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Do you have leftover seeds from your seed swap or seed library?

We can help circulate them to our representatives who will put them to good use at other community seed swaps. Every week during the winter, we mail books and table-top materials to Seedy Saturdays and Seedy Sundays all across the country, so we can easily include your leftover seeds in our packages. Our volunteers will make sure the seeds get to their local seed swap tables and seed libraries, so you'll know that they won't go to waste.

Mail your leftover seeds to:

Seeds of Diversity Canada
#1-12 Dupont St West
Waterloo ON N2L 2X6

Seeds of Knowledge - Research Day

Samedi 21 Juillet 2018          10 to 2
UBC Farm Market
Vancouver, BC

This event will highlight results from the golden and Chioggia beet variety trials in the BC Seed Trials as well as other research happening at UBC Farm - including the launch of the BC Food Web, an online database highlighting sustainable agriculture and food systems research in BC.

We will again be featuring our popular beet tasting that highlights our favourite red, golden and Chioggia beets! We will have plain beets for tasting and will feature some signature dishes prepared by BC Seed Trials Research Assistant and Chef, Carla Hick.

Seeds of Knowledge is kid friendly, so please bring the whole family along! The event takes place during The UBC Farm Market featuring the farm's glorious certifed organic produce, flowers, and herbs - so be sure to bring your shopping bags. The market also hosts other vendors from the region, making it a one-stop place for your weekly shopping.

Join us on a guided tour of the farm that highlights several research projects happening at the farm. Bring the youngsters along for the tour as there will be a biodiversity scavenger hunt!

Contact: bcseed [at] farmfolkcityfolk.ca

Adaptation & Integration: Emerging Models for Regional Seed Resilience

Lundi 13 Aöut 2018          9 to 4
Annapolis Seeds
Nictaux, NS

Climate change and commodity seed issues will continue to make regional seed models increasingly essential. We'll explore emerging models of regional seed development, with a focus on adapting seeds & systems best suited for the Maritimes, in the classroom and in the field! While everyone is warmly welcomed to attend, this intermediate-level, on-farm workshop is designed for a farmer audience (aspiring, new, and established farmers) who already have some experience producing seed crops.

The workshop will cover adaptation and production of vegetable seed crops in our short, cool Maritime climate, including both wet- and dry-seeded crops. We'll also discuss logistics (considerations when choosing seed crops for your operation), and strategies (grower + seed company collaboration, new market opportunities), as well as resources to help you integrate seed and market production on your diversified farm.

This workshop will go ahead rain or shine! Please dress for the weather, including good shoes to walk the fields. Registration costs: $55 / $45 ACORN Non/Member rates include lunch. Please register online.

Contact: seed [at] acornorganic.org

Plus d'information: www.acornorganic.org/events/calendar/adaptation-integration-emerging-models-for-regional-seed-resilience

Adaptation & Integration: Emerging Models for Regional Seed Resilience

Mardi 14 Aöut 2018          9 to 4
Broadfork Farm
River Hebert, NS

Climate change and commodity seed issues will continue to make regional seed models increasingly essential. We'll explore emerging models of regional seed development, with a focus on adapting seeds & systems best suited for the Maritimes, in the classroom and in the field! While everyone is warmly welcomed to attend, this intermediate-level, on-farm workshop is designed for a farmer audience (aspiring, new, and established farmers) who already have some experience producing seed crops.

The workshop will cover adaptation and production of vegetable seed crops in our short, cool Maritime climate, including both wet- and dry-seeded crops. We'll also discuss logistics (considerations when choosing seed crops for your operation), and strategies (grower + seed company collaboration, new market opportunities), as well as resources to help you integrate seed and market production on your diversified farm.
This workshop will go ahead rain or shine! Please dress for the weather, including good shoes to walk the fields. Registration costs: $55 / $45 ACORN Non/Member rates include lunch. Please register online.

Contact: seed [at] acornorganic.org

Plus d'information: www.acornorganic.org/events/calendar/adaptation-integration-emerging-models-for-regional-seed-resilience2

Seed Farm Field Tour at Fundy Farms

Mardi 28 Aöut 2018          10 to 1:30
Edgett's Landing, Albert Co., NB

You are warmly invited to join ACORN and host farmer Angela MacDougall for a farm tour and cob oven lunch. While walking the fields of Fundy Farms, we'll learn about all aspects of this small-scale, diversified farm, including their veggie, herb, and maple operation. Bee Wise Beekeeping will be on site to speak to us about bee keeping on-farm, and we'll give special attention to Fundy Farms new-found focus on growing seed crops -- how and why they've integrated seed saving into their farm plan! Don't miss this great field day!

This workshop will go ahead rain or shine! Please dress for the weather, including good shoes to walk the fields. Registration costs: $10 / $20 ACORN Non/Member rates includes a delicious lunch prepared with on-site cob oven. Please register online.

Contact: seed [at] acornorganic.org

Plus d'information: www.acornorganic.org/events/calendar/seed-farm-field-tour-at-fundy-farms-local-harvest-nb

Field Day: Soil Health Management Tools & Participatory Variety Trials

Mercredi 29 Aöut 2018          10 to 3
Fertile Ground Farm, 1560 Carmel-Koch Rd
St. Agatha, ON

ertile Ground CSA is one of the most established diversified market gardens in Ontario. Angie Koch is constantly experimenting with new projects and systems on how to run a well-managed ecological vegetable farm. Bring a pot luck item for lunch!

On this field day, you will get a chance to learn about two exciting projects at Fertile Ground CSA this year:

North American Variety Trial Network: A North America-wide variety trialling program on peppers working with over 50 farms across the U.S. and Canada.
Farmer-led Research Program: Angie is conducting her third research trial in cooperation with EFAO’s Farmer-led Research Program. This year, Angie is assessing her spader to reduce soil structure while still managing weeds.
The first half of the field day will focus on how to run successful on-farm vegetable variety trials. Angie is participating in the North American Variety Trial Network, evaluating different varieties of open-pollinated and hybrid bell peppers. The goals of the trial are to assess which varieties of peppers work best on her farm, and would be suitable for seed production and future plant breeding projects. We will walk you through how to set up a successful variety trial program for your farm.

The second half of the field day will focus on Angie’s farmer-led research trial, Assessing a spader for soil structure, and some common on-farm methods for measuring soil structure and overall soil health. Anne Verhallen of OMAFRA will join use to do in-field demonstrations using a soil penetrometer, water infiltration, soil respiration, and the tea test index for soil health as well as best practices for taking soil samples to send to laboratories for analyses.

Contact: adey [at] usc-canada.org

Plus d'information: efao.ca/upcoming-events/?id=267

Ontario Seed Variety Showcase Garden & Variety Tasting

Mercredi 19 Septembre 2018          10 to 3
Everdale Environmental Learning Centre, 5812 6th Line
Hillsburgh, ON

Come celebrate seed diversity in Ontario! Vegetable farmers and seed growers all across the province are trying to figure out how to source more locally-adapted seed for their farms. The majority of all the vegetable seed most farmers use comes from outside our country, but there is so much great seed being grown here in Ontario. Come to Everdale and check out The Bauta Family Seed Initiative’s Ontario Seed Showcase Garden where you can see the best varieties produced and bred by Ontario growers all in one place! Bring a dish for the pot luck lunch.

This field day will include:

A tour of the showcase garden profiling the best-performing varieties from Ontario seed companies and farmers for market gardeners
A tour of participatory variety trial and plant breeding plots of peppers, winter squashes, and carrots for the EFAO’s Farmer-led Research Program
A variety tasting of a sample of the vegetables from the showcase garden and plant breeding programs, as part of a potluck lunch
An overview of all of the seed production and plant breeding efforts in the province, and how you can support local, ecological seed in Ontario

Contact: adey [at] usc-canada.org

Plus d'information: efao.ca/upcoming-events/?id=266

Seed Variety Garden Tour and Tasting

Mercredi 19 Septembre 2018          10 to 3
Everdale Environmental Learning Centre, 5812 6th Line
Hillsburgh, ON

Come to Everdale and check out The Bauta Family Seed Initiative’s Ontario Seed Showcase Garden where you can see the best varieties produced and bred by Ontario growers all in one place! Bring a dish for the pot luck lunch.

This field day will include:

A tour of the showcase garden profiling the best-performing varieties from Ontario seed companies and farmers for market gardeners
A tour of participatory variety trial and plant breeding plots of peppers, winter squashes, and carrots for the EFAO’s Farmer-led Research Program
A variety tasting of a sample of the vegetables from the showcase garden and plant breeding programs, as part of a potluck lunch
An overview of all of the seed production and plant breeding efforts in the province, and how you can support local, ecological seed in Ontario

Contact: adey [at] usc-canada.org

Plus d'information: efao.ca/upcoming-events/?id=266

Pollinating the Seed Movement: Community Seed Organizers’ Symposium

Mardi 30 Octobre 2018          9:30 to 5
Dalhousie Agricultural Campus
Truro, NS

Presented in partnership by ACORN and Dalhousie Libraries, the day will include a tour of Seeding Ideas seed library and other campus projects, a seed swap, a resource showcase of useful publications, websites, and tools, networking time, and - of course - great workshops and presentations about all aspects of community seed organizing. We'll hear from organizers around the region about their tips and strategies for managing volunteers, engaging youth, fundraising, partnership building, seed handling & tracking, and more!

We're now requesting proposals from anyone with knowledge, tips, resources, and strategies to share with the community! Please complete the RFP form by July 13, 2018!

Please note that ACORN will provide a van from Sackville, NB, as well as car pooling support to make it easier for NB and PEI participants to attend.

More information on registration to come.

Contact: seed [at] acornorganic.org

Plus d'information: www.acornorganic.org/events/calendar/pollinating-the-seed-movement-community-seed-organizers-symposium

ACORN Conference

Lundi 26 Novembre 2018          to Nov 28
TBA
Charlottetown, PE

ECOSGN-EFAO Conference

Jeudi 6 Decembre 2018          Dec 6 to 8
Four Points by Sheraton, 1150 Wellington Road South
London, ON

The Bi-annual ECOSGN Conference is happening December 4 - 6, 2018, in London, ON in partnership with the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO). It is sure to be a fantastic conference, chock full of great seed content. If you are interested in attending, you may be eligible for a Capacity Building Grant to support up to $500 of your travel and registration costs.

Contact: conference [at] efao.ca

Plus d'information: conference.efao.ca/

Seeds of Diversity's Seed Celebration and AGM

Samedi 8 Decembre 2018          pm
Four Point by Sheraton, 1150 Wellington Rd S
London, ON

Our annual AGM takes place alongside the EFAO-ECOSGN conference this year. Plan to attend both! Members needed, but all are welcome at our AGM.

Contact: mail [at] seeds.ca

Plus d'information: www.seeds.ca