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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

GOLDEN BEET TRIALS EVALUATION

Thursday June 30, 2016          2- 5 pm
Local Harvest Farm
Chilliwack, BC

Pizza dinner at 5.
Join The Fraser Valley Permaculture Guild, UBC Farm, and FarmFolk CityFolk for our first BC Seed Trials Field Day of 2016. Meet BC Seed Trials Lead Researcher, Alex Lyon from UBC, and participate in field observations and evaluation of golden beets. Golden beets are growing in popularity and hold the potential as a significant seed crop here in BC. We will look at 2 different beet fields: Golden and Chioggia beet seed trials and Touchstone Gold beet seed crop.

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More information: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/golden-beet-trials-field-day-tickets-25840348177

UNBEATABLE GOLDEN BEET TASTING

Saturday July 9, 2016          9:30 to 12
UBC Farm
Vancouver, BC

Join Alex Lyon, BC Seed Trials Lead Researcher, and Rob Cleland, Executive Chef at Ash Street Bistro, as we embark on the most pleasurable part of our seed trials research - the tasting! Join us for a unique, chef-guided culinary assessment of 10 varieties of golden and chioggia beets. Ready your palette to experience a diversity of flavours and textures; ready your eyes ready to experience a diversity of colours, shapes, and sizes; and ready your pen ready to praise your favourites and reject your foes!
After the tasting, take a guided tour through UBC Farm to see all the different seed-saving projects with UBC Farm Seed Hub Coordinator, Mel Sylvestre.

More information: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/unbeatable-golden-beet-tasting-tickets-25941621087

Field Day: On-Farm Variety Trials- Organic Spelt and Edible Dry Beans

Monday July 11, 2016          9:30 to 12
Gelro Farms, 12917 Green Line & Earle Johnson’s Farm, 14263 Talbot Trail
Ridgetown & Muirkirk - West Region, ON

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

Field Training Days on Vancouver Island

Tuesday July 19, 2016          
The Urban Farm, July 19 & 20
Nanaimo, BC

Join Dr. John Navazio--veteran plant breeder, agroecologist, author, and organic seed production specialist--for full day workshops on intermediate and advanced seed production techniques. Dr. Navazio is currently manager of the plant breeding program at Johnny's Selected Seeds in Maine and also has many years of experience growing regionally adapted seed in the Pacific Northwest bioregion. John was formerly the Senior Scientist for the Organic Seed Alliance and Plant Breeding and Seed Specialist for Washington State University Extension.

The workshops will take place on farms with multiple types of seed production underway (carrot seed enclosures, seed trials and golden beet production) to offer an outdoor classroom. Take advantage of this opportunity to discuss plant breeding with an expert, explore seed niches for our bioregion, and find out what it will take to scale up or better integrate seed into your current farm production.

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More information: bcseeds.org

Organic Seed Production Workshop

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

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SEED PRODUCTION with DR. JOHN NAVAZIO

Thursday July 21, 2016          
Local Harvest Farm
Chilliwack, BC

Join Dr. John Navazio--veteran plant breeder, agroecologist, author, and organic seed production specialist--for full day workshops on intermediate and advanced seed production techniques. Dr. Navazio is currently manager of the plant breeding program at Johnny's Selected Seeds in Maine and also has many years of experience growing regionally adapted seed in the Pacific Northwest bioregion. John was formerly the Senior Scientist for the Organic Seed Alliance and Plant Breeding and Seed Specialist for Washington State University Extension.

The workshops will take place on farms with multiple types of seed production underway (carrot seed enclosures, seed trials and golden beet production) to offer an outdoor classroom. Take advantage of this opportunity to discuss plant breeding with an expert, explore seed niches for our bioregion, and find out what it will take to scale up or better integrate seed into your current farm production.

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More information: bcseeds.org

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

Seeds Saving in the Kawarthas

Tuesday July 26, 2016          9 am to 12
Chick a Biddy Acres
5009 County Road 2, RR3, Hastings, ON

hick-a-biddy Acres has a long history in the farming community in the Kawarthas, as one of the first CSAs in the region 17 years ago. This year, Sherry Patterson has added a new aspect to her highly successful operation, trialing different varieties of squash and peppers and producing seed for Seeds of Diversity Canada and The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. If you’ve been considering integrating seed crops as part of your market garden operation, for sale or for on-farm use, you will be interested in learning how Chick-a-biddy Acres is meeting the challenge. During the morning, we will also look at what you can do to support effective crop pollination by native pollinators (critical for seed set) and Bob Wildfong of Seeds of Diversity will talk about seed saving techniques for different squashes.

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More information: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/seed-saving-in-the-kawarthas-tickets-25546255538

SAANICH ORGANICS BEET TRIALS EVALUATION

Wednesday July 27, 2016          
Northbrook Farm
Saanich, BC

Join the Victoria Seed Library, UBC Farm, and FarmFolk CityFolk for our first Vancouver Island Seed Trials field day. Get in the field with Island farmers and seed trials researchers to discuss the value of seed research and participate in field observations and evaluation of golden beets. Golden beets are growing in popularity and hold the potential as a significant seed crop here in BC. Compare the performance of over 10 Golden and Chioggia beet varieties side-by-side.

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More information: bcseeds.org

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).

Field Day at William Dam Seeds

Wednesday August 10, 2016          2 to 4
279 Hwy 8, L9H 5E1 (West Region)
Dundas, ON

There are typically 1000 items in trial, in gardens totaling 5 acres. The gardens are important because they are used as a research tool to select new items for the annual catalogue, based largely on the garden performance of the variety. Not only are varieties chosen for durability and performance in the field, but also for taste! Specialty market growers and home gardeners also visit the trials each year to get a preview of the exciting new varieties that will be available in the coming year.

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

Intermediate-level Seed Production Workshop & Field Day

Wednesday August 10, 2016          10 to 2:30 pm
Knowlesville Art & Nature Centre, 111 Simms Rd
Knowlesville, NB

Please join Janet Wallace and Greg Wingate of Mapple Farm for a thorough workshop covering mid-season considerations for seed saving. The day will include an overview of seed saving topics such as minimum population, isolation distance, and tips for growing seed from biennials; there will also be discussions about seed saving for open pollinated, hybrid, and landrace varieties, and a seed cleaning equipment demo! Though all are welcome, this workshop is designed for seed savers who already have a basic skill set in seed saving.

This field day is offered in partnership with “Catch the Wave” Seed Library, Woodstock, NB. Thanks to funding from The Bauta Family Initiative and Echo Foundation, we are able to offer this workshop for free to ACORN & Catch the Wave members. For all others the cost of the workshop will be $15 with lunch included.

Pre-registration is required. Please contact Steph Hughes at or (902) 453-4455 to register and pay by Friday August 5, 2016.

A Family Evening to Celebrate Grains

Wednesday August 17, 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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More information: http://italianculturalcentre.ca/blog/events/good-grains-celebration-local-pizza-beer/

Seed Saving in Northern Ontario

Sunday August 21, 2016          
Three Forks Farm
Sudbury, ON

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Integrating Seed Production into Market Gardens

Monday August 22, 2016          
Common Ground Farm
London, ON

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Seed Saving in Northern Ontario

Monday August 22, 2016          
Mile Hill Farms, Root Cellar Gardens
Thunder Bay, ON

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Breeding New Varieties for Organic Market Gardens

Thursday August 25, 2016          9:30 to 4:30
Patchwork Gardens, 4649 Milburn Rd
Battersea, ON

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

Growing Seed to Support Your Market Garden

Monday August 29, 2016          1 to 4
Creek Shore Farms, 1167 Lakeshore Rd W
St. Catherines, ON

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

Growing Seed to Support Your Market Garden

Thursday September 1, 2016          1 to 4 pm
Common Ground Farm, 6986 Middle River Road
St. Thomas, ON

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

Growing Heritage Grains, Dry Beans, & OP Corn

Monday September 12, 2016          
Nature Lane Farms
Chatham-Kent, ON

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Overwintering Biennials for Seed Production

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

Offered in partnership with The Bauta Family Initiative on Family Seed Security
Over the past 3 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. Come for a tour of Whole Circle Farm to see how they are successfully integrating seed production into their market garden, and also learn about the principles of storing crops such as beets, carrots, cabbage, and onions for biennial seed production.

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

Techniques for Harvesting and Cleaning Seed

Monday September 19, 2016          9:30 to 4:30
Saugeen River CSA & Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds
Durham, then Palmerston, ON

9:30am – 12:00pm
Cory Eichman operates Saugeen River CSA and has been a skilled biodynamic farmer and seed grower for a number of years. Cory helped start up Seeds of Transition, a collaborative seed production effort through a number of neighbouring farmers and Hawthorn Farm. Come for a tour of Cory's farm in the morning and learn some techniques of how to efficiently integrate seed production into your market garden operation.

Part 2:
1:30pm – 4:30pm
Join in for the afternoon session with Kim Delaney at Hawthorn Farm to learn best practices on how to clean high quality vegetable seed. At this workshop you will learn all about, seed harvesting times and techniques, drying, and cleaning methods; equipment needs and sources, relative to your scale of seed production; and equipment sharing and collaboration with other seed growers.

You may register for one or both of these events.

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

Late Season Considerations for Seed Crops Webinar

Monday September 19, 2016          4-5:30 pm Eastern Time

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.

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

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

Best Practices for Harvesting and Cleaning Seed

Monday September 26, 2016          9 to 12
9788 County Rd 10, Campbellcroft
Hastings | Campbellcroft, ON

Urban Harvest has been harvesting and selling seed in the Toronto area for nearly 20 years and offers over 100 kinds of seed! This year, Colette Murphy is working with Seeds of Diversity Canada and The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, increasing the availability of locally-adapted bean seed. On September 26th, join us for a second workshop at Urban Harvest for the opportunity to learn seed-harvesting and cleaning techniques from experienced seed-saver and owner of Urban Harvest, Colette Murphy.

Register for both this and July 26 workshops and save! Hosted by BFICSS and Farms at Work. (705) 743-7671 if you have any questions.

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More information: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/seed-saving-in-the-kawarthas-tickets-25546255538

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.

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

Best Practices for Harvesting and Cleaning Seed

Tuesday October 4, 2016          
Just Food, 2389 Pepin Court
Ottawa, ON

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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

Seed Festival & Seeds of Diversity's AGM

Saturday November 5, 2016          
Truro, NS

Stay tune for more details!

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.

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More information: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1033801889354662914