The Citizen Seed Trial is a BC-based, home gardener complement to the Canadian Organic Vegetable Improvement Project (CANOVI), which works 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. The Citizen Seed Trial 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. Participants are walked through planting, care, observations, and data collection via email updates and social media. Later in the season, we share seed saving information so participants can take their crops from seed-to-seed.

Interested in signing up? Visit the 2021 Citizen Seed Trial page.