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June 2016

Last Chance to Contribute to the Great Canadian Giving Challenge

Have you heard about the Great Canadian Giving Challenge? It's an initiative of CanadaHelps, a fantastic champion of Canadian charities, helping to get the word out that non-profits often need extra support in the summertime when donations tend to decline.

We know you're busy in your garden, and your seeds are probably already planted, but take a moment to consider that Seeds of Diversity needs your donations to keep busy too. Throughout the month of June, every dollar you donate to Seeds of Diversity through qualifies us in a donation contest to win $10,000. Get all the details at

Whether we win the contest or not, every dollar you donate is also a big help to organize seed savers in Canada's biggest heritage seed saving network. This year, we have volunteers growing over 100 varieties of heritage seeds to preserve them in our Canadian Seed Library. Next year, we want to expand that to 200, and your donations will make it possible!

Remember to use this special CanadaHelps link to make your donation, so they can count it toward our contest total!


Seed Production Grants are Available

The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, in partnership with host organizations and expert seed savers across Canada, has been offering training on seed production since 2013. There are also excellent training opportunities outside our program. These events can be difficult for many to attend because of the significant travel and accommodation costs.

To help make these opportunities more accessible for the Canadian seed community, in 2016 we are offering Seed Production Capacity Building Grants. There are two options to apply for these grants: (1) Seed Training Event Support and (2) Custom Seed Learning Support.


Summertime Reading

Looking for some great summertime reading? Every Seed Tells a Tale - Stories of Plants, People & Places That Have Contributed to Canada's Seed Heritage is the book for you.

We know our members enjoy reading Seeds of Diversity magazine, and we've had some great articles over nearly three decades of publication. So we collected some of our favourites and published them together, with new photos and illustrations, and updates on old stories.


Taking a Closer Look at our Crops

How closely do you look at your plants? It’s not hard to notice if your tomato plant starts developing yellow leaves or black spots or when some bean plants start drying down earlier than others. But have you ever measured the distance between leaf nodes on the main stem of your tomato plants? Or compared the shape of the cotyledons of your lettuce seedlings? The seed growers of the Vegetable Seed Producers Network (VSPN) are using Seeds of Diversity’s crop descriptor forms to do just that.

The closer we look at our plants the more we learn about them. This information is valuable for a number of reasons. It can be used to identify “off-type” plants, or plants that display different varietal traits than the rest of the population. It can also be used to improve varieties by making them more uniform or by selecting for specific, defined characteristics.


Introducing Bee City Canada

Happy Pollinator Week! This is a great occasion to highlight a new program that can have a big impact on our pollinators: Bee City Canada (BCC). BCC supports the establishment of sustainable habitats for pollinators in communities across the country.

Urban areas that are properly managed can serve as havens for dwindling wild bee populations. For example, Ontario is a biodiversity hotspot for wild pollinators, with 409 of 855 nationally recorded bee species – the highest bee diversity of any province. Ontario’s capital city Toronto has recorded over 300 of those species!


In this issue

Seed Production Grants are Available

Summertime Reading

Taking a Closer Look at our Crops

Introducing Bee City Canada

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Golden Beet Trials Evaluation
Thursday June 30  2- 5 pm
Local Harvest Farm
Chilliwack, BC

Unbeatable Golden Beet Tasting
Saturday July 9   9:30 to 12
UBC Farm
Vancouver, BC

Field Training Days on Vancouver Island
Tuesday July 19, 2016          
The Urban Farm, July 19 & 20
Nanaimo, BC

Organic Seed Production Workshop
Wednesday July 20, 2016          
Whole Circle Farm, 8786 Wellington 50, RR 3
Acton, ON

Seed Production with Dr. John Navazio
Thursday July 21, 2016          
Local Harvest Farm
Chilliwack, BC

20th Anniversary of the Cottage Gardener
Saturday July 23, 2016          
4199 Gilmore Road, RR#1
Newtonville, ON

Seed Saving in the Kawarthas
Tuesday July 26, 2016    9 am to 12
Chick a Biddy Acres
5009 County Road 2, RR3, Hastings, ON

Saanich Organics Beet Trials Evaluation
Wednesday July 27, 2016          
Northbrook Farm
Saanich, BC

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