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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

Seeds of Diversity Gala Anniversary

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

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 http://www.seeds.ca/register for registration.

Choose between two workshops. Workshop #1, Basic Seed Saving, is led by Michelle Smith, board member and Bauta seed extension agent, Atlantic Canada. It is sponsored by "Seeds of Victoria." Workshop #2, Roundtable Discussion Regarding the Current Seed Movement, for Seed Companies and other interested individuals, is led by our Executive Director, Bob Wildfong. It is sponsored by "Mechtosin Seeds".

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. Buy a book from her and get an autograph!

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

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Seed Processing Workshop

Sunday November 2, 2014          10 -1
Green Arrow Farm, 4895 Marshall Rd, Duncan (Parking is limited. Please carpool)
Duncan, BC

Save the Date! The Central Island Seed Savers Network (CISSN) is happy to announce that we will host two seed processing workshops this November. November 2 (Duncan) & November 30 (Courtenay).

Earlier this year, CISSN was awarded a grant from the Bauta Initiative on Canadian Seed Security to build some seed processing equipment that will be available for CISSN members and friends to rent. The equipment includes, an air-separator, a tumbler, and a series of hand screens.

As a component of this project, we will host two regional workshops were we will showcase and trial the new equipment. We will have seed on hand for cleaning, but feel free to bring your own seed to clean. The workshop will run through the lunch hour, so please bring a pot-luck dish to share.

Workshops are free, but we do ask that people register. We also have limited number of travel subsidies (available upon request). To sign-up for either workshop, or to inquire about the travel subsidy, please email Vanessa at .

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: www.seedsecurity.ca/en/119-ecosgn-conference

Seed Processing Workshop

Sunday November 30, 2014          10-1
Amara Farm, 2641 Kirby Road
Courtenay, BC

Save the Date! The Central Island Seed Savers Network (CISSN) is happy to announce that we will host two seed processing workshops this November. November 2 (Duncan) & November 30 (Courtenay).

Earlier this year, CISSN was awarded a grant from the Bauta Initiative on Canadian Seed Security to build some seed processing equipment that will be available for CISSN members and friends to rent. The equipment includes, an air-separator, a tumbler, and a series of hand screens.

As a component of this project, we will host two regional workshops were we will showcase and trial the new equipment. We will have seed on hand for cleaning, but feel free to bring your own seed to clean. The workshop will run through the lunch hour, so please bring a pot-luck dish to share.

Workshops are free, but we do ask that people register. We also have limited number of travel subsidies (available upon request). To sign-up for either workshop, or to inquire about the travel subsidy, please email Vanessa at .

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