Seeds of Knowledge Event was a Hit!

Seeds of Knowledge Event was a Hit!

On July 21st, 2018 FarmFolk CityFolk and the BC Seed Trials co-hosted Seeds of Knowledge – Beet Tasting and Research Showcase with The UBC Farm – Centre for Sustainable Food Systems. The event was very successful and busy. The tasting portion was inspired by the Beet Variety Trials.  Our tasting events are a great way […]

Carrot Pollination Time!

Carrot Pollination Time!

The carrots are now in full bloom! They were in fairly full bloom on July 7 before I (Chris) went away for two weeks and when I returned they were really in full bloom! On July 7 the fly pollinator population was still low so I spent a few days brushing the flowers with a […]

Seed Production in Italy

Seed Production in Italy

I (Chris Thoreau) am lucky enough to be in Italy at the moment, with a group of folks from Vancity Credit Union, to learn about the role of cooperatives in the Italian economy. We are primarily in the Emilia-Romagna region where Co-ops make up over 1/4 of the region’s economy – including many agricultural co-ops. […]

Seed Diversity and the Community Seed Network

Seed Diversity and the Community Seed Network

At the end of May we celebrated the UN International Day for Biological Diversity! This day also marked the grand launch of the Community Seed Network which is an initiative of The Seed Savers Exchange, USC Canada and others that came together to create an online platform for resources and information on seed saving, sharing and networking. […]

Mobile Seed Cleaning Research

Mobile Seed Cleaning Research

After seeing a great mobile seed cleaning trailer at the Organic Seed Growers Conference in 2016 I thought it would be great to have a similar set up in BC. Such a unit would be great to help growers scale up and process their seeds more efficiently. It would also be a great outreach tool […]

Counting Seeds

Counting Seeds

Today I (Chris) did our last bit of seed packing for the BC Seed Trials at the KPU Seed Lab. It has been great to be able to use the seed counter at the lab this year to get more exact seed counts and speed up the packing process. For the carrots alone we had […]