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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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2nd Year of Curly Kale Growth – Data Collection

2nd Year of Curly Kale Growth – Data Collection

We saw a particularly cold winter here in Vancouver and it killed most of the lacinato varieties of kale. The curly kale was quite damaged as well, but is making a fierce come back! The leaves still taste great too. In the second year of curly kale growth we will be

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2017 Leek Variety Trial Update!

The leek seedlings are looking great! They were seeded in the beginning of March and are ready to be transplanted into the field on Tuesday May 16th! We have 31 varieties of leeks being transplanted, unfortunately one variety had zero germination, but it happens and its a good thing we

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2017 Golden Beet Trial Seeded

2017 Golden Beet Trial Seeded

Tuesday May 9th was a beautiful day in Vancouver to breath some fresh farm air and seed 3 replicates of 8 golden beet varieties! We carefully measured out the plots, placed the correct stakes in as per the map we created. We randomized the order of the varieties between plots and

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Preparing and Planting Carrot Stecklings for Seed Production

Preparing and Planting Carrot Stecklings for Seed Production

Last week we got our isolation tent setup and our carrot stecklings planted at UBC Farm. This is a multi-step process which we documented much of. This is the first year doing the carrot seed project at UBC Farm. The carrot stecklings we are planting are Nash’s Nantes – bred

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Certificate in Organic Vegetable Seed Production with Canadian Organic Growers

Certificate in Organic Vegetable Seed Production with Canadian Organic Growers

Introducing the 22-week online Certification Course in Organic Vegetable Seed Production through the Canadian Organic Growers! This flexible online course is delivered with online readings and webinars while studying The Organic Seed Grower book by John Navazio and Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties by Carol Deppe. The experienced course instructors are Patrick

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Carrot Seed Project – Breeding Flies

Carrot Seed Project – Breeding Flies

One of my favourite projects is our carrot seed project. This project involves growing carrots to seed in an isolation tent to prevent cross-pollination with a common weed – Queen Anne’s lace. I have blogged frequently about this project in the past. Carrots require insects for cross pollination and these

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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

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It’s Seedy Saturday Season!

The first BC Seedy Saturday of 2017 is here! Here is a list of more to come!

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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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 –

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Sharing Farm Update and Structure

Sharing Farm Update and Structure

On Saturday I got out to visit Kristjan at Sharing Farm to put up their carrot isolation structure and check in on the crop. The carrots are growing well there. But there are some things of note: The control plot has been ravaged by evil rabbits and is down to 3

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