How We Got Here


It has been a very intensive 8 months getting to this point! From grant writing to program design, there has been much to consider to get this program launched! Here is how some of that looked:

June 2015

  • Started grant application to IAF
  • FFCF and University of British Columbia start collaborating on project

July 2015

  • UBC Hired Alex Lyon from University of Wisconsin to design and implement trials. Alex also played a key role in refining the grant application
  • Continuing to work on IAF grant

August – November 2015:

January – February 2016:

  • Identifying and choosing baby sites for on-farm research
  • Attending Organic Seed Alliance, COABC Conference, and Pacific Agriculture Show
  • IAF funding confirmed!
  • Whole Foods 5% day funding confirmed
  • Choosing crop varieties and sourcing seed
  • Ordering seeds
  • Hired Shauna MacKinnon for program and communications support

March 2016

  • Preparing and distributing seed packages for farmers
  • Finalizing participant farms
  • Developing data collection forms

April 2016

  • Gettign ready to plant!

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