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
Field Day: Organic Potato Production- Best Practices and Variety Trials
Wednesday September 28, 2016 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Orchard Hill Farm, 45415 Fruit Ridge Line
St. Thomas, ON
This event is offered in partnership with The Bauta Family Initiative on Family Seed Security
Come to Orchard Hill Farm to learn about how new potato varieties are developed and learn about the diversity of potato varieties that are already available. Duane Falk, a plant breeder from the University of Guelph, has been doing breeding work for cereals for over 30 years, and he is now applying that knowledge as the potato breeder for the BFICSS participatory plant breeding project on potatoes. Orchard Hill Farm is one of the participants in the potato project, so be sure to check out this is a one-of-a-kind field day and come see some of the most innovative work in organic potato breeding in the country.
More information: https://efao.ca/upcoming-events/
Seed Saving Workshop
Saturday October 1, 2016 2 to 4 pm
This workshop will provide you with the knowledge needed to understand the basic principles behind seed saving. It will also allow you to learn all the necessaries to begin seed saving. Topics covered during the workshop include: the basics of plants reproduction, easy and difficult plants to save seeds from, and the vocabulary of the seed saving world. The theory of seed saving will be complemented by hands-on techniques and demonstrations.
$40 ($32 for registered students -- valid student ID is required) + GST
More information: https://lfs-ubcfarm-epayment.sites.olt.ubc.ca/upcoming-workshops/oct-1-seed-saving/
Best Practices for Harvesting and Cleaning Seed
Tuesday October 4, 2016 10 to 3
Greta's Organic Gardens, 399 River Rd
Learn from Greta Kryger, of Greta’s Organic Garden and George Wright of Castor River Farm, at this intensive on Best Practises for Seed & Grain Cleaning. Greta will provide a detailed overview of the fundamentals of vegetable seed cleaning. Afterwards, George Wright will demonstrate grain cleaning with his mobile grain cleaner. This is an essential workshop for all farmers and seed growers seeking to understand how to effectively clean your vegetable seeds for commercial sale.
Payment can be made by PayPal in advance of the workshop or made at the workshop itself.
More information: http://justfood.nationbuilder.com/best_practises_for_vegetable_seed_grain_cleaning_workshop
Seed Processing Workshop
Saturday October 15, 2016
Local Harvest market, 7697 Lickman Rd
The Business of Seed: Some Commercial Considerations Webinar
Wednesday October 19, 2016 4 pm est
The commercial sector for organic and ecological seeds in Canada is growing. Supporting that growth means exploring how to overcome barriers to scaling up seed volumes, and increasing seed quality, as well as designing effective contracts, and creative marketing schemes to get that seed into people’s hands. During this webinar, we’ll hear from Canadian and US seed trailblazers about how they’re making it work. We'll hear from:
Tom Stearns, founder of High Mowing Organic Seeds, on “Scaling Up”;
Sebastian Aguilar, Chickadee Farm (Oregon, US) on “Seed Relationships and Contracts”;
Patrice Fortier, la société des plantes, on “Developing a Market for Regional Seed"
More information: Register at http://www.seedsecurity.ca/en/117-webinar-series
Native Plant Seeding Workshop
Saturday October 22, 2016 1 to 4 pm
Hidden Habitat, 2017 Southwood Road
The workshop will begin with a basic introduction into native plant gardening and plant selection and tour the Hidden Habitat gardens in the making.
In the workshop participants will:
learn which plants are ideal to grow from seed
learn how and when to seed a variety of Ontario native grasses and wildflower seeds
learn how and when to collect seeds from your own garden
learn how to save and properly store your seeds
learn the benefits and drawbacks to direct seeding outdoors vs. germinating indoors
learn methods of seed preparation such as cold moist stratification and seed scarification.
enjoy warming beverages and light refreshments around an open fire
leave excited about the possibilities in your own garden.
Workshop will be outdoors and hands on so please dress for the weather and for the garden.
More information: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/native-plant-seeding-workshop-tickets-27939752552
Seed Festival & Seeds of Diversity's AGM
Saturday November 5, 2016 8:30 to 2
Truro Farmer’s Market, 15 Young St.
Come celebrate seeds with us at the Truro Farmer's Market. Seeds of Diversity Canada is partnering with the Truro Market to host a Seed Harvest Celebration during the Saturday market, 8:30 to 1 pm followed by the SoDC Annual General meeting at 2 PM in the Market Annex. Admission is free.
*Demonstrations of seed cleaning techniques
*A children's corner where the Little Sprouts who were given their own heritage tomatoes and beans to grow this spring can tell us how they did and get a certificate and prize pack.
*A celebration of our vendor growers who save seed or use traditional varieties on their farm
*Our Seed Swap Table
* "Guess the Beans" draw
and a host of other seed-related activities!
At 1, as the market winds down, take time to eat food you brought or bought at the market, while we set up for the AGM. At the AGM, Seeds of Diversity members can vote for the new Board and tell us directly how they think we're doing.
We've got a real Seedy Celebration planned, and we hope you'll join us!
If you are planning to come and have a seedy idea you think would be great or just want more information, send a line to
Organic Seed Production Webinars-July to November
Tuesday November 15, 2016 2 pm EST
Tue, Jul 19, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EDT
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EDT
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EDT
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EDT
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EST
A new six-webinar series on organic seed production will provide training for seed growers and seed production interns throughout the 2016 growing season (June - November). This series, offered by Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA), will cover a range of topics, from planting to harvest to the economics of seed production.
The series is delivered as part of a new seed internship program offered by OSA and MESA with support from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. The free webinars are open to the public and appropriate for farmers, interns, students, and other agricultural professionals. They will take place on the third Tuesday of each month, and the first one was June 21st, but you can still catch the final 5!
All webinars take place at 11AM Pacific.
More information: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1033801889354662914
Seeds of Change ECOSGN conference at ACORN ORGANIC conference
Monday November 28, 2016 9 am to 7 pm but varies
Come join us in Moncton, NB at the Delta Beauséjour on November 28–30 for the annual ACORN Conference and Trade Show! Register before September 25th to be entered in a draw for 1 FREE night at the Delta Beauséjour during the conference!
ACORN’s conference is a fun, three-day event that brings together organic and sustainable farmers, processors and businesses from across the region and beyond. As reflected in our "seeds of change" theme, we are proud to be partnering with the Eastern Canadian Organic Seed Growers' Network (ECOSGN) on 2 full day workshop streams dedicated to seed production and other seed-themed topics!
To ensure your spot at this year's exciting event, register today!
Among our confirmed (out of region) speakers are: Dan Brisebois of Tourne-sol Farm, Patrice Fortier of La Société des Plantes, Michael Mazourek, a plant breeder from Cornell University, and Fred Wiseman, a Vermont-based researcher/professor and indigenous seedsaver with the Wabanaki community. In addition to the seed workshops (Day 1 and 2), Day 3 of the conference includes workshops on Vegetables/Horticulture; Pulses & Field Crops; Orcharding; and Agro-ecology. Day 3 also includes a seed sale and swap - getting a table to sell will be free for those registered for a full pass.
Registration has launched and you can find full conference details here:http://www.acornorganic.org/conference/. Member registration will be $250 inc. all workshops, 3 lunches, banquet supper, kick off celebration and all the networking time you can handle. Basic pass (just workshops+networking) will be $195.
Contact: Stephanie Hughes The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security 1-866-322-2676
More information: http://www.acornorganic.org/conference/
Wednesday November 30, 2016 varies
Four Points by Sheraton
Nov. 30 to Dec. 2
Join over 300 ecological growers and supporters from across Ontario and beyond for an incredible three days packed full of practical farmer training, networking opportunities, and celebration. We are thrilled to be hosting several seed-focused workshops at this fantastic event.
More information: https://conference.efao.ca/