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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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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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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

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