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BC Seed Gathering – BC Seed Trials Tour at UBC Farm

BC Seed Gathering – BC Seed Trials Tour at UBC Farm

We are happy to open the 2017 BC Seed Gathering with a visit to UBC Farm to learn more about the BC Seed Trials. The BC Seed Trials project, now completing its second year, is a collaboration between the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, UBC Farm, and FarmFolk CityFolk. Through conducting vegetable

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Carrot Seed Harvest Started

Carrot Seed Harvest Started

It has been a great season for carrot seed production so far and I was happy to start harvesting seed this week. Carrot seed matures over a period of time so I will watch for dry, mature umbels several times a week and harvest them as they are ready. This

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The Flies are Taking Over!

The Flies are Taking Over!

It was a real treat to check in on the carrots today, kind of. There so many flies in the enclosure it was overwhelming. So, of course, I took a video! Today also gave me the chance to tie up the carrots as they are getting more and more top

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2nd Year of Curly Kale Growth – Data Collection

2nd Year of Curly Kale Growth – Data Collection

We saw a particularly cold winter here in Vancouver and it killed most of the lacinato varieties of kale. The curly kale was quite damaged as well, but is making a fierce come back! The leaves still taste great too. In the second year of curly kale growth we will be

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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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It’s Seedy Saturday Season!

The first BC Seedy Saturday of 2017 is here! Here is a list of more to come!

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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Mentee Blog #3 – Jim McComb

Mentee Blog #3 – Jim McComb

My mentor, Jim Grieshaber-Otto , specializes in growing grain on his farm near Agassiz. Although I have been an organic grower for some time and although I have had an interest in growing grain, until this oppportunity to mentor with Jim, I hadn’t taken action in this direction. So, this

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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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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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Mentee Blog # 2 – Ashton Sweetnam

So far this season, seed saving has not come particularly naturally to our regular farming practices and systems, but it does generally feel like a great contribution our ability to farm in the holistic way that we aspire to. By taking seed saving into consideration, we pay greater attention to

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