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Commercial Organic Vegetable Seed Production Workshop - Winlaw, BC

FarmFolk CityFolk

Sunday, 15 July 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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Demand for organic seed is increasing across North America and many regions of BC offer a great growing environment for seed crops. On-farm seed production can bring additional revenue to your farm and help you grow seed optimally suited to your farm environment.

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.

Workshop Agenda

Morning - Valley Kitchen
5770 Cedar Creek Road, Winlaw, BC

  • Morning beverages and snacks
  • Participant and instructor introductions
  • Overview of seed production and on-farm selection
  • Self- and cross-pollinating crops and pollination mechanisms
  • Annual and biennial seed crop production
  • Maintaining genetic integrity:
    • Population sizes
    • Isolation distances
    • Isolation structures
  • Seed Processing
    • Wet-seeded crops
    • Dry-seeded crops
    • Scale-appropriate equipment
    • Seed storage
  • Seed contracts and financial planning
  • Seed production support resources in BC

-Break for catered lunch-

Afternoon - Crooked Horn Farm
5361 Filipoff Rd - Winlaw, BC

  • Farm tour
  • Crop selection and rogueing
  • Carrot seed crop overview
  • Carrot trial evaluation and activities


About the Presenters

Patrick Steiner has been growing organic seeds for close to two decades, and operating his own seed company Stellar Seeds, for the past seventeen years. He farms in the mountainous West Kootenays in British Columbia, where he balances the work of producing seeds and running a seed business with equally important work in local food security issues. He enjoys sharing the knowledge he has gained from years of first-hand experience with organic seed production. Patrick is currently the course instructor for Canadian Organic Growers online Organic Vegetable Seed Production course.

Chris Thoreau has been engaged in small-scale and urban food production in BC since 2001 as a farmer, educator, community organizer, and advocate. His career began in Victoria, BC operating a certified organic farm for 6 years where he first started working with seed. He learned the essentials of plant breeding and seed saving through local workshops and training with Washington State's Organic Seed Alliance as well through mentorship from an active community of vegetable seed growers across BC. Since 2008, Chris has been based in Vancouver, BC where he received his BSc. in Agroecology in 2011 from UBC - focusing his studies on urban farming, soil management, and small-scale plant breeding.

Farm Hygiene

A portion of this event will be taking place on a working farm so we request your assistance in reducing the risk of importing disease or pests during your visit. If you are coming from another farm for this workshop, you can help by,

  • Wearing non-farm clothing to the field day
  • If wearing farm footwear, please spray clean with water and sanitize with a bleach spray before coming to the field day
  • Do not bring any tools or other items which may be contaminated with soil or have the potential to carry disease spores

In general, please be mindful about this risk and do what you can to reduce the import and export of disease between farms in your area.

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Registration is non-refundable but can be transferred to someone else or used towards a different, approved, FarmFolk CityFolk event.

All event registrants will be added to our monthly BC Seeds newsletter list. Pictures and videos from the event may be used in promotional materials for FarmFolk CityFolk's seed security programs. Your registration in this workshop constitutes your approval for these actions. We do not sell or provide our participant lists to other organizations or use these lists for commercial purposes.

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Sunday, 15 July 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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FarmFolk CityFolk is a member-based not for profit society cultivating a local, sustainable food system in British Columbia. Our projects provide access to and protection of farmland; support local farmers, seed growers and producers; and engage communities in the celebration of local, seasonal, and sustainable food.

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