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Seedy Events

This is a listing of events for our members and others interested in plant biodiversity, heritage gardening, organic gardening, and seeds. If you know of any other upcoming events, please send the information to

Growing Good Seed: Webinar #3

Wednesday July 30, 2014          4 to 6 est

The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security is happy to announce the second session of its free webinar series, Growing Good Seed: The Fundamentals.
Webinar 3: Harvesting, Drying, and Cleaning Your Seed Crops

This webinar features presentations from Patrick Steiner (Stellar Seeds, BC), Kim Delaney (Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds, ON), and Dan Jason (Salt Spring Seeds, BC.). This is an amazing lineup of expert presenters will cover a range of topics to help you produce your best seed crop this season, including:

Seed harvesting, drying, and cleaning methods and techniques, Equipment needs and sources, relative to your scale of seed production, Equipment sharing and collaboration with other seed growers.
No pre-registration required

See http://everdale.org/workshops/organicseed/seedwebinars/ for details.

Contact:

Rogueing, Selection and Disease Management

Wednesday August 6, 2014          
Hawthorne Farm, 5961 5th Line Minto
Palmerston, ON

EFAO Members: Free
Non-EFAO Members: $10 (Suggested Donation)

Contact:

Squash Hand Pollination Training Program

Aug 1 weekend or Aug 8 weekend          8:00 am
CMU Farm’ at the Canadian Mennonite University, 600 Shaftesbury Avenue
Winnipeg, MB

The Red River Seed Library presents…
Training the Trainers:
Squash Hand-Pollination Training Program

This is a unique training opportunity for those interested in learning or developing their knowledge and skills in hand-pollination of the Cucurbitaceae family, including squash, pumpkins, gourds, melons, cucumbers, etc, for the purpose of ensuring seed varieties produced remain ‘true-to-type, eliminating cross-pollination between varieties.

The training session includes:
2 back-to-back evening followed by morning sessions as follows:
Option 1
Friday August 1 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Saturday August 2 8 to 10 am
Saturday August 2 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Sunday August 3 8 to 10 am

Option 2
Friday August 8 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Saturday August 9 8 to 10 am
Saturday August 9 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Sunday August 10 8 to 10 am

Cost: $40.00 or Free!

Contact: Caroline Chartrand 204-772-9468

More information: www.seedsecurity.ca

Growing Vegetable Seed in Northern ON

Thursday August 14, 2014          
Thunder Bay, ON

11:30am - 3:00pm: Seed-Saving Workshop @ Roots to Harvest
5:30pm - 9:00pm: Seed Production Field Day @ Mile Hill Farms
In partnership with the EFAO, we are excited to help provide a full day of seed-saving workshops and farm tours in Thunder Bay, Ontario!

The day will feature workshops from Kim Delaney of Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds and a farm tour of some of the seed-saving work being done at Mile Hill Farms and Roots to Harvest with the Superior Seed Producers Collective.

EFAO Members & Students: $10 (full day)
Non-EFAO Members: $10 (per session)

Contact:

Growing Vegetable Seed in Northern Ontario

Thursday August 14, 2014          
Thunder Bay, ON

Roots to Harvest and Mile Hill Farms are excited to help provide a full day of seed-saving workshops and farm tours in Thunder Bay, Ontario!

The day will feature workshops from Kim Delaney of Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds and a farm tour of some of the seed-saving work being done at Mile Hill Farms and Roots to Harvest with the Superior Seed Producers Collective.

Save the date and stay tuned for more details!

Integrating Seed Production into Market Gardens

Wednesday August 20, 2014          
1350 Highway 54
Caledonia, ON

Contact: Matchbox Gardens

Build Your Own Small-Scale Seed Winnowing Equipment

Wednesday August 27, 2014          1 to 4
Cottage Gardener Heirloom Seedhouse & Nursery
Newtonville, ON

Cost: $65 per person (includes workshop materials)

Want to learn how to build your own seed cleaner? In collaboration with Farms @ Work, Dan Brittain, of The Cottage Gardener, will be leading a workshop on how to build your own open-source design seed winnower. Used by small-scale growers across North America and Europe, the winnower is ideal for cleaning small-seeded crops (e.g. lettuce, carrots, onions, etc.) by removing chaff in an efficient and effective manner.

For more information on this workshop and to register, please visit Farms at Work. Pre-registration is required as space is limited to 15 people. If there is enough interest, a second session for the same day will be opened up. Ticket sales start Friday, May 30 at www.DIYseedequipment.eventbrite.ca. If you are unable to register because the session is full, please send an email to jay@farmsatwork.ca

Contact: jay@farmsatwork.ca

More information: www.DIYseedequipment.eventbrite.ca

Rogueing & Selection of Seeds (CRAFT interns only)

Wednesday September 10, 2014          
Whole Circle Farm
Acton, ON

Contact: Aabir Day at 519-855-4859 ex103,

More information: http://everdale.org/workshops/organicseed/

Seed Saving

Wednesday September 10, 2014          7 pm
Salvation Army Church
Kitchener, ON

Seeds of Diversity's executive director, Bob Wildfong, will be leading a seed saving workshop.

Contact: bob@seeds.ca

Integrating Seed Production into Market Gardens

Thursday September 11, 2014          
Fare Well Farm, 2095 Middle Rd
Kingston, ON

Contact: Aabir Dey at 519-855-4859 ex103,

Integrating Seed Production into Market Gardens

Wednesday September 17, 2014          
Saugeen River CSA, 314399 Hwy 6
Durham, ON

Contact: Aabir Day at 519-855-4859 ex103,

Harvesting, Cleaning & Processing Seed

Wednesday September 17, 2014          
Hawthorne Farm, 5961 5th Line Minto
Palmerston, ON

Contact: Aabir Day at 519-855-4859 ex103,

Fundamentals of Seed Production

Wednesday September 24, 2014          
Organic Farm, University of Guelph
Guelph, ON

Contact: Aabir Day at 519-855-4859 ex103,

Seed Production Trials & Selection

Saturday September 27, 2014          
Everdale Environmental Centre
Hillsburgh, ON

Contact: Aabir Day at 519-855-4859 ex103,

Seeds: Somebody Has to Save Them

May 1 - October 13          
BC Farm Museum, 9131 King St
Fort Langley, BC

Seeds: Somebody Has to Save Them
May 1 – October 13, 2014

Seeds. We save them, we plant them, and we eat them. Virtually every food we eat comes from a seed – but from where do all of the seeds come?

This new exhibition explores the vital link seeds have played in all areas of agriculture and pioneer life in Langley: from vegetable farming, to grain growing, to raising livestock. It will explore how seeds were planted, harvested, and processed; however the focus will be on how early settlers historically grew their own seed and cleaned it for the following year.

In this vein, this exhibit will also address the issues with the modern-day seed supply, and maintains that seeds remain at the heart of farming and agriculture in Langley, and beyond.

Contact: Kate Petrusa 778 840 7510 http://bcfma.com

Seeds of Diversity Gala Anniversary

Sunday October 26, 2014          9:30-3:00
Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Av
Victoria, BC

Please join Canada's Heritage seed saving organization, Seeds of Diversity, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. Pre-registration is required, except for the last hour, which is free to the public. See http://www.seeds.ca/ev/events.php for more information and registration form in September.

Choose between two workshops. Workshop #1, Seed Saving, is led by Michelle Smith, board member and Bauta seed extension agent, Atlantic Canada. Workshop #2, Roundtable Discussion for Seed Companies, is led by our Executive Director, Bob Wildfong. Then enjoy our luncheon, catered by local firm "Little Piggy," sourcing local and fresh ingredients. Visit the seed exchange table and seed vendor booths, which are open all day. Listen to our well-known guest speaker, Linda Gilkeson, whose topic is Year Round Harvest. She will be also be selling her books at our event.

Opening and Seed Vendors: 9:30
Workshops: 10:00 Choose from Seed Saving or Roundtable Discussion for Seed Companies
Annual General Meeting: 11:30
Gala Luncheon: 12:00
Special Guest Speaker: 1:00
FREE to Public: 2:00-3:00 Visit seed vendors.
End of event: 3:00

Contact:

Montreal Seed Conference

November 7-9          
Macdonald College, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue
Montreal, QC

Macdonald College,Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec
Building on the incredible success of their 2012 conference, The Eastern Canadian Organic Seed Growers’ Network (ECOSGN) is partnering with The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security and Seeds of Diversity Canada this year to host their second major ecological seed conference for Eastern Canada.

ECOSGN’s “Seed Connections” conference is a fully bilingual event bringing together farmers, seed-savers, seed companies, community gardeners, researchers, and experts on organic seed production to share knowledge, skills, and experience over a packed, 3-day agenda! Whether you are a beginner gardener or an expert seed producer, if you are interested in ecological seed in eastern Canada – this is the conference to attend!

A fully detailed schedule is coming soon, as well as information about how to register. Stay tuned to this website for updates.

Call for Proposals – Conference Sessions