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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 Seed to Support Your Market Garden

Thursday September 1, 2016          1 to 4 pm
Common Ground Farm, 6986 Middle River Road
St. Thomas, ON

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More information: https://efao.ca/upcoming-events/

Growing Heritage Grains, Dry Beans, & OP Corn

Monday September 12, 2016          
Nature Lane Farms
Chatham-Kent, ON

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Overwintering Biennials for Seed Production

Wednesday September 14, 2016          1 to 4 pm
Whole Circle Farm, 8786 Wellington 50, RR 3
Acton, ON

Offered in partnership with The Bauta Family Initiative on Family Seed Security
Over the past 3 years Whole Circle Farm has reintroduced seed production back into its farming system in order to rebuild their own seed supply for the varieties they grow on their farm. Rebecca Ivanoff, their resident expert, has been adapting several varieties of both annual and biennial vegetable crops for their market garden. Come for a tour of Whole Circle Farm to see how they are successfully integrating seed production into their market garden, and also learn about the principles of storing crops such as beets, carrots, cabbage, and onions for biennial seed production.

Contact:

More information: https://efao.ca/upcoming-events/

Techniques for Harvesting and Cleaning Seed

Monday September 19, 2016          9:30 to 4:30
Saugeen River CSA & Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds
Durham, then Palmerston, ON

9:30am – 12:00pm
Cory Eichman operates Saugeen River CSA and has been a skilled biodynamic farmer and seed grower for a number of years. Cory helped start up Seeds of Transition, a collaborative seed production effort through a number of neighbouring farmers and Hawthorn Farm. Come for a tour of Cory's farm in the morning and learn some techniques of how to efficiently integrate seed production into your market garden operation.

Part 2:
1:30pm – 4:30pm
Join in for the afternoon session with Kim Delaney at Hawthorn Farm to learn best practices on how to clean high quality vegetable seed. At this workshop you will learn all about, seed harvesting times and techniques, drying, and cleaning methods; equipment needs and sources, relative to your scale of seed production; and equipment sharing and collaboration with other seed growers.

You may register for one or both of these events.

Contact:

More information: http://efao.ca/upcoming-events/

Late Season Considerations for Seed Crops Webinar

Monday September 19, 2016          4-5:30 pm Eastern Time

Please join ACORN and Chris Sanford of Yonder Hill Farm (NS) for this webinar covering late season considerations for your seed crops.

This is an intermediate-level webinar, designed for growers who already have at least a basic skill level in seed saving (a season or two experience). This webinar is free for ACORN members and members of the Atlantic Canada Regional Seed Bank Grower Network. For others there is a cost of $25. Please note: there is another seed webinar in this series in May. The non-member cost of both webinars = cost of an individual membership.

To pay, please contact Stephanie Hughes at (902) 453-4455.

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More information: http://rsvp.momentumconferencing.com/event/1276

Seed Saving Workshop

Saturday September 24, 2016          
Fraser Common Farm, 25775 12 Av
Langley, BC

with David Catzel.

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Best Practices for Harvesting and Cleaning Seed

Monday September 26, 2016          9 to 12
9788 County Rd 10, Campbellcroft
Hastings | Campbellcroft, ON

Urban Harvest has been harvesting and selling seed in the Toronto area for nearly 20 years and offers over 100 kinds of seed! This year, Colette Murphy is working with Seeds of Diversity Canada and The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, increasing the availability of locally-adapted bean seed. On September 26th, join us for a second workshop at Urban Harvest for the opportunity to learn seed-harvesting and cleaning techniques from experienced seed-saver and owner of Urban Harvest, Colette Murphy.

Register for both this and July 26 workshops and save! Hosted by BFICSS and Farms at Work. (705) 743-7671 if you have any questions.

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More information: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/seed-saving-in-the-kawarthas-tickets-25546255538

Field Day: Organic Potato Production- Best Practices and Variety Trials

Wednesday September 28, 2016          1:30pm - 4:30pm
Orchard Hill Farm, 45415 Fruit Ridge Line
St. Thomas, ON

This event is offered in partnership with The Bauta Family Initiative on Family Seed Security
Come to Orchard Hill Farm to learn about how new potato varieties are developed and learn about the diversity of potato varieties that are already available. Duane Falk, a plant breeder from the University of Guelph, has been doing breeding work for cereals for over 30 years, and he is now applying that knowledge as the potato breeder for the BFICSS participatory plant breeding project on potatoes. Orchard Hill Farm is one of the participants in the potato project, so be sure to check out this is a one-of-a-kind field day and come see some of the most innovative work in organic potato breeding in the country.

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More information: https://efao.ca/upcoming-events/

Seed Saving Workshop

Saturday October 1, 2016          2 to 4 pm
UBC
Vancouver, BC

This workshop will provide you with the knowledge needed to understand the basic principles behind seed saving. It will also allow you to learn all the necessaries to begin seed saving. Topics covered during the workshop include: the basics of plants reproduction, easy and difficult plants to save seeds from, and the vocabulary of the seed saving world. The theory of seed saving will be complemented by hands-on techniques and demonstrations.

Cost

$40 ($32 for registered students -- valid student ID is required) + GST

Contact:

More information: https://lfs-ubcfarm-epayment.sites.olt.ubc.ca/upcoming-workshops/oct-1-seed-saving/

Best Practices for Harvesting and Cleaning Seed

Tuesday October 4, 2016          
Just Food, 2389 Pepin Court
Ottawa, ON

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The Business of Seed: Some Commercial Considerations Webinar

Wednesday October 19, 2016          4 pm est

The commercial sector for organic and ecological seeds in Canada is growing. Supporting that growth means exploring how to overcome barriers to scaling up seed volumes, and increasing seed quality, as well as designing effective contracts, and creative marketing schemes to get that seed into people’s hands. During this webinar, we’ll hear from Canadian and US seed trailblazers about how they’re making it work. We'll hear from:

Tom Stearns, founder of High Mowing Organic Seeds, on “Scaling Up”;
Sebastian Aguilar, Chickadee Farm (Oregon, US) on “Seed Relationships and Contracts”;
Patrice Fortier, la société des plantes, on “Developing a Market for Regional Seed"

More information: Register at http://www.seedsecurity.ca/en/117-webinar-series

Seed Festival & Seeds of Diversity's AGM

Saturday November 5, 2016          
Truro Farmer’s Market, 15 Young St.
Truro, NS

Come celebrate seeds with us at the Truro Farmer's Market. Seeds of Diversity Canada is partnering with the Truro Market to host a Seed Harvest Celebration during the Saturday market, 8:30 to 1 pm followed by the SoDC Annual General meeting at 2 PM in the Market Annex. There will be demonstrations of seed cleaning techniques, a children's corner where the Little Sprouts who were given their own heritage tomatoes and beans to grow this spring can tell us how they did and get a certificate and prize pack. Vendor growers who save seed or use traditional varieties on their farm will be celebrated as well throughout the morning. Add a Seed Swap Table, a "Guess the Beans" draw and a host of other seed-related activities and we've got a real Seedy Celebration! And at the AGM, Seeds of Diversity members can vote for the new Board and tell us directly how they think we're doing. So Seed Heads all should head out to the Truro Farmer's Market, first Saturday in November. We'll see you there!
If you are planning to come and have a seedy idea you think would be great or just want more information, send a line to

Organic Seed Production Webinars-July to November

Tuesday November 15, 2016          2 pm EST

Tue, Jul 19, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EDT
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EDT
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EDT
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EDT
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EST
A new six-webinar series on organic seed production will provide training for seed growers and seed production interns throughout the 2016 growing season (June - November). This series, offered by Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA), will cover a range of topics, from planting to harvest to the economics of seed production.

The series is delivered as part of a new seed internship program offered by OSA and MESA with support from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. The free webinars are open to the public and appropriate for farmers, interns, students, and other agricultural professionals. They will take place on the third Tuesday of each month, and the first one was June 21st, but you can still catch the final 5!

All webinars take place at 11AM Pacific.

Contact:

More information: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1033801889354662914