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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Farm Research Field Day
Monday September 16, 2019 2 to 5
1121 Chapman Settlement Road, Amherst Shore, NS
Wysmykal Farm is one of 7 farms in Atlantic Canada leading innovative on-farm research projects to adapt and improve varieties of our favourite crops, in partnership with USC Canada. This field day will feature a farm tour and talks by farmers Charles and Jessy, as well visiting researcher, Helen Jensen of USC Canada. We'll hear about their on-farm variety trials, how on-farm research is contributing to a national plant breeding program, and why farms are such important innovation hubs for plant breeding. All are welcome to this free event, especially organic and ecological farmers who have an interest in conducting trials and research on their own farms.
Questions? Please contact Steph Hughes at shughes [at] usc-canada.org. This event is proudly hosted by The Bauta Family Initiative, a project of USC Canada, in partnership with ACORN.
4th Biannual Seed Gathering
Friday November 8, 2019
On Nov 8 and 9.
Seed Business Training
Tuesday November 12, 2019
November 12-13 (tentative dates)
The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security will host a free, one and a half day workshop on The Business of Seed with Mary Brittain (of the former Cottage Gardener Heirloom Seedhouse, Ontario) in November 2019.
This training session will focus on the business aspects of commercial organic seed production in order to successfully market and sell your seed crops. It will not address actual seed growing and will assume participants have an intermediate-advanced level of seed production experience. It is intended for seed growers who have saved seed from, or cultivated as seed crops, annual and/or biennial vegetables and/or grains for multiple seasons; understand basic plant biology and the requirements for high quality commercial seed production such as isolation distances, minimum populations and selection; and have commercialized seed crops or are planning to do so.
Date confirmation, location and cost details, and other information coming soon!
Contact: shughes [at] usc-canada.org
ECOSGN Biannual Conference
Friday November 15, 2019
November 15-16, the Eastern Canada Organic Seed Growers Network (ECOSGN) will host its biannual gathering. The planning committee is looking for workshop proposals. *If you have a great idea for content you'd like to present, please complete the call for proposals at link below. Your proposal should fall under one of the themes addressed at the event, which include:
* Indigenous seed and agricultural initiatives
* Marketing and profitability
* Culinary evaluation
* Germination testing and quality assurance
* Importing and exporting seeds
* Storing bi-annuals
* Selection and plant breeding