November 8 & 9, 2019
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond Campus, unceded, traditional Indigenous lands of the q̓ic̓cəy̓ (Katzie), q̓ʷa:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), SEMYOME (Semiahmoo), sc̓əwaθən məsteyəxʷ (Tsawwassen), qiqéyt (Qayqayt) and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) peoples.
The 2019 BC Seed Gathering was an overwhelming success! Not only was there a great turnout of seed growers, researchers, students, advocates and community seed organizers, but also incredible connections and conversations. The enthusiasm and energy of speakers and participants alike is a testament to the increasing commitment from across the BC seedscape to building a strong local seed sector!
The work of the BC Seed Gathering has moved into action planning to build on the momentum from the event and to engage an array of players for broader impact and alignment. Session notes and speaker presentations will be available, see below and watch for updates. If you attended, you have been added to our BC Seeds newsletter so you can stay up to date on all things organic seed here in BC.
Thank you to our presenters for generously making your presentations available!
Reports from the Field
- Tiffany Traverse – Seed Adaptation Succession Planning for Our Future
- Nicolas Enjalbert – SeedLinked
- Tara Bishop – Citizen Seed Trials
- Leonie Croy – A Handful of Bean Seeds; Launching the Gibsons Seed Sharing Library
- Milo Stuart – Power of Pulses, Grains and Nuts
- Chris Thoreau – The FarmFolk CityFolk Mobile Seed Cleaner
- Webinar: Keeping Our Seeds Pathogen-Free Webinar with Dr. Lindsey du Toit
- Slide deck: Keeping Our Seeds Pathogen-Free Webinar with Dr. Lindsey du Toit
- Slide deck: CANOVI & SeedLinked: The Role of Technology in Supporting
Participatory Variety Trials in Canada
Also! 2 recordings from Past Gatherings
- Managing Seed Quality in Small Scale Seed Production | 2012 BC Seed Gathering (2 hours)
- Elder Sharing Round Table | 2014 BC Seed Gathering (1.5 hours)
- Community Session – Small Group Notes (from small group discussions)
- Community Session – Action Notes (review of actions that emerged from the 2017 BC Seed Gathering followed by proposed 2019 actions)
- Community Session – Seed Libraries/Swaps – Notes (from both sessions)
- Community Session – Building BC Seed Story – Notes
- Community Session – Seeds Of Resilience – Notes
From both days
- Community Stream – Summary (summary of what emerged from the Friday and Saturday community stream of sessions both ideas and resources. The intention here is to have an amalgamated document of key ideas and resources brought up over both days for easy reference and encouraging action).
Resources of Interest from Session Notes
- Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security
- BC Eco Seed Co-op, 17 BC farmers marketing organic and ecological seed together, lots of knowledge, profiles of farmers, could be a source for workshop presenters and/or seed donations
- BC Land Matching Program delivered by Young Agrarians
- Community Seed Network
- Dan Jason – Salt Spring Seeds
- Experimental Farm Network
- Facebook groups: Seedy Saturday/Sundays, Seed Libraries
- Lifecycles (Victoria)
- Mobile Seed Cleaner Instructional Video (30 minutes)
- Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI)
- Organic Seed Alliance, Organic Seed Growers Conference (February 2020)
- Richmond Grows Seed Library (California)
- Seeds of Diversity
- SeedMatters (Initiative Of Clif Bar Family Foundation), popular Seed Saving Chart
- Seed Rematriation (Sierra Seeds, Indigenous SeedKeepers Network)
- Seed Savers Exchange
- Victoria Seed Library
- Seedy Saturday facilitation sessions (i.e., webinars/calls FFCF led) need more polls to build engagement and set varied times. Arising from calls in 2019 was BC Seedy Sat/Sun Organizers Tools open folder of templates and information including indexed noted from the four calls held to date sharing good practices and insights: Seedy Saturday/Sunday Organizers Brilliant Ideas
FarmFolk CityFolk and Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Department of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems.
In partnership with
Funding for this event has been provided in part by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership and through programs delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C.
Thank you to all our incredible local food and drink sponsors!