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
UBC Farm Open House
Saturday September 16, 2017
UBC Farm Open House
BC Seed Trial tour
More information: bcseeds.org
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.
More information: http://www.acornorganic.org/events/calendar/seed-field-day
Seed Saving Workshops
Aug 24, Sept 9, Sept 16. Sept 10 6 pm
7611 Ash St
Seed Saving Workshops on different nights and days.
Beans and Peas Aug 24 at 6
Tomatoes and Lettuce Sept 9 at 1
Beans and Peas Sept 16 at 1
Tomatoes and lettuce Sept 20 at 6.
More information: https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/richmond-food-security-society-8594783266
Field visit at the Captivating Seeds
Aug 10, Aug 24, Sept 14, Sept 28
Roulant farm, 261 Chemin Senneville
The Captivating Seeds is a demonstration plot of 3330 square foot that showcases forty five varieties of vegetables adapted to the nordic climate and organic agriculture, some of which are heirloom, indigenous or new lines selected directly by farmers. The seeds were provided by a dozen ecological seed growers of the region. Each visit will reveal different secrets of these varieties.
From August to October, we invite you to get acquainted with these delicious ecological varieties and the producers working to bring them to life. We will be working with passionate volunteers like Libertad Castro-Colina to cultivate the crops, collect data from observations and install signage. We will also offer educational tours and informative workshops with partners to bring the stories of these seeds to life. Finally, we will work with the chefs and restaurateurs to harvest, prepare, taste and compare varieties. The gardens are taking shape, so come on down!
Seed Cleaning 101
Saturday September 30, 2017 10 to 1
Greta's Organic Gardens, 339 River Rd.
Seed Cleaning at Greta's Organic Gardens
Are you interested in producing & selecting seeds but curious about how to get them as clean as they come when purchasing seed Envelopes? This workshop is for you! Learn how to clean vegetable seeds from resident expert Greta Kryger of Greta's Organic Gardens. As part of this workshop Greta will demonstrate what she uses to clean her seeds & you will get an idea of what will work at your scale. This workshop is primarily for those producing vegetable seeds, but anyone interested in learning what goes into seed cleaning & production will learn a lot at this workshop.
As part of this workshop, participants will get a tour of Greta's Organic Gardens, to learn about her production systems & the myriad of different crops a seasoned seed farmer grows.
Jordan Bouchard · · (613) 699-6850 x 12
Toronto-Malvern/Rouge River Seedy Saturday
Saturday October 14, 2017 11 to 3
Pearson CI 150 Tapscott Rd.
Toronto-Malvern/Rouge River, ON
FALL Seedy Saturday!
Look for seed saving ideas, storing and using your harvest.
Workshop details to be announced
Join Seeds of Diversity at Evergreen
Saturday October 21, 2017 1:30 to 3:30
Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Av
Meet us at our table at the Evergreen Farmer's Market in the morning. Enter your name to win one of two gift baskets, one containing a $150 gift certificate from Lee Valley Tools, books and seeds, and another containing a $100 gift certificate from Big Carrot, our books and seeds.
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.
Swap seeds at the seed table and learn how to save your own seeds at our hands-on workshop.
Free for members. Small fee at door for others.
More information: evergreen.ca
BC Seed Gathering
Friday November 3, 2017
KPU Richmond campus
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.
More information: bcseeds.org/gathering
Monday November 27, 2017
Best Western Glengarry
November 27-29: ACORN's Organic Conference and Trade Show
More information: www.acornorganic.org