Friday

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Melville A:
BC Eco Seed Co-op  (Closed meeting)
Interested in knowing more about the BC Eco Seed Co-op? Read about the co-op here, current members here and what it means to become a member here.

Melville B:
Community Seed Organizers  (Networking & Meeting)
Open to anyone engaged in the seed community! From seed library and community collections librarians and volunteers to Seedy Saturday/Sunday organizers, seed growers, advocates and more. Come mix and mingle for this semi-structured networking session to connect with others in and across BC, find common threads and share ideas.

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Melville B:
Lunch!

1:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Melville A:
BC Eco Seed Co-op (Closed meeting)
Continued


Melville B:
Community Seed Organizers  (Networking & Meeting)
Open to anyone engaged in the seed community! From seed library and community collections librarians and volunteers to Seedy Saturday/Sunday organizers, seed growers, advocates and more. Come mix and mingle for this semi-structured networking session to connect with others in and across BC, find common threads and share ideas.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Garden City Lands
KPU Garden City Lands Teaching & Research Farm Tour FarmFolk CityFolk Mobile Seed Cleaning Unit Tour
The Garden City Lands are an extraordinary 136.5 acres of open space located within the Agricultural Land Reserve, just east of KPU’s Richmond campus and the Department of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems is working with the City of Richmond to develop a Teaching and Research Farm on 20 acres of the site. Come tour the farm to see and learn about the range of diversified, sustainable, regenerative, and organic production practices in this urban area. Meet at the front doors of KPU at 3:50pm to walk over to the site.

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Design Building Room 4900
Opening Reception & Networking
Join us for a light dinner, drinks and remarks to open our Gathering

Saturday

9:00 am – 9:45 am

Melville B:
Welcome & Intro Circle

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Melville A:
Keeping Our Seeds Pathogen-Free: A Small-Scale Seed Producer’s Guide to Managing Seed-borne Diseases
Dr. Lindsey du Toit
This presentation will cover broad disease management principles applicable across many crops and environments, while going into more specific detail in small-seeded vegetable crops of importance to commercial seed production in BC and the US Pacific Northwest, such as carrot, spinach, beet, onion and brassicas.

This presentation is made possible by the CANOVI project funders and presented in partnership with Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm. Find about more about CANOVI at www.bcseedtrials.ca

Want to catch this session but can’t be there in person? Register to join us via the live stream! Find out more here.


10:00 am – 11:15 am

Melville B:
Creating Healthy Community Seed Swaps & Seed Libraries
This community table session sees facilitated discussion from collective wisdom in the room on what makes and keeps seed libraries and seed swaps strong and healthy. Come join Matthew Kemshaw (Victoria Seed Library), Anna Westover (KPU Seed Library) to share your experience.

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Melville B:
Reports from the Fields: Community Presentations
Hear from 10 presenters in less than 3 minutes each on projects in their communities supporting local seed.

Interested in contributing to this session? Let us know here!

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Melville B:
Lunch!

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Melville A:
CANOVI & SeedLinked Updates on Vegetable Trials in BC
Dr. Alex Lyon, Dr. Nicolas Enjalbert, Chris Thoreau
This session will present an overview of work done to date on Canadian Organic Vegetable Improvement (CANOVI) project and present an overview and panel discussion of SeedLinked, a new platform that allows growers to share crop data and notes in real time and connect with other trial participants.


Melville B:
Seed Libraries Good Practices & Lessons Learned
This community table session sees facilitated discussion from collective wisdom in the room on diversity of practices, what works, and doesn’t in setting up and maintaining seed libraries in communities and organization. Come join Matthew Kemshaw (Victoria Seed Library) and Leonie Croy (Sunshine Coast Seed Saving Collective/Gibsons Seed Library) and to share your tips and learn from others.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

KPU Seed Lab, Room 3460
Germination Protocols & Demonstration
Success with seeds starts at germination. In this mixed format session Dr. Rebecca Harbut will present an overview of germination protocols to help ensure accurate germination testing and demonstrate germination testing underway.

Melville B:
Community Coordination: Building the Story of BC Seed
This community table session sees facilitated discussion from collective wisdom in the room to brainstorm how we can better educate to tell and build the story of what local seed is and why it matters.
Do you have an idea you want to make sure gets included in this session? Email Keeley!

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

Melville A:
Enterprise Budgets Demystified – A Working Session
Enterprise budgets can be extremely useful tools to trace and predict inputs, costs, yields, and revenue from a given crop… but many of us are intimidated by lengthy, complicated spreadsheets. FarmFolk CityFolk has developed enterprise budget spreadsheets that are available to download and use for free. Join us in this working session where Chris will take us through the steps of filling them out, with real crop examples and dialogue with folks who have used them.


Melville B:
Seeds of Resilience: Safe Seed Pledges & Ideas Towards Reconciliation
This community table session sees facilitated discussion from collective wisdom in the room on how we can each work on resilience in communities through Safe Seed Pledges, supporting Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) and creating dialogue on what reconciliation means with regards to seeds in and across our communities.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Melville B:
Closing Plenary
We’ll close with an opportunity to share on key ideas and themes of the day and capture next actions to take home with us.

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Melville A & B:
Carrot Tasting & Closing Reception  
Join us for a light dinner and drinks and a last chance to visit after a full day of discussion. Featuring a CANOVI trial carrot tasting, come try a selection of orange and red carrots varieties from the trials at UBC Farm!