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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

Kale Breeding Workshop

Wednesday July 12, 2017          9 to 4
Cowichan Green Community
Duncan, BC

We are pleased to welcome Laurie McKenzie of the Organic Seed Alliance to Vancouver Island for this kale breeding workshop.


Kale is a popular crop in BC and a great candidate for breeding and seed production. Although the principles we will cover in this workshop apply to all kale varieties, we will be working closely with Dazzling Blue from Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seeds in Philomath, Oregon.


Dazzling Blue was one of the lacinato varieties in the 2016 BC Seed Trials and had the best survival rate after our cold winter! It has a unique purple stem and blue-green leaves, but there is a lot of variation within the population. This breeding work will be focused on moving the population towards this purple stem (and other desired characteristics).


Upon registering for the workshop we will send you some Dazzling Blue seeds which you can plant out and start doing selection on (optional).

Contact:

More information: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/new-date-kale-breeding-with-laurie-mckenzie-of-organic-seed-alliance-tickets-33835305309?mc_cid=61c4b41ace&mc_eid=45139bbd48

Diversified Heritage Grains and Developing New Grain Varieties

Thursday July 13, 2017          1:30 to 4:30
Ironwood Organics
Athens, ON

Contact:

More information: http://www.seeds.ca/organic-seeds/seed-grower-network/workshops2017

Diversified Heritage Grains and Developing New Grain Varieties

Friday July 14, 2017          9:30 to 12:00
Against the Grain Farms
Mountain, ON

Contact:

More information: http://www.seeds.ca/organic-seeds/seed-grower-network/workshops2017

Seed Trials Field Day

Thursday July 27, 2017          
Sunshine Organic Farms
Kelowna, BC

Okanagan Seed Trials Field Day

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More information: http://bcseeds.org

Biennial Seed Production in Market Gardens

Monday August 14, 2017          9:30 to 12:00
Small Spade Farm
Stirling, ON

Contact:

More information: http://www.seeds.ca/organic-seeds/seed-grower-network/workshops2017

Integrating Seed Production into Market Gardens

Monday August 14, 2017          1:30 to 4:30
Chick-a-biddy Acres
Hastings, ON

Contact:

More information: http://www.seeds.ca/organic-seeds/seed-grower-network/workshops2017

Biennial Seed Production

Monday August 14, 2017          
Granville Ferry, NS

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More information: http://www.acornorganic.org/events/calendar/quality-biennial-seed-production-with-john-navazio

Quality Biennial Seed Production with John Navazio

Tuesday August 15, 2017          
Cochrane Family Farm
Upper Stewiacke, NS

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More information: http://www.acornorganic.org/events/calendar/quality-biennial-seed-production-with-john-navazio-2

Field Day: On-Farm Plant Breeding: Developing New Varieties in your Market Garden

Wednesday August 16, 2017          1 to 4
Whole Circle Farm, 8786 Wellington 50, RR#3
Acton, ON

Over the years Whole Circle Farm has reintroduced seed production back into its farming system in order to rebuild their own seed supply for the varieties they grow on their farm. Rebecca Ivanoff, their resident expert, has been adapting several varieties of both annual and biennial vegetable crops for their market garden. Learn from Rebecca who is trying to develop an early maturing, blocky red bell pepper through participatory variety selection by improving lines from Cornell University’s organic pepper breeding program. Come for a tour of Whole Circle Farm to see how they are successfully developing new varieties for their market garden, and also learn about the principles of storing crops such as beets, carrots, cabbage, and onions for biennial seed production.

Contact:

More information: http://sable.madmimi.com/c/17749?id=279032.11696.1.4dd9c747b13c5105f7b2934d113b9ccc

Field Day: Selecting & Improving Seed Crops for the Market Garden

Thursday August 17, 2017          1 to 4
Common Ground Farm, 6986 Middle River Road
St. Thomas - West, ON

Common Ground Farm is a diversified market garden and CSA in St. Thomas, Ontario in its 3rd year of operation. Being able to provide delicious, healthy local organic food has been a dream of Chris DeVries’ for over a decade, and now he is seeing the fruits of his labour at Common Ground Farm. Chris is always adding new elements to his farm from and this year is no different, as he is growing out varieties for Seeds of Diversity Canada and The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Learn from Chris on how his farm is trying to integrate seed production into their market garden operation, and how they are selecting and improving seed crops in the field.

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More information: https://efao.ca/upcoming-events/

UBC Farm Open House

Saturday September 16, 2017          
UBC Farm Open House
Vancouver, BC

BC Seed Trial tour

Contact:

More information: bcseeds.org

Integrating Seed Production into Market Gardens

Monday September 18, 2017          9:30 to 12:00
Saugeen River CSA
Durham, ON

Contact:

More information: http://www.seeds.ca/organic-seeds/seed-grower-network/workshops2017

Best Practices for Harvesting and Cleaning Seed

Monday September 18, 2017          1:30 to 4:30
Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds
Palmerston, ON

Contact:

More information: http://www.seeds.ca/organic-seeds/seed-grower-network/workshops2017

Seed Field Day

Monday September 18, 2017          10 to 4
Cochrane Family Farm
Upper Stewiacke, NS

Please join ACORN for a seedy day at Cochrane Family Seeds and the Atlantic Canada Regional Seed Bank (Truro, NS). This event is open to everyone and you can register for a half or full day. Space is limited.

Morning at Cochrane Family Seeds: "Integrating Seed Production & Market Farming". Please join us for a farm tour and talk with Frank and Julie Cochrane of Cochrane Family Seeds. An organic farm offering year-round vegetables via farm gate, markets and CSA, Cochrane Family Farm, raises and sells herbal products and runs an outlet feed store offering farm supplies and gear. To top it all off, they've recently added seeds to the business, offering organic and ecologically grown varieties of vegetables, grains, and flowers! How do they do it all? Come join us and find out! Frank will touch on topics such as planning, seed crop isolation and management in the context of a market farm, equipment, and labour. This event will be held rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!

Afternoon at the Seed Bank: After lunch at the farm, we'll head to Dalhousie Agriculture Campus (Truro, NS) for a unique opportunity to visit the Atlantic Canada Regional Seed Bank. We'll hear from representatives of ACORN and Dalhousie, who run the seed bank jointly, about the seed collection that's housed there: the varieties, the grower network, as well as processing and storage protocols.

Please register online. Specific event details will be sent out to registrants the week before the event.

Contact:

More information: http://www.acornorganic.org/events/calendar/seed-field-day

Integrating Seed Production into Market Gardens

Wednesday September 27, 2017          1:30 to 4:30
Meeting Place Organic Farm
Lucknow, ON

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More information: http://www.seeds.ca/organic-seeds/seed-grower-network/workshops2017

BC Seed Gathering

Friday November 3, 2017          
KPU Richmond campus
Richmond, BC

The BC Seed Gathering will be taking place on November 3-4.

The BC Seed Gathering aims to engage new and established growers, organizers and advocates working to increase the supply, diversity and access to seed in British Columbia. The Gathering will offer learning and engagement opportunities that delve into aspects of seed from breeding techniques to marketing models, to seed democracy issues and community organizing with the goal of strengthening the local seed economy and connecting our communities.

Contact:

More information: bcseeds.org/gathering

Join Seeds of Diversity at Evergreen

Saturday November 4, 2017          1:30 to 3:30
Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Av
Toronto, ON

Meet us at our table at the Evergreen Farmer's Market in the morning. Then join the board for our afternoon AGM.

Each year the board meets in a different part of Canada. This is your opportunity to come out and meet the national board and staff of Seeds of Diversity, in the Blake Room of the Evergreen building.

Hear our great speaker and swap seeds at the seed table.

Free for members. Small fee at door for others.

Evergreen's mission is to work with our community to help people make healthier food choices. In doing this we will create a food system that is ecologically and economically sustainable.

Contact:

More information: evergreen.ca

ACORN conference

Monday November 27, 2017          
Best Western Glengarry
Truro, NS

November 27-29: ACORN's Organic Conference and Trade Show

Contact:

More information: www.acornorganic.org