Like no other agricultural gathering in BC, this event will bring together an incredible roster of experienced, dedicated individuals committed to focusing locally and connecting nationally to protect the culture, history and future of seeds in our world.
Small-scale seed growers, community leaders, seed networks and young urban farmers from across BC will bring their seeds to clean, will learn and share experiences and launch the BC Eco Seeds producer cooperative. Together we will decide how we can improve the quality, quantity and diversity of locally grown seed.
Knowledge Keepers Long Table- Hosted by Dan Jason, Salt Spring Seed: including Mary Alice Johnson-Full Circle Seed, Jon Alcock-Sunshine Seed, Barb and Lorne Ebell-Nanoose Edibles, Mojave Kaplan-Planting Seed Project, Robear LaBaron-Elderfield Farm and Wolverine.Workshops include:
The Power of Pulses – Dan Jason: growing, eating and saving the world with dried peas, bean, lentil favas and chick peas. Principles in biology and genetics for seed producers with: Laurie McKenzie (Organic Seed Alliance) and Andrew Riseman (UBC)
Sowing the Seeds of Transformation with Sharon Jinkerson-Brass (White Thunderbird Woman)
Seed Quality Assurance Roundtable with Brian Campbell (West Coast Seeds), Patrick Steiner (Stellar Seeds) and Andrew Riseman (UBC)
Community Access to Seeds: Libraries & Banks – Roundtable: including Erika Simms (Richmond Food Security Society), Ross Moster (Village Vancouver), Matthew Kemshaw (Lifecycles) and a host of others.
We are delighted to announce that Jan Stomp, President of the National Farmer’s Union (NFU) will be conducting a workshop on “Seed Freedom” Saturday afternoon.
For the full program go to: www.farmfolkcityfolk.ca
Organized by Farm Folk City Folk and Kwantlen Poltyechnic University.
Sponsored by Salt Spring Seed Sanctuary and West Coast Seeds, with generous support from USC Canada, the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, Slow Food Vancouver, and Village Vancouver.
Note: Village will be displaying of several of our Seed Libraries at the Gathering, including 5 new designs recently built for us by students from Emily Carr’s ecoTANK (Thinking about Nature’s Knowledge) industrial design studio.
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