2019 Online Organic Seed Production Course and Bursary

2019 Online Organic Seed Production Course and Bursary

In partnership with USC Canada through The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, COG is excited to open registration for Canada’s only intermediate-level Organic Vegetable Seed Production e-learning certificate! This 22-week program runs April 8th – November 1st, 2019 (with a summer break from July 9th – September 2nd). Read More Below… We’re also happy to announce the Comox Valley Growers and Seed […]

Building a Zig-Zag Seed Cleaner

Building a Zig-Zag Seed Cleaner

Building a Zig-Zag Seed Cleaner 31 December 2018 Chris Thoreau chris@farmfolkcityfolk.ca Download pdf article here For future updates check out the Zig-Zag Seed Cleaner Blog here. Note: This machine was fabricated as one piece of our mobile seed cleaning unit which contains numerous pieces of seed cleaning equipment including a Clipper AGM 224 Air Screen […]

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 […]