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My idea of gardening is to discover something wild in my wood and weed around it with the utmost care until it has a chance to grow and spread.
- Margaret Bourke-White
Seeds of Diversity thanks the
J.W. McConnell Family Foundation,
the October Hill Foundation,
The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security
for their support.

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Seedy Events

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

Heirloom Tomato Celebration

Saturday August 23, 2014          10 am to 1 pm
Heirloom Seed Sanctuary, 1200 Princess St
Kingston, ON

It is time once again for our annual Heirloom Tomato Celebration where you can taste around 30 different varieties of heirloom tomatoes, participate in a tomato seed saving workshop, and have a guided tour of our gardens!

Also this year there will be educational and fun children’s activities by the Kingston Area Seed System Initiative (K.A.S.S.I.). All events are free and everyone is welcome!


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Build Your Own Small-Scale Seed Winnowing Equipment

Wednesday August 27, 2014          1 to 4
Cottage Gardener Heirloom Seedhouse & Nursery
Newtonville, ON

Cost: $65 per person (includes workshop materials)

Want to learn how to build your own seed cleaner? In collaboration with Farms @ Work, Dan Brittain, of The Cottage Gardener, will be leading a workshop on how to build your own open-source design seed winnower. Used by small-scale growers across North America and Europe, the winnower is ideal for cleaning small-seeded crops (e.g. lettuce, carrots, onions, etc.) by removing chaff in an efficient and effective manner.

For more information on this workshop and to register, please visit Farms at Work. Pre-registration is required as space is limited to 15 people. If there is enough interest, a second session for the same day will be opened up. Ticket sales start Friday, May 30 at If you are unable to register because the session is full, please send an email to


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The Birds and the Beans

Thursday August 28, 2014          9:30 to 4:30
1821 D Anderton Rd
Comox, BC

Growing Grains & Beans Field Day

9:30 -- Welcome and introductions
10:00 -- Why Grains and Beans?
10:30 -- Growing and harvesting
11:30 -- Farm tour
12:30 -- Lunch in the field
1:30 -- Harvesting & cleaning
3:00 -- Discussion on growing more & overcoming obstacles to bulking up
4:30 -- Close

No charge, Lunch provided

Space is limited, please pre-register by sending an email to:

with Dan Jason from Salt Spring Seeds & Rupert Adams from the BFICSS Hosted by the farmers from the Birds and the Beans Farm in Comox.

Locally grown grains and beans complement a robust and diversified regional food system. There are hundreds of rare and heritage varieties that aren't commonly found in seed catalogues, including those that are high-yielding, have a shorter growing season, and have superior flavour. The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security invites you to an on-farm Field Day looking at various aspects of growing grains and beans for food and seed. Spend a day in beautiful Comox learning alongside other local growers and farmers about the importance of regionally-adapted grain and bean seed, hands-on experience with techniques for harvesting and cleaning, and suggestions for how to bulk up your production.

Dan Jason created the seed company Salt Spring Seeds almost three decades ago, specializing in growing heritage and heirloom open-pollinated and non-GMO seed varieties of vegetables and plants.
Rupert Adams works with the national Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, and has grown seed for over a decade with Salt Spring Seeds, The Seed Sanctuary, and Kairos Botanicals.
The Birds & The Beans is a partnership of four new farmers growing vegetables, raising chickens, and growing staple crops such as grains and beans, all on leased land in the Comox Valley.

Contact: or 604-487-1522

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Rogueing & Selection of Seeds (CRAFT interns only)

Wednesday September 10, 2014          
Whole Circle Farm
Acton, ON

Contact: Aabir Day at 519-855-4859 ex103,

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Seed Saving

Wednesday September 10, 2014          7 pm
Salvation Army Church
Kitchener, ON

Seeds of Diversity's executive director, Bob Wildfong, will be leading a seed saving workshop.


Integrating Seed Production into Market Gardens

Thursday September 11, 2014          
Fare Well Farm, 2095 Middle Rd
Kingston, ON

Contact: Aabir Dey at 519-855-4859 ex103,

Integrating Seed Production into Market Gardens

Wednesday September 17, 2014          
Saugeen River CSA, 314399 Hwy 6
Durham, ON

Contact: Aabir Day at 519-855-4859 ex103,

Harvesting, Cleaning & Processing Seed

Wednesday September 17, 2014          
Hawthorne Farm, 5961 5th Line Minto
Palmerston, ON

Contact: Aabir Day at 519-855-4859 ex103,

Fundamentals of Seed Production

Wednesday September 24, 2014          
Organic Farm, University of Guelph
Guelph, ON

Contact: Aabir Day at 519-855-4859 ex103,

Seed Production Trials & Selection

Saturday September 27, 2014          
Everdale Environmental Centre
Hillsburgh, ON

Contact: Aabir Day at 519-855-4859 ex103,

Seeds: Somebody Has to Save Them

May 1 - October 13          
BC Farm Museum, 9131 King St
Fort Langley, BC

Seeds: Somebody Has to Save Them
May 1 – October 13, 2014

Seeds. We save them, we plant them, and we eat them. Virtually every food we eat comes from a seed – but from where do all of the seeds come?

This new exhibition explores the vital link seeds have played in all areas of agriculture and pioneer life in Langley: from vegetable farming, to grain growing, to raising livestock. It will explore how seeds were planted, harvested, and processed; however the focus will be on how early settlers historically grew their own seed and cleaned it for the following year.

In this vein, this exhibit will also address the issues with the modern-day seed supply, and maintains that seeds remain at the heart of farming and agriculture in Langley, and beyond.

Contact: Kate Petrusa 778 840 7510

Seeds of Diversity Gala Anniversary

Sunday October 26, 2014          9:30-3:00
Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Av
Victoria, BC

Please join Canada's Heritage seed saving organization, Seeds of Diversity, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. Pre-registration is required, except for the last hour, which is free to the public. See for more information and registration form in September.

Choose between two workshops. Workshop #1, Seed Saving, is led by Michelle Smith, board member and Bauta seed extension agent, Atlantic Canada. Workshop #2, Roundtable Discussion for Seed Companies, is led by our Executive Director, Bob Wildfong. Then enjoy our luncheon, catered by local firm "Little Piggy," sourcing local and fresh ingredients. Visit the seed exchange table and seed vendor booths, which are open all day. Listen to our well-known guest speaker, Linda Gilkeson, whose topic is Year Round Harvest. She will be also be selling her books at our event.

Opening and Seed Vendors: 9:30
Workshops: 10:00 Choose from Seed Saving or Roundtable Discussion for Seed Companies
Annual General Meeting: 11:30
Gala Luncheon: 12:00
Special Guest Speaker: 1:00
FREE to Public: 2:00-3:00 Visit seed vendors.
End of event: 3:00


ECOSGN "Seed Connections" Conference

November 7-9          
Macdonald College, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue
Montreal, QC

Building on the incredible success of their 2012 conference, The Eastern Canadian Organic Seed Growers’ Network (ECOSGN) is partnering with The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security and Seeds of Diversity Canada this year to host their second major ecological seed conference for Eastern Canada.

ECOSGN’s “Seed Connections” conference is a fully bilingual event bringing together farmers, seed-savers, seed companies, community gardeners, researchers, and experts on organic seed production to share knowledge, skills, and experience over a packed, 3-day agenda! Whether you are a beginner gardener or an expert seed producer, if you are interested in ecological seed in eastern Canada – this is the conference to attend!

For full conference details, please visit: