Team

For over 10 years we have been working closely with vegetable seed growers and seed companies across BC and are a regional partner for the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. We deliver workshops, field days and conduct research with a long-term vision of a thriving ecological seed sector in BC that produces high-quality seed crops at a commercial scale.

We believe in collaboration and are working with a wide range of partners from farmers to educational institutions to advance the ecological, economic, and community aspects of seed production.

Collaborators include the University of British Columbia, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the University of the Fraser Valley, the BC Eco Seed Co-op and a network of farmers across BC and Canada.


While the BC Seeds program works with a wide range of farmers and collaborators throughout BC, it is made up of a core staff team from FarmFolk CityFolk.

Chris Thoreau has been engaged in small-scale organic food production since 2001 as a farmer, educator, program manager, and advocate. Chris has been based in Vancouver, BC since 2008 where he attended the University of British Columbia’s Agroecology program. He received his B. Sc. (Hons) in 2011, focusing his studies on urban farming, soil management, and small-scale plant breeding. He currently manages the Vancouver Food Pedalers Cooperative.

Shauna MacKinnon has been working in the food sustainability sector for over fifteen years leading projects on community engagement, market research, communications, and private sector partnerships. Recent work includes the management and implementation of the BC Organic Brand Strategy , leading the Canada Organic Trade Association’s west coast presence and authoring a suite of Canadian organic market research reports . Shauna has a M.A. in Geography from the University of Guelph where she received the first Organic Crop Improvement Association scholarship to support social science research in the organic sector.

 

Carla Hick is a Red Seal Chef, has a BSc in Agroecology and has also earned certifications in Organic Vegetable Seed Production and Permaculture Design. She is very passionate about food whereby holding a holistic philosophy of food. A seed-to-table-to-soil perspective provides a systems thinking and bottom-up approach to improving food-related issues. Carla has been working with the BC Seed Trials project for 2 years and has now officially moved to the FarmFolk CityFolk team to pursue wider seed security initiatives. She is particularly excited to amalgamate her knowledge, training and experience to affect positive change in the agricultural sector, particularly in the realm of seed security.

 

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