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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

Seed Trials Field Day

Thursday July 27, 2017          
Sunshine Organic Farms
Kelowna, BC

Okanagan Seed Trials Field Day

Contact:

More information: http://bcseeds.org

Biennial Seed Production in Market Gardens

Monday August 14, 2017          9:30 to 12:00
Small Spade Farm
Stirling, ON

Contact:

More information: http://www.seeds.ca/organic-seeds/seed-grower-network/workshops2017

Integrating Seed Production into Market Gardens

Monday August 14, 2017          1:30 to 4:30
Chick-a-biddy Acres
Hastings, ON

Contact:

More information: http://www.seeds.ca/organic-seeds/seed-grower-network/workshops2017

Biennial Seed Production

Monday August 14, 2017          
Granville Ferry, NS

Quality Biennial Seed Production with John Navazio 1 (Granville Ferry, NS)
Biennial seed crops are challenging to produce even in ideal climates. Here in the maritimes the challenges compound! Please join ACORN and John Navazio for a 1-day intensive workshop to explore the principles and practices of quality biennial seed crop production. This workshop will be best suited for seed producers who already have a few seasons of seed saving under their belt, and who've at least experimented with biennials before. This field-based, interactive workshop will be located on-farm, exploring a wide range of topics using the crops that are growing on-site such as rutabaga, beet, kale, and broccoli. Growing different biennial crops? Please come prepared with questions and/or pictures for John, whose experience also includes crops such as carrots, beets, and many more.

Contact:

More information: http://www.acornorganic.org/events/calendar/quality-biennial-seed-production-with-john-navazio

Quality Biennial Seed Production with John Navazio

Tuesday August 15, 2017          
Cochrane Family Farm
Upper Stewiacke, NS

Biennial seed crops are challenging to produce even in ideal climates. Here in the maritimes the challenges compound! Please join ACORN and John Navazio for a 1-day intensive workshop to explore the principles and practices of quality biennial seed crop production. This workshop will be best suited for seed producers who already have a few seasons of seed saving under their belt, and who've at least experimented with biennials before. This field-based, interactive workshop will be located on-farm, exploring a wide range of topics using the crops that are growing on-site such as rutabaga, beet, kale, and broccoli. Growing different biennial crops? Please come prepared with questions and/or pictures for John, whose experience also includes crops such as carrots, beets, and many more.

Contact:

More information: http://www.acornorganic.org/events/calendar/quality-biennial-seed-production-with-john-navazio-2

Field Day: On-Farm Plant Breeding: Developing New Varieties in your Market Garden

Wednesday August 16, 2017          1 to 4
Whole Circle Farm, 8786 Wellington 50, RR#3
Acton, ON

Over the 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. Learn from Rebecca who is trying to develop an early maturing, blocky red bell pepper through participatory variety selection by improving lines from Cornell University’s organic pepper breeding program. Come for a tour of Whole Circle Farm to see how they are successfully developing new varieties for their market garden, and also learn about the principles of storing crops such as beets, carrots, cabbage, and onions for biennial seed production.

Contact:

More information: http://sable.madmimi.com/c/17749?id=279032.11696.1.4dd9c747b13c5105f7b2934d113b9ccc

Field Day: Selecting & Improving Seed Crops for the Market Garden

Thursday August 17, 2017          1 to 4
Common Ground Farm, 6986 Middle River Road
St. Thomas - West, ON

Common Ground Farm is a diversified market garden and CSA in St. Thomas, Ontario in its 3rd year of operation. Being able to provide delicious, healthy local organic food has been a dream of Chris DeVries’ for over a decade, and now he is seeing the fruits of his labour at Common Ground Farm. Chris is always adding new elements to his farm from and this year is no different, as he is growing out varieties for Seeds of Diversity Canada and The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Learn from Chris on how his farm is trying to integrate seed production into their market garden operation, and how they are selecting and improving seed crops in the field.

Contact:

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

Vegetable Breeding Workshop

Tuesday August 22, 2017          10 to 12:30
Aster Lane Edibles, 3348 Hunt Line Rd
Arnprior, ON

Curious about how our food has become our food? Seed Breeders have been shaping our food for thousands of years by selecting plants & traits that we want to eat & grow. At this workshop participants will learn From Telsing Andrews of Aster Lane Edibles about plant adaptation. Participants will get in field demonstration of plant selection on many different crops, including annual, biennial, & perennial crops & systems. Seed Savers are inherently adapting & improving varieties - you can enhance your skills by attending this field day.

Anyone interested in where our food comes from, is practising seed saving, or who wants to just enhance their seed saving skills will definitely benefit from this field day.

Jordan Bouchard · · (613) 699-6850 x 12

UBC Farm Open House

Saturday September 16, 2017          
UBC Farm Open House
Vancouver, BC

BC Seed Trial tour

Contact:

More information: bcseeds.org

Integrating Seed Production into Market Gardens

Monday September 18, 2017          9:30 to 12:00
Saugeen River CSA
Durham, ON

Contact:

More information: http://www.seeds.ca/organic-seeds/seed-grower-network/workshops2017

Best Practices for Harvesting and Cleaning Seed

Monday September 18, 2017          1:30 to 4:30
Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds
Palmerston, ON

Contact:

More information: http://www.seeds.ca/organic-seeds/seed-grower-network/workshops2017

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.

Contact:

More information: http://www.acornorganic.org/events/calendar/seed-field-day

Integrating Seed Production into Market Gardens

Wednesday September 27, 2017          1:30 to 4:30
Meeting Place Organic Farm
Lucknow, ON

Contact:

More information: http://www.seeds.ca/organic-seeds/seed-grower-network/workshops2017

Field visit at the Captivating Seeds

Aug 10, Aug 24, Sept 14, Sept 28          
Roulant farm, 261 Chemin Senneville
Montreal, QC

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!

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Seed Cleaning 101

Saturday September 30, 2017          10 to 1
Greta's Organic Gardens, 339 River Rd.
Ottawa, ON

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.

Cost: $20.00

CONTACT
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

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BC Seed Gathering

Friday November 3, 2017          
KPU Richmond campus
Richmond, BC

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.

Contact:

More information: bcseeds.org/gathering

Join Seeds of Diversity at Evergreen

Saturday November 4, 2017          1:30 to 3:30
Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Av
Toronto, ON

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.

Hear our great speaker and swap seeds at the seed table.

Free for members. Small fee at door for others.

Contact:

More information: evergreen.ca

ACORN conference

Monday November 27, 2017          
Best Western Glengarry
Truro, NS

November 27-29: ACORN's Organic Conference and Trade Show

Contact:

More information: www.acornorganic.org