Register ASAP For Growing Good Seed Workshop

Growing Good Seed

Presented in partnership with The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security

When: Saturday February 22, 2014, 10:00am - 3:00pm (sign-in at 9:30am)

Where: St. John's Anglican Church, Cavan (1758 County Road 10 Cavan, Ontario L0A 1G0)

Cost: $25/person (includes beverages, light refreshments, and a copy of Seeds of Diversity Canada's How to Save Your Own Seeds with every ticket! Bring your own lunch.)

Are you looking for ways to diversify your farm business? Just want to save and share good seed?

Then join us for this informative, full-day workshop led by expert seed saving trainers and commercial producers from around the region! Whether you're an established fruit and vegetable producer who's looking to defray your annual seed costs, or a farmer looking for ways to expand your business model, this workshop is meant for you!

Program Leaders and Topics will Include:

Mary & Dan Brittain (The Cottage Gardener)

The Brittains are expert seed saving instructors, and long-time commercial producers who have been growing certified organic heirloom seed for the last 17 years. They will outline the basics of seed production, and all the considerations that need to be made before starting a commercial enterprise.

Susan Chan (Farms at Work - Native Pollinators Program)

Susan is our resident pollination biologist, as well as an experienced beekeeper. She'll outline the basics of plant anatomy, the fundamentals of pollination systems, and will explain how to increase the numbers of pollinators on your farm in order to benefit your seed production enterprise.

Jill Bishop (Urban Tomato)

Jill is the manager of the Peterborough Community Garden Network and an experienced seed saving trainer. She also runs a successful seed business that supplies a large pecentage of the heirloom tomato seed grown by backyard and market gardeners throughout Peterborough County every year. She'll be on hand to talk about urban seed production, as well as the importance of seed exchanges and community seed banks.

Developing a Seed Saving Action Plan

Explore the implications of your particular growing conditions, types of crops, and equipment needs with knowledgeable professionals in order to develop a personalized action plan for scaling up your seed production.

Pre-registration is required by February 20th. To purchase tickets, go to: 

For more information or manual registration, contact:  |  (705) 743-7671

Funding support for this event is provided by: