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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

The People's Choice: Seed Questions across Canada

Wednesday December 2, 2015          4 to 5:30 pm EST

You must register to participate in this webinar

This webinar is designed according to feedback we've collected from across Canada. We'll kick it off with a presentation on "OnFarm Roguing, Selection, and Adaptation" by Dan Brisebois of Tourne-Sol Farm (QC). We'll also welcome our first "seed panel" of experts from across Canada who will address YOUR most important questions about seed - both presubmitted, and live! So please bring your curiosity and come prepared to engage!

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Workshop at the EFAO Conference

Friday December 4, 2015          8:30 to 10 am
Four Points by Sheraton
London, ON

Farmer-Led Breeding: Regionally-Adapted Vegetable Varieties for Market Gardens

How do we develop varieties for vegetable growers that are regionally-adapted, flavourful, nutritious, and unique? Learn from seed producers, Matthew and Petra at Fruition Seeds, and organic plant breeder, Dr. Michael Mazourek of Cornell University, as they discuss their work on improving and developing regionally-adapted greens, peppers, squashes, radishes, and beets for market gardens, as part of one of the most innovative organic plant breeding projects in North America.

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Workshop at the EFAO Conference

Friday December 4, 2015          1:30 to 5
Four Points by Sheraton
London, ON

Growing Diversified Grains: Production and Marketing Opportunities

Heather Darby is an Agronomic Specialist with the University of Vermont Extension and we are honoured to have her in Ontario to discuss the challenges and opportunities of growing diversified heritage grains. Learn from Heather as she discusses how growers are addressing the agronomic and economic landscape of diversified ecological grain production.


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Workshop at the EFAO Conference

Saturday December 5, 2015          1:30 to 3 pm
Four Points by Sheraton
London, ON

Rogueing and Selection for Vegetable Seed Production

Learn from expert seed grower, Kim Delaney, Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds, as she discusses seed crop planning techniques and crop-specific rogueing and selection strategies for beans, beets, lettuces, cucumbers, peppers, peas, and squashes. An essential workshop for growers seeking to understand how to continuously maintain and improve the quality of their seed crops.


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Saanich Seedy Sunday

Sunday January 10, 2016          10 to 2
Haliburton Farm, 741 Haliburton Rd
Saanich, BC

Essentials of Seed Growing on Market Gardens: Crop Planning and On-Farm Selection

Thursday January 28, 2016          1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
OMAFRA, 1 Stone Road
Guelph, ON

Learn how to develop a seed crop plan and crop-specific selection strategies for market garden vegetables.

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Organic Seed Alliance: 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference

February 3-6, 2016 in Corvallis Oregon          

(Although this is a U.S. conference, it has been very popular with Canadian seed growers, and this year the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security is presenting a significant amount of Canadian content.)

Join Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and co-hosts Oregon State University, Washington State University, and eOrganic for the largest organic seed event in the U.S. Expand your seed knowledge and skills, hear the latest in scientific research, and discover new resources and tools that help you breed, grow, and sell more seed. Together we are changing our food system one seed at a time. Join OSA for this unique opportunity to trade knowledge, techniques, and ideas that strengthen our organic seed community — it’s the only event of its kind!

The biennial conference brings together hundreds of farmers, plant breeders, seed companies, food companies, organic certifiers, policy advocates, and other stakeholders for two days of presentations, panel discussions, and networking events. This is a unique opportunity to trade knowledge, techniques, and ideas that strengthen our rapidly growing organic seed community. The conference week includes an agenda of over 90 experts in their fields and more than thirty sessions, a daylong organic seed production intensive, a tour of organic seed in the Willamette Valley, and a number of social events, including a vegetable tasting from OSA trials. You can also expect good organic food, live music, celebrations, and great networking opportunities.

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Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday

Saturday February 6, 2016          10 to 3:30
Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, 747 Jones St.
Qualicum Beach, BC

Speakers: Linda Gilkeson

Contact: Connie Kuramoto

Ladner Seedy Saturday

Saturday February 20, 2016          10 to 4
Harris Barn,4140 Arthur Drive
Ladner, BC

Mission: To promote seed diversity and encourage organic growing methods

Contact: Kristin Crouch

Sooke Seedy Saturday

Saturday February 27, 2016          10 to 3
Sooke Community Hall, 2037 Shields Rd
Sooke, BC

Contact: 250-642-3671 or email mary alice johnson

Saskatoon Seedy Saturday

Saturday February 27, 2016          10 to 4
Saskatoon, SK

Courtenay Seedy Saturday

Saturday March 5, 2016          10 am
Florence Filberg Centre
Courtenay, BC

The Comox Valley growers and Seed Savers present:
Celebrating Soil.

Gilles Seedy Saturday

Saturday March 5, 2016          1 to 4
Gillies Community Centre
Gilles, ON

Seed Swap and Social

London Seedy Saturday

Saturday March 5, 2016          10 to 3
Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre 656 Elizabeth Street
London, ON

Sudbury Seedy Sunday

Sunday March 6, 2016          10 to 3
Parkside Centre, 140 Durham St
Sudbury, ON

Guest Speakers, Seed Swap, Adopt-a-Seed,
Used Book Sale, Vendors, Exhibitors, Kids' Corner,
The Seedy Café and Harmony Café
(free admission)

Contact: Hermina Hubert

Red Deer Seedy Saturday

Saturday March 12, 2016          
Red Deer College
Red Deer, AB

March 12 & 13 - in concert with our EcoLiving Fair + Workshops 5th Anniversary.