Seed Saving 101

Jill Bishop, Community Seed Network

Saturday February 20, 8:45 – 9:45 AM 

Would you like to grow and save seeds this season? Learn why it is important to save your seeds, along with some basic tips & techniques to help you get started in planning your seed-saving gardens and how to harvest high-quality seeds for many seasons to come!  Also, learn how to engage with the Community Seed Network.

Master Gardeners Q & A 

Panel of Master Gardeners and BC Fruit Testers

Saturday February 20, 10:00 – 12:00 PM 

Learn about the Master Gardeners Association of BC and pick the brains of these gardening experts from around BC (Okanagan, Prince George, Vancouver Island, Victoria and Vancouver Master Gardener chapters).  We also have 2 representatives from the BC Fruit Testers joining us to answer questions on tree fruit!  Please bring your horticultural questions about edible plants and trees to the session where you will use the chat box to ask them and feel free to submit them by email to up until February 17th.  Connect with the Master Gardener Association of BC anytime at their website: 

Seed Saving Curriculum for Elementary School Kids

Steph Korolyk, Edible Garden Project 

Saturday February 20, 12:15 – 1:15 PM

Stephanie has seen how saving seeds with students can connect them to local ecology and the seasonal cycles of a garden while creating an experiential sense of continuity. Beyond fostering a sense of ownership and pride within both students and teachers, gardens can easily connect to the BC Curriculum in a variety of ways simply by getting hands-on with each step of the growing process, from planning to seed to harvest. In 2020, Stephanie worked with students in the UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems to develop programs that introduce elementary school students to the simple yet meaningful act of threshing, winnowing, and saving seeds from one generation to the next. The activities are split into two age ranges (from Kindergarten-Grade 3 and Grades 4 – 7) that Stephanie will introduce, contextualizing them into the broader importance of outdoor education and play for elementary students across BC.

1:30 – 2:00 PM – Calendario: Seasonal Indicators

Runaway Moon Theatre

Learn what a Calendario is and get inspired to make your own! Check out an example from Runaway Moon Theatre below.

Native Seed for Gardening and Restoration 

Kristen Miskelly, Saanich Native Plants Nursery and Consulting

Saturday February 20, 2:15 – 3:15 PM 

The role of native seed in restoration and gardening is expanding in the Victoria region. Seed is a cost-effective way of introducing native plants to a variety of spaces – everything from larger restoration projects, lawn to meadow, to creating patches of wildflowers in home gardens.  This talk will focus on topics related to native seed production (including production at the Saanich Native Plants nursery), the fundamentals of growing native plants from seed, and practical tips on ensuring success when using native seed. 

BC Seed Companies 

FFCF and Seed Vendors

Saturday February 20, 2021 3:30 – 4:30 PM 

Join FarmFolk CityFolk and BC Seed Companies in this panel session.  Hear about how BC offers optimal conditions for seed growing, how the pandemic has affected the seed industry, and learn more about our seed vendors for the conference.  A large portion of this session will be a Q & A, please bring questions to the session and ask them in the chatbox. Please also feel free to submit questions up until February 19 via email to 

The Miraculous San Isidro, Patron Saint of Farmers, Meets a BC Farmer

Runaway Moon Theatre 

Saturday February 20, 7:00 – 8:00 PM

A family-friendly show about a city farmer learning what he can from the medieval Patron Saint of Farmers, as he tries to decide how to farm and which seeds to plant.

An offering from Runaway Moon Theatre by a hodgepodge of puppeteers of different ages, Zooming in from different places.

How to Keep Your Local Seed Collection Viable and Sustainable

Bob Wildfong, Seeds of Diversity 

Sunday February 21, 10:05 – 11:05 am 

Guide on how-to to set up and manage sustainable, long-term community seed collections, as well as an overview on how to access the Seeds of Diversity seed library and other resources.

Seed Germination and Soil Health

Connie Kuramoto, Gardens on the Go

Sunday February 21, 12:30 – 1:30 PM 

Connie Kuramoto from Gardeners on the Go will introduce the biology of the seed. Then will cover the inner working of a seed; how seeds store and utilize food as well as how gardeners can support the seed to create stronger and more resilient seeds. 

Seed Saving Q & A 

Panel of Seed Experts 

Sunday February 21, 1:45 – 2:45 PM

A great opportunity to connect with BC Seed Growers and get answers to all your questions about effectively saving seeds. No question is too basic or too advanced! This will be a Q & A session, please bring questions to the session and ask them in the chatbox. Please also feel free to submit questions up until February 20 via email to 

David Douglas Botanical Garden Expansion on UNBC Land

Linda Naess, David Douglas Botanical Garden Society

Sunday February 21, 3:00 – 3:30 PM 

The David Douglas Garden Society is a non-profit society made up entirely of volunteers. It is named after the Scottish botanist, David Douglas, who explored much of northern British Columbia in the 1800s. The Society was formed in 1991, and the then newly incorporated University of Northern BC donated 1.1 acres to the Society to establish a garden on the campus. Since then, the garden has been developed to include perennial beds, a thyme bed, an alpine berm, and an extensive variety of shrubs and trees. A bridge, a stream, benches, and trails are also part of the garden. The mission of the Society has been to establish a Botanical Garden for the north, and UNBC has donated 23 acres to us for this project. We work closely with UNBC as we move forward in the planning for this exciting project that will be of benefit to the University, the city of Prince George, and Northern British Columbia.