Category : News-Activities

Progress at Notch Hill Farm

Seed Project 2013 – Sudoa Farm/Susan Moore Contact: 250-835-8332  –  sudoafarm@gmail.com Carrots grown on farm and saved from 2012, approx 100 roots of Nantes Forto Selection, untreated seed purchased from William Dam 2012, and over 200 Purple Dragon from farm seed that overwintered in field and were not intended for

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Visit to Dungeness Valley

Seed harvest has come and gone since the BC Seeds crew visited Sequim, Washington to learn and share knowledge around best practices for ecologically grown carrot seed production. In partnership with the Bauta Initiative, and funded by a grant from the Organic Sector Development Program, this 4-year project was inaugurated

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Carrot Seeds Began Last Year

Carrot seeds began last year,  in fact the summer of 2012.  A GREAT year for our carrots   The amsterdam gold carrots had all of the qualities that I wanted to select for.  They were smooth, they were yellow, they had no forking.   I also selected for deeper yellow

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Carrot seed production, flies and more flies

Hello all in blog land. Here is the first post to the site, even if it starts in medias res.   With Patrick, Sue, Mojave, and myself, we have all embarked on a carrot seed research project, investigating methods to grow local BC produced seed.  Patrick was very eloquent in

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Harbour City Star article about Growing Opportunities/Farmship and the Carrot seed research project

Here is an article published in the Harbour City Star (Nanaimo) Sept 14th. THanks so much to Julie Chadwick who wrote the article. Super timely for us then. Right before the Harvest Fest. Here is the link, and the text after. http://www.nanaimodailynews.com/news/down-on-the-farm-1.630519 Thirteen years ago, Isabelle Morris returned to Canada

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Carrots and Queen Annie

If you live in one of BC’s many regions where Queen Anne’s Lace is a prevalent weed, and you want to save carrot seed, you have a dilemma. Both plants share the same Genus and species, Daucus carota. So what, you say? Well, it means the two plants freely exchange

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My Great Road Trip

Heather and I recently hit the road to drive to Johnson’s Landing to visit Patrick Steiner and then continued on to Kaslo, Enderby, Notch Hill, Kelowna, Vernon, Keremeos to visit with friends and farmers. Michael Marrapese Aug 15, 2013

Seedy Events

Seeds of Diversity maintains a list of Seed Events across Canada. Check for events in your area and send them information about your own upcoming events.

The Work We Do

Although there is a growing local food movement in Canada, the vast majority of our local vegetables are not grown from local seed. In addition, thousands of our hardy vegetable varieties have become extinct over the course of the last century due to corporate concentration of seed ownership and production,

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First Nations Training the Trainers Workshop May Report

Report of May 16th Training the Trainers Workshop at Xaxli’p (Fountain Band) Hall.  This workshop focalized specifically with First Nations participation. In attendance were 17 participants, including members from 3 First Nations Community Gardens: T’it’q’et (Lillooet Band) Community Garden (coordinator Adam Lingor plus 1 staff) Xaxli’p (Fountain Band) Community Garden (4 staff)

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BC Seeds Gathering – 2012

Nov 9-11, 2012 Kwantlen University Richmond Campus Join… Don Tipping – Siskiyou Seeds and the Farm Farmers Seed Cooperative Susan Walsh,  USC Canada – The Bauta Initiative- National Seed Program Micaela Colley, Executive Director – Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) Dan Jason – Salt Spring Seed Sanctuary Patrick Steiner – Stellar

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Growing Local Food – Support Youth to attend B.C. Food Systems Network Conference!

FarmFolk CityFolk, Young Agrarians and the BC Food Systems Network are collaborating to raise money to support young food producers to attend the Network’s 14th Annual Conference on Gambier Island, from July 5th – July 8th, 2012! Young food growers often have limited financial resources and are unable to attend

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Train the Trainers Workshop, Providence Farm

Craig Evans and Jen Cody of Growing Opportunities Coop led the sessions. The morning was a review of techniques and considerations for producing quality seed and some group discussion about issues and solutions. After lunch, Jane Rabinowicz gave an overview of USC’s National Seed Initiative and how that project may

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Richmond Sharing Farm

On Sunday, May 20, Jane Rabinowicz and Heather Pritchard were at the Richmond Sharing Farm meeting with Harold Steves of Steveston Stock and Seed, Erica Sims from the Sharing Farm, Robert Giardino, Jeanette McCall and Mark McDonald of West Coast Seeds, Jessica Dennis from UBC farm, and other community seed

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Pot Luck at Cottonwood Gardens in Vancouver

Sara Dent, Coordinator for the Young Agrarians, is aiming to have a pot luck every month and, since FarmFolk CityFolk has been touring Jane Rabinowicz around the province, we decided to put the call out to people interested in seed to join us at Cottonwood Gardens for the evening. Joining

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Jane’s BC seed tour – a warm welcome in week 1

This was an inspiring first week in BC. Thanks to Patrick Steiner at Stellar Seeds and Heather Pritchard at Farm Folk City Folk for planning such a thorough itinerary. Thanks also to everyone who will be sharing their perspective and welcoming me into their businesses, farms and homes. Since arriving

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Visit to Stellar Seeds

On May 9, 2012 Jane Rabinowicz of USC Canada and the Bauta Initiative on Canadian Seed Security kicked off her three week tour of all things seedy in British Columbia with a visit to our farm and seed company (Stellar Seeds) in the Kootenays. After a tour of the farm

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West Kootenays Train the Trainer Workshop A Success!

On May 8 a group of engaged and enthusiastic people from across the West Kootenays and Boundary region met in Nelson for a day long workshop on “best practices” of organic seed production. We talked about the how-to’s of growing seed, and shared tips and advice to help make our

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