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 firstname.lastname@example.org
4th Biannual Seed Gathering
Friday November 8, 2019
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Food security begins with seed security! Join us for 2 days of all things seed…FarmFolk CityFolk is organizing the 4th biennial BC Seed Gathering for November 8th and 9th at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond. Over Friday and Saturday, new and established seed growers, organizers, and advocates will engage and come together to discuss means to increase the quantity, quality, and diversity of ecologically grown seed in British Columbia. The Gathering will offer a multitude of opportunities that explore aspects of seed production - from production techniques to marketing models - and will also facilitate dialogue on how to further strengthen, grow, and connect local seed systems across BC.
The Gathering is not only for advanced seed industry workers - is it is open to anyone and everyone with an interest in seed security. The program will provide valuable opportunities for those who are organizing Seedy Saturdays, seed libraries, and other initiatives in their communities that support biodiversity and seed access.
Tickets are now live and are priced for accessibility. The 2019 schedule will ensure diverse presentations, dialogue, skill sharing, and strategizing along with lots of good food and great people. Work trades are available too!
FarmFolk CityFolk hopes to see you there. We are excited to create a space where seed enthusiasts can foster collaboration to build a strong seed system for British Columbia.
For more information visit our website: www.bcseeds.org/gathering/
Seed Business Training
Tuesday November 12, 2019
The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security will host a free, one and a half day workshop on The Business of Seed with Mary Brittain (of the former Cottage Gardener Heirloom Seedhouse, Ontario) in November 2019.
This training session will focus on the business aspects of commercial organic seed production in order to successfully market and sell your seed crops. It will not address actual seed growing and will assume participants have an intermediate-advanced level of seed production experience. It is intended for seed growers who have saved seed from, or cultivated as seed crops, annual and/or biennial vegetables and/or grains for multiple seasons; understand basic plant biology and the requirements for high quality commercial seed production such as isolation distances, minimum populations and selection; and have commercialized seed crops or are planning to do so.
Admission free but must pre register.
Ride shares available as are 5 spots at a local AirBnB ($50) for participants traveling for the event.
Contact: shughes [at] usc-canada.org
More information: www.acornorganic.org/events/calendar/seed-business-training
Friday November 15, 2019
Santropol Roulant, 111 rue roy est
November 15-16, the Eastern Canada Organic Seed Growers Network (ECOSGN) will host its biannual gathering.
It is a pleasure to host Heron Breen, a long term ally from worked-owned Fedco in Maine, and our peers from across Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes, as well as our friends from the Seed of Diversity.
For the full program, click here : https://bit.ly/2kCQfw0
Seeds of Diversity Annual General Meeting
Friday November 15, 2019 12 noon to 1 pm
Santropol Roulant, 111 rue roy est
The 2019 conference of the Eastern Canadian Seed Growers Network (ECOSGN) is hosted by Santropol Roulant in Montreal on November 15-16.
Seeds of Diversity invites all members and friends to join us at this fascinating conference, and to attend our Annual General Meeting on Friday at 12:00 noon. Admission to the AGM is free.
Come out and meet our executive director and board of directors!
Belleville Seedy Monday
Monday December 2, 2019
Ramada by Wyndham Hotel
The EFAO Conference is an annual event that draws farmers and supporters across the food system for four days of intensive learning, idea-sharing, networking and celebration.
The 6th annual EFAO Conference, Climate of Curiosity, will take place from December 2-5, 2019:
•2-day Trade Show
•EFAO’s 40th Anniversary Celebration
Along with all the other amazing workshops, there will be some interesting seed workshops including The Colonization of Seed, Best Practices of Variety Trials, and our annual Seed Advisory Meeting.