Vegetable Seed Production: Intro & Advanced Workshops with Patrick Steiner – Prince George, BC
July 10 @ 8:00 am - July 11 @ 5:00 pm
Introduction to Seed Production
July 10, 1-5 pm at UNBC classroom
This beginner level class on seed saving provides an introduction to or refresher on the basics of botany, plant reproduction and genetics that successful seed savers need to know. The focus will be on crops that are well suited for seed production in northern climates and techniques to maximize seed production in short-season areas.
– Level: Beginner
– This workshop can be taken on it’s own or as a prerequisite for the intermediate/advanced class on Day 2.
– Light snacks included
Intermediate Seed Production for Regional Adaptation
July 11 – 9-12 pm at UNBC classroom
1-5 pm at Hope Farm Organics
This intermediate level class will help participants advance from seed savers to skilled seed growers able to select for desired plant characteristics that enable adaptation to northern growing conditions. Learn how to use mass selection to steward and improve open pollinated vegetable varieties. The class will also be introduced to seed business planning tools that will help growers understand the economics of seed production and opportunities for commercial growing.
In the afternoon join Andrew Adams at Hope Farm Organics to take a first hand look at how the selection process can work in the field and lean about the seed crops grown and regional adaptation work Andrew has been doing on his farm just north of Prince George.
– Level: Intermediate/advanced.
– Beginner seed savers are welcome to attend Day 2 if they attend the Intro Class first.
– Coffee and bagged lunch included
– Transport to the farm site available
– Please dress for weather and bring water for the field portion of the workshop