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 office@seeds.ca

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Do you have leftover seeds from your seed swap or seed library?

We can help circulate them to our representatives who will put them to good use at other community seed swaps. Every week during the winter, we mail books and table-top materials to Seedy Saturdays and Seedy Sundays all across the country, so we can easily include your leftover seeds in our packages. Our volunteers will make sure the seeds get to their local seed swap tables and seed libraries, so you'll know that they won't go to waste.

Mail your leftover seeds to:

Seeds of Diversity Canada
#1-12 Dupont St West
Waterloo ON N2L 2X6

Commercial Seed Production Workshops with Patrick Steiner

Tuesday July 10, 2018          
Prince George, BC

oin long-time organic seed producer and founder of Stellar Seeds, Patrick Steiner, for this two-day seed production workshop and field day in Prince George.This full-day workshop includes both classroom and field time as Patrick covers the fundamentals of seed production and then we head to the field to look at crops in the ground including a carrot seed crop and selection of carrot varieties as part of the BC Seed Trials.

Growing seed is one thing but marketing and selling it is another. Chris Thoreau from FarmFolk CityFolk will also present FFCF's research and resources on contract growing, seed enterprise budgets, and the BC Eco Seed Co-op.

Contact: bcseeds [at] farmfolkcityfolk.ca

Commercial Seed Production Workshops with Patrick Steiner

Sunday July 15, 2018          9 to 4
Afternoon - Crooked Horn Farm 5361 Filipoff Rd
Winlaw, BC

Join long-time organic seed producer and founder of Stellar Seeds, Patrick Steiner, for this one-day seed production workshop and field day in Winlaw. This full-day workshop includes both classroom and field time as Patrick covers the fundamentals of seed production and then we head to the field to look at crops in the ground including a carrot seed crop and selection of carrot varieties as part of the BC Seed Trials.

Growing seed is one thing but marketing and selling it is another. Chris Thoreau from FarmFolk CityFolk will also present FFCF's research and resources on contract growing, seed enterprise budgets, and the BC Eco Seed Co-op.

We are excited to be hosting the on-farm portion of the workshop at Crooked Horn Farm in Winlaw, whose vlalues strongly correspond with FarmFolk CityFolk's local seed production initiatives,

We believe that small-scale farming, using organic and ecological practices, is one of the most significant things that we can do to encourage a diverse ecosystem, feed our community truly healthy food, and make a small but important change in the world.

Workshop fees include lunch and morning beverages.

Contact: bcseeds [at] farmfolkcityfolk.ca

More information: www.eventbrite.ca/e/commercial-organic-seed-production-workshop-with-patrick-steiner-winlaw-bc-tickets-45958808032?mc_cid=d402564674&mc_eid=45139bbd48

Diversified Grain Farming

Monday July 16, 2018          1:30 to 5
Ironwood Organics, 446 Lower Oak Leaf Road
Athens - East, ON

Learn from both Chris and Martin during this half-day field tour and workshop about the best practices of how to grow diversified grains from seed to plate. On this field day, you will learn the fundamentals of cover crops, crop rotation, soil fertility, pest/disease management, participatory plant breeding, and value chain relationships for a diversified organic grain farm.

Contact: adey [at] usc-canada.org

More information: efao.ca/upcoming-events/?id=265

Seeds of Knowledge - Research Day

Saturday July 21, 2018          10 to 2
UBC Farm Market
Vancouver, BC

This event will highlight results from the golden and Chioggia beet variety trials in the BC Seed Trials as well as other research happening at UBC Farm - including the launch of the BC Food Web, an online database highlighting sustainable agriculture and food systems research in BC.

We will again be featuring our popular beet tasting that highlights our favourite red, golden and Chioggia beets! We will have plain beets for tasting and will feature some signature dishes prepared by BC Seed Trials Research Assistant and Chef, Carla Hick.

Seeds of Knowledge is kid friendly, so please bring the whole family along! The event takes place during The UBC Farm Market featuring the farm's glorious certifed organic produce, flowers, and herbs - so be sure to bring your shopping bags. The market also hosts other vendors from the region, making it a one-stop place for your weekly shopping.

Join us on a guided tour of the farm that highlights several research projects happening at the farm. Bring the youngsters along for the tour as there will be a biodiversity scavenger hunt!

Contact: bcseed [at] farmfolkcityfolk.ca

Field Day: Soil Health Management Tools & Participatory Variety Trials

Wednesday August 29, 2018          10 to 3
Fertile Ground Farm, 1560 Carmel-Koch Rd
St. Agatha, ON

ertile Ground CSA is one of the most established diversified market gardens in Ontario. Angie Koch is constantly experimenting with new projects and systems on how to run a well-managed ecological vegetable farm. Bring a pot luck item for lunch!

On this field day, you will get a chance to learn about two exciting projects at Fertile Ground CSA this year:

North American Variety Trial Network: A North America-wide variety trialling program on peppers working with over 50 farms across the U.S. and Canada.
Farmer-led Research Program: Angie is conducting her third research trial in cooperation with EFAO’s Farmer-led Research Program. This year, Angie is assessing her spader to reduce soil structure while still managing weeds.
The first half of the field day will focus on how to run successful on-farm vegetable variety trials. Angie is participating in the North American Variety Trial Network, evaluating different varieties of open-pollinated and hybrid bell peppers. The goals of the trial are to assess which varieties of peppers work best on her farm, and would be suitable for seed production and future plant breeding projects. We will walk you through how to set up a successful variety trial program for your farm.

The second half of the field day will focus on Angie’s farmer-led research trial, Assessing a spader for soil structure, and some common on-farm methods for measuring soil structure and overall soil health. Anne Verhallen of OMAFRA will join use to do in-field demonstrations using a soil penetrometer, water infiltration, soil respiration, and the tea test index for soil health as well as best practices for taking soil samples to send to laboratories for analyses.

Contact: adey [at] usc-canada.org

More information: efao.ca/upcoming-events/?id=267

Ontario Seed Variety Showcase Garden & Variety Tasting

Wednesday September 19, 2018          10 to 3
Everdale Environmental Learning Centre, 5812 6th Line
Hillsburgh, ON

Come celebrate seed diversity in Ontario! Vegetable farmers and seed growers all across the province are trying to figure out how to source more locally-adapted seed for their farms. The majority of all the vegetable seed most farmers use comes from outside our country, but there is so much great seed being grown here in Ontario. Come to Everdale and check out The Bauta Family Seed Initiative’s Ontario Seed Showcase Garden where you can see the best varieties produced and bred by Ontario growers all in one place! Bring a dish for the pot luck lunch.

This field day will include:

A tour of the showcase garden profiling the best-performing varieties from Ontario seed companies and farmers for market gardeners
A tour of participatory variety trial and plant breeding plots of peppers, winter squashes, and carrots for the EFAO’s Farmer-led Research Program
A variety tasting of a sample of the vegetables from the showcase garden and plant breeding programs, as part of a potluck lunch
An overview of all of the seed production and plant breeding efforts in the province, and how you can support local, ecological seed in Ontario

Contact: adey [at] usc-canada.org

More information: efao.ca/upcoming-events/?id=266

ACORN Conference

Monday November 26, 2018          to Nov 28
TBA
Charlottetown, PE

ECOSGN-EFAO Conference

Thursday December 6, 2018          Dec 6 to 8
Four Points by Sheraton, 1150 Wellington Road South
London, ON

The Bi-annual ECOSGN Conference is happening December 4 - 6, 2018, in London, ON in partnership with the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO). It is sure to be a fantastic conference, chock full of great seed content. If you are interested in attending, you may be eligible for a Capacity Building Grant to support up to $500 of your travel and registration costs.

Contact: conference [at] efao.ca

More information: conference.efao.ca/