November 3 & 4
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond Campus
Unceded traditional lands of the Kwantlen, Musqueam, Katzie, Semihamoo, Tsawwassen, Qayqayt & Kwikwetlen peoples
The 2017 BC Seed Gathering was a big success! Not only was there a big turn out of seed growers and community seed organizers, the event featured the unveiling of KPU’s new seed lab and introduced the Garden City Lands where variety trials for seed will take place. This new institutional support is just one example of the momentum building around seed production in BC. The enthusiasm and energy of speakers and participants alike is a testament to the increasing commitment from organic vegetable producers to building a strong local seed sector!
What happens next?
You may be wondering what happens now that the Gathering is over. Here is a rundown:
- We’ll add session notes and speaker presentations and handouts to the BC Seed Gathering this page – see below!
- You have been added to our BC Seeds newsletter so you can stay up to date on all things organic seed here in BC.
- We’ll be following up with many of you directly to continue discussions started at the Gathering
- We have gathered lots of great input from Gathering participants and are continually compiling that input electronically to better understand the scope of input we received. We’ll keep you posted as we sort through all this great information!
- Your input will help direct programming for the Bauta program in 2018 and beyond
We got lots of great event photos which you can see online here. Thanks to Michael Marapesse for all the photos! You are welcome to download and use Gathering photos for non-commercial uses, but please credit: photo(s) by Michael Marrapese. Do you have photos you want to share? Send them to email@example.com and we’ll add them to the collection.
Speaker Presentations & Handouts
Thank you to our presenters for generously making your presentations available!
- Teprine Baldo – Seed for Community (external link)
- Emma Holmes – BC Ministry of Agriculture New Entrants Strategy
- Patrick Steiner – Canadian Organic Growers Seed Course
- Wendy Traas & Helen brown – UBC Seed Library
- Mel Sylvestre – Integrating Seed Production into Diversified Vegetable Operations
- Steve Peters – On-Farm Plant Breeding for Climate Change & Regional Adaptation (external link)
- Dan Brisebois – Seed Economics: How to Make Growing & Selling Seed More Profitable, handouts (external link)
- Mary Cosman – Fernie Seed Swaps
- Eleanor Wright – Lillooet Food Matters
- Colleen Doty – Galiano Seedy Library
- Matthew Kemshaw – Victoria Seedy Library
- Chris Bodnar – Cooperatives in British Columbia’s Agricultural Sector, Italy’s thriving agricultural co-ops, and BC Organic Grower issue on co-operatives can be found here
- What Could a Culinary Breeding Network Look Like in BC? Session notes
- Facilitated working session for seed growers: What actions need to be taken? Session notes
Project funding has been provided through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative