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Voici des événements d'intérêt pour nos membres ou autres personnes préoccupées par la biodiversité, la culture de variétés du patrimoine, la culture biologique ainsi que les semences. Si vous savez d'autres événements, SVP courriel

Field Day: Organic Potato Production- Best Practices and Variety Trials

Mercredi 28 Septembre 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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Seed Saving Workshop

Samedi 1 Octobre 2016          2 to 4 pm
Vancouver, BC

This workshop will provide you with the knowledge needed to understand the basic principles behind seed saving. It will also allow you to learn all the necessaries to begin seed saving. Topics covered during the workshop include: the basics of plants reproduction, easy and difficult plants to save seeds from, and the vocabulary of the seed saving world. The theory of seed saving will be complemented by hands-on techniques and demonstrations.


$40 ($32 for registered students -- valid student ID is required) + GST


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Seed Saving Workshop

Samedi 1 Octobre 2016          10 to 12
236 Nelson St, Lower Level
Kingston, ON


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Best Practices for Harvesting and Cleaning Seed

Mardi 4 Octobre 2016          10 to 3
Greta's Organic Gardens, 399 River Rd
Ottawa, ON

Learn from Greta Kryger, of Greta’s Organic Garden and George Wright of Castor River Farm, at this intensive on Best Practises for Seed & Grain Cleaning. Greta will provide a detailed overview of the fundamentals of vegetable seed cleaning. Afterwards, George Wright will demonstrate grain cleaning with his mobile grain cleaner. This is an essential workshop for all farmers and seed growers seeking to understand how to effectively clean your vegetable seeds for commercial sale.

Cost: $25

Payment can be made by PayPal in advance of the workshop or made at the workshop itself.


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Seed Processing Workshop

Samedi 15 Octobre 2016          
Local Harvest market, 7697 Lickman Rd
Chilliwack, BC


The Business of Seed: Some Commercial Considerations Webinar

Mercredi 19 Octobre 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"

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Native Plant Seeding Workshop

Samedi 22 Octobre 2016          1 to 4 pm
Hidden Habitat, 2017 Southwood Road
Kilworthy, ON

The workshop will begin with a basic introduction into native plant gardening and plant selection and tour the Hidden Habitat gardens in the making.
In the workshop participants will:
learn which plants are ideal to grow from seed
learn how and when to seed a variety of Ontario native grasses and wildflower seeds
learn how and when to collect seeds from your own garden
learn how to save and properly store your seeds
learn the benefits and drawbacks to direct seeding outdoors vs. germinating indoors
learn methods of seed preparation such as cold moist stratification and seed scarification.
enjoy warming beverages and light refreshments around an open fire
leave excited about the possibilities in your own garden.

Workshop will be outdoors and hands on so please dress for the weather and for the garden.

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Seed Festival & Seeds of Diversity's AGM

Samedi 5 Novembre 2016          8:30 to 2
Truro Farmer’s Market, 15 Young St.
Truro, NS

Come celebrate seeds with us at the Truro Farmer's Market. Seeds of Diversity Canada is partnering with the Truro Market to host a Seed Harvest Celebration during the Saturday market, 8:30 to 1 pm followed by the SoDC Annual General meeting at 2 PM in the Market Annex. Admission is free.

*Demonstrations of seed cleaning techniques
*A children's corner where the Little Sprouts who were given their own heritage tomatoes and beans to grow this spring can tell us how they did and get a certificate and prize pack.
*A celebration of our vendor growers who save seed or use traditional varieties on their farm
*Our Seed Swap Table
* "Guess the Beans" draw
and a host of other seed-related activities!

At 1, as the market winds down, take time to eat food you brought or bought at the market, while we set up for the AGM. At the AGM, Seeds of Diversity members can vote for the new Board and tell us directly how they think we're doing.

We've got a real Seedy Celebration planned, and we hope you'll join us!

If you are planning to come and have a seedy idea you think would be great or just want more information, send a line to

Organic Seed Production Webinars-July to November

Mardi 15 Novembre 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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Seeds of Change ECOSGN conference at ACORN ORGANIC conference

Lundi 28 Novembre 2016          9 am to 7 pm but varies
Delta Beauséjour
Moncton, NB

Venez nous rejoindre à Moncton, NB au Delta Beauséjour le 28 à 30 novembre, 2016, pour la Conférence d’ACORN! Inscrivez-vous avant le 25 septembre pour être entré dans un tirage pour l'un des deux nuits gratuite à l'hôtel Delta Beauséjour (lieu de conférence)!

La conférence d'ACORN est un événement intéressant et divertissant, qui rassemble des agriculteurs biologiques et durables, les transformateurs et les entreprises de toute la région atlantique et au-delà! Comme indiqué dans nos «sémences du changement" thème, nous sommes fiers de ce partenariat avec le Réseau des semenciers biologiques de l’Est du Canada sur 2 pleins courants de l'atelier d'une journée dédiée à la production de semences et d'autres sujets de semences sur le thème!

Pour assurer votre place à cet l'évènement passionnant, inscrivez-vous dès maintenant!

Contact: Stephanie Hughes The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security 1-866-322-2676

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EFAO conference

Mercredi 30 Novembre 2016          varies
Four Points by Sheraton
Kingston, ON

Nov. 30 to Dec. 2
Join over 300 ecological growers and supporters from across Ontario and beyond for an incredible three days packed full of practical farmer training, networking opportunities, and celebration. We are thrilled to be hosting several seed-focused workshops at this fantastic event.


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