San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Growing & Processing Good-Quality Seed
When: Saturday, September 5, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00
- But arrive early for the UBC Farm Saturday Market which runs from 9:00 - 1:00!
Where: UBC Farm - 3461 Ross Drive
Cost: Free! But registration required...
Growing good-quality seed is important if we want to grow good-quality crops. Doing so is not necessarily difficult, but requires care and attention throughout the lifecycle of your seed crop.
Join UBC Farm's Mel Sylvestre on a Seed Production Field Day as she takes us through the essential points to keep in mind in order to ensure you are producing good seed. Mel will also demonstrate some basic seed-processing methods using equipment suitable for the home or small-scale commercial seed grower.
Mel will discuss a number of topics, with examples in the fields and greenhouses:
- Growing Selfers and Crossers
- Seasonal crop care for seed crops
- Selection and roguing
- Using structures for end-of-season weather protection
- Harvesting, handling and processing seeds
- Processing methods for different seeds
- Identifying seed-quality indicators
- Record Keeping
Mel will use in-field and hands-on exercises to demonstrate seed handling techniques working with a variety of crops including:
Mel will also discuss other crops as questions arise.
Come join us for the Field Day and the Farmers Market!
UBC Farm Seed Hub Coordinator Mel Sylvestre is one of the founding member of the BC Eco Seed Co-op. She incorporated seed production in her farming practices about 6 years ago and since then, seeds have been taking more and more space in her life and fields! She is committed in bringing vigor back to open-pollinated crop varieties and offer quality seeds to BC producers.
The UBC Farm Seed Hub is a place where production, education, research & development, and community converge. The project was initiated in 2012 under the guidance of a UBC Land and Food Systems directed studies and is today an integrated part of the The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm.
Have a question? Contact event organizer, Chris Thoreau: email@example.com
This Field Day is funded by the Bauta Family Initiative for Canadian Seed Security. The Bauta Initiative is delivered by USC Canada, in partnership with Seeds of Diversity Canada and through the generous support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.
To learn more about this program in BC, visit us online: www.BCSeeds.org.
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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.