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Kale Breeding Workshop a Success!

Kale Breeding Workshop a Success!

Today we were happy to host Laurie McKenzie of the Organic Seed Alliance for our Kale Breeding Workshop in Duncan on Vancouver Island. We had a group of 18 eager and budding plant breeders ready to absorb all Laurie had to offer. This workshop was focused on kale as it

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Fly Breeding and Carrot Seed Project Progress

Fly Breeding and Carrot Seed Project Progress

This year, one of my goals in the carrot seed project is to breed our own flies to avoid ordering in pupae. There are a few reasons for this: The current source of blue bottle fly pupae we have is from a US source. There are no local or Canadian

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2017 Leek Variety Trial Update!

The leek seedlings are looking great! They were seeded in the beginning of March and are ready to be transplanted into the field on Tuesday May 16th! We have 31 varieties of leeks being transplanted, unfortunately one variety had zero germination, but it happens and its a good thing we

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2017 Golden Beet Trial Seeded

2017 Golden Beet Trial Seeded

Tuesday May 9th was a beautiful day in Vancouver to breath some fresh farm air and seed 3 replicates of 8 golden beet varieties! We carefully measured out the plots, placed the correct stakes in as per the map we created. We randomized the order of the varieties between plots and

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The Fly Generator

One of the goals of the 2017 Carrot Seed Project is to breed out own flies instead of buying pupae. Here is a short video showing the creation of my fly generator!   Here is the test run I made last year to get me started:  

Carrot Seed Project – Breeding Flies

Carrot Seed Project – Breeding Flies

One of my favourite projects is our carrot seed project. This project involves growing carrots to seed in an isolation tent to prevent cross-pollination with a common weed – Queen Anne’s lace. I have blogged frequently about this project in the past. Carrots require insects for cross pollination and these

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Beets Growing Well

Beets Growing Well

I got a wonderful email picture from Dan Oostenbrink this morning and I swear he can read my mind. On March 19 we planted out almost 1000 beet stecklings for a seed crop and I had just been wondering how they were doing. And just like that Dan’s email shows

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Carrots coming to Life

Carrots coming to Life

I was out at Sharing Farm and got to check on Kristjan’s carrots. They are coming to life well! You can see the tiniest of growth coming from most carrots with several off to a great start. There were a few with no signs of life yet, but we can

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Mentee Blog #3 – Rachel Voth

Hello from Vancouver Island! I learned a lot of new things this season and I’m very thankful to ALM farm for mentoring me.  It’s wonderful to know I have folks nearby who want to share what they know.  Throughout the season I was able to visit ALM farm and see

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Mentee Blog #3 – Suzy Coulter

I have a confession to make. I’ve become very attached to my parsnips over the course of this seed saving mentorship. We began our relationship at the 2015 Seed Gathering in February, where the seeds were generously offered up by Kootenay Joe Farm. They were Lancer Parsnips, I’d never grown

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Mentee Blog #3 -Sheila Dobie

I would like to title this piece as – “ Finding growing ground where ever you can!” and that plantings for seeds can happen in some of the most unlikely places. It has been a turbulent fall time for me – with none of the grounding and satisfaction that comes

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Mentee Blog #2 – Steve and Mary Unger

Seed Saving Adventures #2 Some of the seeds we saved this season pretty much saved themselves, with us just standing nearby ready to catch and clean and store – the kale, the arugula, the squash, and the beans.  Coincidentally, these foods are some of the hardiest growing, nutrient dense, and

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Mentee Blog #2 – Sheila Dobie

When the August rains came – and they were very short lived. It was like a huge relief rather than a state of panic for my seeds. Intuitively I knew that the days of late summer edging into fall would give me many many warm dry days to mature the

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Mentee Blog #2 – Spray Creek Ranch

The weather over here on the other side of the mountains is so different from what you all experience in the Lower Mainland.  Where we live in Lillooet, we only get an average of 13 inches of precipitation a year, and when it does rain everything drys out so quickly. 

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2015 Mentee Blog #2 – Rachel Voth

It’s been an interesting season for me. Unexpected challenges and moments of deep satisfaction have marked my days. I’m new to growing food. The novelty of walking into my kitchen and seeing the countertop overflowing with garden fresh is still a wonder. The learning curve has felt steep, but thanks

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Friday – Last Yukon Farm Visit

Friday – Last Yukon Farm Visit

My second Friday visit was with Roland at Rivendell Farm just down the road from Elemental Farm. Roland has been farming here for 3 years and as I pulled up to his Pick Your Own Farm I knew he was a farmer I would like – long, pristine, immaculately weed-free

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Friday – Another Yukon Farm Visit Day

Friday – Another Yukon Farm Visit Day

Friday, at first, was meant to be an open day where I could do some exploring and touristing, but I also anticipated some farm visits – and that is what I got! For the morning I schedules myself to visit Bart and Kate at Elemental Farm and then had plans

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And Then There was Thursday – back in Whitehorse

And Then There was Thursday – back in Whitehorse

Alright, and then on to Thursday…Thursday was the day I would start visiting farms to talk with people in their fields. While everyone seemed interested in the topic of seed security, they were most interested in asking more seed-growing specific questions. I kept telling people I wasn’t really here to

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