Supported by Metro Vancouver, the Citizen Seed Trial is entering its third year in 2019. Our aim is to bring 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, while 2018 focused on cherry tomatoes – each with 4 varieties to trial and track. 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. This is a great way to learn more about seed growing, indulge your inner scientist and be a part of the growing BC seed community!
The 2019 program will again be with tomatoes but will focus on adaptation across different climates. The trial will consist of one tomato variety sourced from 4 different seed companies across North America (including BC) to observe and document differences in the plants from different regions. This is an effort to help us better understand regional adaptation in crops. This will be a blind trial – meaning you won’t know which variety is which until the end!
Join the Citizen Seed Trial Facebook group to share experiences and ask questions!
For more 2019 trial information, visit the 2019 Adaptation Trial page.
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.