Join us for our fourth year of the Citizen Seed Trial! The Citizen Seed Trial is a complement to the BC Seed Trials, a collaboration between FFCF and the University of British Columbia, that is working with farmers to identify the best performing varieties of important vegetable and seed crops.

We’ve adapted that model for community participation with the aim of bringing growers of all scales into the seed conversation. This is a seed trial that can be done in a small space, with a low time commitment. It is ideal for beginner seed savers and backyard (or balcony) gardeners. The 2017 program focused on lettuce, and 2018 focused on cherry tomatoes – each with 4 varieties to trial and track. 2019 was a tomato adaptation trial, focusing on adaptation across different climates. The trial consisted of one tomato variety sourced from 4 different seed companies across North America (including BC). Participants were walked through planting, care, observations, and data collection via email updates and social media. Later in the season, we shared seed saving information so participants could take their crops from seed-to-seed. For more 2019 trial information, visit the 2019 Adaptation Trial page.

For the 2020 Citizen Seed Trial the focus is on diverse breeding populations. While the seed sources have not yet been confirmed, we are planning for a unique trial will consist of three crops: tomatoes, watermelon, and kale. A large focus of the education component this year will be engaging participants in learning about the importance of the selection process, how to select, when to select and what to select for.

Participating in the 2020 Citizen Seed Trial is a great way to learn more about seed growing, indulge your inner scientist and be a part of the growing BC seed community!

Sign up below to participate. Please note you will be subscribed to regular Citizen Seed Trial emails as well as our monthly BC Seed Grower newsletter upon registration. You can opt out of either at anytime by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of each email. Also consider joining the Citizen Seed Trial Facebook group to share experiences and ask questions!  

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Carol Stewart · January 23, 2018 at 12:35 pm

We plan to run the trial in our community garden collaborative plot.

Denise Lagasse · January 24, 2020 at 12:07 pm

We are preparing for Seedy Saturday and we will be discussing if this could be part of the Seed Exchange table., helping to promote this project within our community. Most interested in backyard gardeners, we have lots of homeowners here with good sized yards. Will each participant be expected to grow watermelon, kale and tomatoes? I am just trying at this point to get more information for our group planning meeting. Thank you.

Simon A · February 1, 2020 at 12:52 pm

Really enjoyed being a part of this last year, and told as many friends as I could to try to do this year’s seed trial! Can’t wait!

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