Organic Vegetable Seed Production - Creston

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College Of The Rockies Creston Campus

Room 113 - 301 16 Avenue South

Creston, BC V0B 1G5

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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.


Morning Workshop Overview

Join long-time organic seed producer and founder of Stellar Seeds, Patrick Steiner, for this one-day seed production workshop and field day at College of the Rockies in Creston. This full-day workshop includes both classroom and field time as Patrick covers the fundamentals of seed production before we head to the field to look at crops in the ground.

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


Afternoon Field Day Portion

The afternoon field portion will be held at a local farm yet to be determined!

Patrick will take us on a walk through some crops to look at selection, roguing, and other important considerations when growing a seed crop.

We'll also introduce on-farm, seed cleaning and the new FarmFolk CityFolk Mobile Seed Cleaning Unit. We'll look at multiple ways to clean seed and have some seed on hand to practice with.


Workshop Follow up

If you feel compelled to take your seed production to the next level after the workshop, Patrick will be available for consults through the Kootenay Boundary Farm Advisors. Patrick can help you with several seed production aspects including:

  • Develop a seed production plan for your farm
  • Provide mentorship and guidance if you are already growing seed crops
  • Work with you to make sure you are taking into consideration the necessary factors for successful seed production (isolation distance, population size, selection, etc.)
  • Support in putting together a budget and marketing plan

FarmFolk CityFolk also offers two-hour consult sessions for its seed enterprise budget spreadsheet tool.


Workshop fees include lunch and morning beverages.


Workshop Agenda

Morning - College of the Rockies

301 16th Avenue, Creston, BC, V0B 1G0

  • 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 - Farm TBC

  • Farm tour
  • Crop selection and rogueing
  • Carrot seed crop overview
  • Carrot trial evaluation and activities
  • Presentation of the New FFCF Mobile Seed Cleaning Unit!

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.


Event Questions? email chris@farmfolkcityfolk.ca

Disclaimers!

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.

This information is collected by FarmFolk CityFolk under 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used for project delivery. Should you have any questions about the collection of this personal information please contact bcseeds@farmfolkcityfolk.ca.

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This event is funded in part by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Government of British Columbia through the Agri-Food Futures Fund. This program is delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C.

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College Of The Rockies Creston Campus

Room 113 - 301 16 Avenue South

Creston, BC V0B 1G5

Canada

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