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Seed Saving Workshops in August & September!
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Summer is in full swing and  we are happy to be offering a several high quality seed workshops and field days in collaboration with numerous different food and farming organizations across Ontario and Canada. Read below for some exciting field days coming up in August and September and review the full list of workshops we are offering here
 
Organic Plant Breeding Workshops and Field Days
Thursday, August 25 - Patchwork Gardens (Battersea, ON)
Wednesday, September 7 - Cornell University Homer C. Thompson Research Farm
Thursday, September 8 - Fruition Seeds (Canandaigua, NY)

For the three workshops listed above, Michael Mazourek from Cornell University, and Matthew Goldfarb and Petra Page-Mann from Fruition Seeds will be sharing everything they know about organic plant breeding. Get your first taste at Patchwork Gardens in Battersea, Ontario where we will understand how to develop new varieties for organic market gardens through an organic pepper breeding project in Southwestern Ontario.

We'll follow up with a trip to the Finger Lakes of New York, with an extensive tour of Cornell University's vegetable research farm and a tour of Fruition Seeds. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about organic plant breeding and how to adopt organic plant breeding practices into your seed and/or farm operation.

Growing Regionally-Adapted Seed in Northern Ontario
Sunday, August 21 - Three Forks Farms (Warren, ON)
Monday, August 22 - Sleepy G Farm (Pass Lake, ON)

The seed-saving community in Northern Ontario is emerging as some of the most unique seed farmers in Ontario. Through visits to Three Forks Farms and Sleepy G Farm, we can learn how farmers in Northwestern Ontario are working to adapt open-pollinated seeds into climates with an average of 100 frost-free days and to make local seed a reality.

Growing Seed to Support Your Market Garden
Monday, August 29 - Creek Shore Farms (St. Catharines, ON)
Thursday, September 1 - Common Ground Farm (St. Thomas, ON)

Creek Shore Farms and Common Ground Farm are two market gardens that are just beginning to integrate seed production into their market gardens as part of Seeds of Diversity's Vegetable Seed Producers Network. Come learn from these innovative growers, along with the folks from Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds, about some best practices on how to incorporate seed production to support your market garden!

Register for all of these workshops with Ecological Farmers of Ontario here!
Seed Production Capacity Building Grants

We are happy to offer numerous high quality training opportunities through our different regional organizations and partners in Canada. However, there are lots of training opportunities that happen across North America that are often difficult for many seed growers and farmers to attend because of the significant travel costs associated with those incredible offerings.
 
We would like to help make these opportunities easier to access for Canadian seed growers by offering our Seed Production Capacity Building Grant Program. Our new granting program offers two granting streams: 1) Seed Event Training Grants and 2) Custom Seed Learning Programs.

Please click here for more information about both grant streams and apply today!
Community Update from The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security

As we come close to wrapping up our fourth year working to build the resilience of Canada’s seed system, we want to share what has been achieved so far, and how we are planning for the future. Click here for a short community update prepared by the team of The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security
Thank you to all of the farmers and seed growers that have been attending and hosting incredible training opportunities for farmers in Ontario. All these events are the different ways on how the BFICSS are supporting local, ecological growers who are contributing to building diverse regional seed systems. Come out to these events to learn from, and support farmers who are changing the seed system piece by piece. To learn more about our work visit www.seedsecurity.ca
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Everdale is proud to be the regional hub in Ontario for The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. 

Everdale's mission is to be a farm-based organization that provides hands-on, solution-based food and farming education to build and engage healthy local communities.

The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security is delivered by USC Canada, in partnership with Seeds of Diversity Canada and through the generous support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation. 


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