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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

Great! You've Planted your Seed Crops... Now What?

Monday May 30, 2016          1 to 2:30 Atlantic

Please join ACORN and Andrea Berry of Hope Seeds (NS) for this webinar covering early season considerations for your seed crops. Topics will include:

Importance of record keeping and overview of Crop Observation Forms
Different kinds of evaluation in the field for selection
Overview of roguing techniques
This is an intermediate-level webinar, designed for growers who already have at least a basic skill level in seed saving (a season or two experience). This webinar is free for ACORN members and members of the Atlantic Canada Regional Seed Bank Grower Network. For others there is a cost of $25. Please note: there'll be another seed webinar in this series in September. The non-member cost of both webinars = cost of an individual membership.

To register, To pay, please contact Stephanie Hughes at (902) 453-4455.

Contact:

More information: http://rsvp.momentumconferencing.com/event/1274

BEGINNER LEVEL SEED SAVING WEBINAR SERIES

May 31 and June 1. 2016          7 to 8:15 pm Atlantic

A great opportunity for seed libraries to educate their borrowers and get the season started off right! Consider tagging on a work party, hosting a "viewing party", or inviting one of your advanced gardeners to lead a Q & A after the webinar.

Ashlea Hegedus-Viola (Hope Seeds, NS) and Chris Sanford (Yonder Hill, NS) will take you through all the basics for some of the most common seed saving plant families. You'll learn about minimum population sizes, required isolation distance, as well as how to harvest and clean your seed. We'll finish each webinar with a list of resources for further learning. You must register for each webinar separately.

"Part 1: Cukes, Squash & Kale!" with Chris Sanford. May 31

"Part 2: Tomatoes, Peppers & Beans!" with Ashlea Hegedus-Viola. June 1

These webinars are being offered in partnership with seed libraries across Atlantic Canada. ACORN can offer them free of charge thanks to the generous support of Echo Foundation; we hope you'll consider making a donation to your local seed library. If there is a seed library in your community, they may be hosting related events or viewing parties.

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More information: http://rsvp.momentumconferencing.com/event/1277 and http://rsvp.momentumconferencing.com/event/1278

Rare Breeds Renaissance - Growing Our Future From Our Past

June 10-12, 2016          
Ross Creek Centre for the Arts
Canning, NS

Rare Breeds Canada holds its 3-day conference in June at the Ross Creek Center for the Arts in Canning, Nova Scotia. Meet people conserving heritage breeds of livestock and learn about the importance of heritage breeds in the future of farming.

AGM, Banquet, Presentations, Farm and Museum Tour.

Contact: Stacy Corkum

More information: http://www.artscentre.ca/rare-breeds-canada-at-ross-creek

A Family Evening to Celebrate Grains

Wednesday July 13, 2016          6:00-9:00pm
Italian Cultural Centre - 3075 Slocan St
Vancouver, BC

FarmFolk CityFolk and the Bauta Initiative are proud to be teaming up with the Italian Cultural Centre to host a family evening to celebrate grains! And what better way to do it than with pizza and beer! Talk with local brewers and grain growers while enjoying beer brewed with local barley; pizza with dough from local grains; and some bocce ball!

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Organic Seed Production Workshop

Wednesday July 20, 2016          
Whole Circle Farm, 8786 Wellington 50, RR 3
Acton, ON

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20th Anniversary Open House Cottage Gardener

Saturday July 23, 2016          
4199 Gilmore Road, RR#1
Newtonville, ON

Come out and see how we grow our seed crops and tour our two properties. The day will include guided tours, demonstrations and free refreshments. Watch for more details on the event closer to the date, posted on our Facebook page.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/The-Cottage-Gardener-Heirloom-Seedhouse-6741872633/?fref=ts

A Totally Tuber Field Day!

Tuesday August 9, 2016          10 to 4
AAFC Potato Research Centre, Lincoln Rd.
Fredericton, NB

A.M.: AAFC Potato Research Centre, Lincoln Rd., Fredericton.
P.M.: Good Spring Farm, Keswick Ridge, NB.

Please join ACORN, the AAFC Potato Research Centre, and Good Spring Farm for this field day dedicated to the humble tuber. The day will be split into 2 sessions including:

Morning session (10 am - 12:30 pm) will be a tour of the AAFC's facilities and discussion with Dr. Benoit Bizimungu on potato conservation efforts in Canada. Following that, we’ll visit the organic trial established as part of the national Participatory Plant Breeding Program. This program is active in Atlantic Canada with 4 farmer-breeders. Afternoon session (2 pm - 4 pm) will be a farm tour of Good Spring Farm, and discussion with organic farmer Karen Davidge about production topics related to her double-certified seed potato and on-farm trialing projects.

Please note this event will be held rain or shine. Parts of the event will be held outside, so please dress appropriate for the weather.

Travel time between locations is about 30 minutes. Lunch details to be confirmed later. Pre-registration is necessary. To register, please call Steph at (902) 453-4455 or email at . Cost: ACORN members: full day ($15); half day ($10). ACORN non-members: full day ($20); half day ($15).

Integrating Seed Production into Market Gardens

Monday August 22, 2016          
Common Ground Farm
London, ON

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Breeding New Varieties for Organic Market Gardens

Thursday August 25, 2016          
Patchwork Gardens
Battersea, ON

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Field Training Days in Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island

TBA          
Everywhere, BC

DR. JOHN NAVAZIO

We are truly thrilled to announce that Dr. John Navazio, veteran plant breeder and author of The Organic Seed Grower, will be coming to BC this summer for field trainings in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island. More details coming soon, but we're looking forward to workshops on commercial-scale seed production and how to develop regionally-adapted seed varieties.

Contact:

More information: bcseeds.org

Biennial Seed Production

Wednesday September 14, 2016          
Whole Circle Farm, 8786 Wellington 50, RR 3
Acton, ON

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Integrating Seed Production into Market Gardens

Monday September 19, 2016          am
Saugeen River CSC
Durham, ON

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Techniques for Harvesting and Cleaning Seed

Monday September 19, 2016          PM
Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds
Palmerston, ON

Monday September 19, 2016          TBA

Please join ACORN and Chris Sanford of Yonder Hill Farm (NS) for this webinar covering late season considerations for your seed crops.

This is an intermediate-level webinar, designed for growers who already have at least a basic skill level in seed saving (a season or two experience). This webinar is free for ACORN members and members of the Atlantic Canada Regional Seed Bank Grower Network. For others there is a cost of $25. Please note: there is another seed webinar in this series in May. The non-member cost of both webinars = cost of an individual membership. See membership information here.

To pay, please contact Stephanie Hughes at (902) 453-4455.

Contact:

More information: http://rsvp.momentumconferencing.com/event/1276

THE BUSINESS OF SEED: SOME COMMERCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

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