farm near Agassiz. Although I have been an organic grower for some time and although I have had an interest in growing grain, until this oppportunity to mentor with Jim, I hadn’t taken action in this direction. So, this

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Mentee Blog #3 – Rachel Voth

Hello from Vancouver Island! I learned a lot of new things this season and I’m very thankful to ALM farm for mentoring me.  It’s wonderful to know I have folks nearby who want to share what they know.  Throughout the season I was able to visit ALM farm and see

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Mentor Blog – Jon Alcock

As I sit here in December, taking a break from cleaning carrot seed,  I have sliced up a beautiful Bosc pear for lunch. I will have it with some roasted garlic and goat cheese on a piece of  homemade sourdough bread. This meal conjures up pleasant memories of  my trip

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