2017 BC Seed Gathering

2017 BC Seed Gathering


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! 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.

Next Actions

Session notes and speaker presentations and handouts are available – see below! 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.

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. On the Saturday afternoon final session the Community Stream built some ideas for community seed action we are building on for 2018. Below are the areas the group identified where actions are needed. If there is one of them you are interested in and may consider sharing a bit of time, resources, or experience on please take action by following the suggested “next step”.

Social media – use the hashtag #bcseedstories, when posting about seeds on social media
Tell the story –  if your work finds you writing descriptions and talking about seed, dive deep into it, writing strong descriptions to tell the story of seeds – history, culture ,and value.

Are you interested in…

1. Connecting with other Seedy Saturdays/Sundays organizers?

Next step: Join the closed facebook group and share your best practices, lessons learned, perspective, resources and connect with other organizers.To join send a request or contact group admin Lynda at: lynda@lawntofood.com

2. Better connecting & resourcing Seed Libraries?

Next step: Currently a Seed Library facebook group is coming together as a space to share insights and ideas such as how to develop Seed Library “Share Back” Incentive Program and determine key infrastructure still needed to grow our libraries. Watch our social media stream for more info.

3. Getting seed on the agenda of Food Policy Councils?

Next step: Contact us to be connected with others also interested in this topic

4. Research with post-secondary institutions?

There were two sub actions we identified at the Gathering including 1) promoting native seeds in consultation with First Nations, 2) utilizing institutions like Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s ability to run variety trials to grow seed to contribute to seed libraries, grow outs and more

Next step: Contact us to be connected with others also interested in this topic

5. Seeing seed included in education curriculum?

Next step: Contact us to be connected with others also interested in this topic

6. Seed Outreach such as community tasting events?

Next step: Contact us to be connected with others also interested in this topic (a fall 2018 event may be on the horizon)



Speaker Presentations & Handouts

Thank you to our presenters for generously making your presentations available!


Pecha Kucha



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Project funding has been provided through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative

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