We’re happy to announce the 2017 BC Seed Gathering! Save the date and watch this space for updates on content!
The BC Seed Gathering aims to engage new and established growers, organizers, and advocates working to increase the supply, quality and diversity of seed in British Columbia as well as improve seed access. The Gathering will offer learning and engagement opportunities that delve into specific aspects of seed production, from breeding techniques to marketing models, and will also provide space for strategizing how to further strengthen, grow and connect local seed seed systems with out economies and communities.
The past two Gatherings (2012 & 2014) had something for beginner and more experienced seed growers, and brought together a mix of local and international expertise. We’re planning to bring a diverse group together again this year, and are building a program that provides valuable opportunities for seed growers (new and experienced) as well as seed advocates, particularly those who are organizing Seedy Saturdays, seed libraries and other initiatives in their communities that support biodiversity and seed access. The BC Seed Gathering is the place for folks working across the seed spectrum to come together in one place to foster collaboration.
To that end, we are making strong regional representation a priority. We would like to support the attendance of participants from each region of BC to create an opportunity for seed growers and seed advocates from across the province to meet and strategize about how local, regional and provincial seed systems can be strengthened. To help make this happen we have put together a Sponsorship Toolkit for approaching businesses and organizations in your own community that may be able to support your attendance. Food coops, credit unions, local grocers, food security organizations, are some of the many local places you could approach.
When: November 3 and 4, 2017
Where: Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond Campus – Unceded traditional lands of the Kwantlen, Musqueam, Katzie, Semihamoo, Tsawwassen, Qayqayt & Kwikwetlen peoples
Registration: Now online here!
Details and Agenda: Coming Soon!