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2017 BC Seed Gathering – Registration is Now Open

2017 BC Seed Gathering – Registration is Now Open

BC Seed Gathering Friday Nov. 3rd & Saturday Nov. 4th 2017 Join us for the 2 day seed gathering this November to connect, network, learn, engage and take a step forward in building a local resilient seed system. The BC Seed Gathering is the place for folks working across the seed spectrum

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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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Seed Mentee Blog #1 – Meg Curtis

My mentor is Sal Dominelli of Sweet Rock Farm on Gabriola Island (@sweetrockfarm on Instagram & sweetrockfarmseeds.com). Sal has been growing seed on Gabriola for fifteen years and selling commercially for the last six. Sweet Rock Farm is a 5-acre farm on Gabriola that has a good supply of water to source from during our

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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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Certificate in Organic Vegetable Seed Production with Canadian Organic Growers

Certificate in Organic Vegetable Seed Production with Canadian Organic Growers

Introducing the 22-week online Certification Course in Organic Vegetable Seed Production through the Canadian Organic Growers! This flexible online course is delivered with online readings and webinars while studying The Organic Seed Grower book by John Navazio and Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties by Carol Deppe. The experienced course instructors are Patrick

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Citizen Seed Trial, launch of the seed evolution!

Citizen Seed Trial, launch of the seed evolution!

We are excited about our newest seed program, the Citizen Seed Trial, that launched this spring. We’ve shared a lot of the detail of the program already, but this is a chance to share with you what has made this project so cool for us on a personal and program

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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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Mentor Blog – Jon Alcock

As I sit here in December, taking a break from cleaning carrot seed,  I have sliced up a beautiful Bosc pear for lunch. I will have it with some roasted garlic and goat cheese on a piece of  homemade sourdough bread. This meal conjures up pleasant memories of  my trip

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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 #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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Arrived in Yukon to Talk Seed!

Arrived in Yukon to Talk Seed!

Today I (Chris Thoreau) arrived in Whitehorse on the first of 8 days visiting the Yukon to talk and learn about seed in Yukon communities. The goal of the trip, I suppose, is to help Yukon communities determine how to integrate seed into their community food security initiatives. I will

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Mentee Blog #2 – Suzy Coulter

My main seed saving project for this mentorship is a parsnip crop. I planted them later than they ideally should’ve been planted, but have been fussing over them ever since, and once in a while checking in with David for feedback, including his farm visit back a few months ago

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