Welcome to the world of seed cleaning and saving! Take a look at the plentiful resources, blogs, and videos before the events throughout the Kootenays mid-September.
Have you ever wanted to diversify your farm’s income with seeds? Looking into selling your seeds as the season comes to a close? Check out some great resources from FarmFolk CityFolk ahead of the seed cleaning tour in Winlaw, Creston, and Argenta.
JoinFarmFolk CityFolk for a day to focus on the importance of seed security in BC. This event will highlight our Mobile Seed Cleaning Trailer, a resource developed to share with farmers across the province to improve the quality of seeds saved, and reduce processing time significantly. Staff will demonstrate cleaning equipment and answer any questions related to seed saving and production. Come with your questions!
The events in Winlaw and Argenta will focus on cleaning farmer’s seeds in the morning, with drop in discussion and demonstration in the afternoon. Creston will host a more structured seed saving workshop.
Date: Monday, September 20
Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: Hummingbird Farm, 4380 Slocan Road, Slocan Valley
Date: Tuesday, September 21
Time: Drop-in Seed Cleaning 10:00 am – 12:00 | Workshop 12:00 pm – 2:00
Location: College of the Rockies, 301 16th Avenue South, Creston
Date: Wednesday, September 22
Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: Near the community hall. Go past the Post Office and look for signs to guide you.
Seed Cleaning Resources
FarmFolk CityFolk has a wealth of seed cleaning resources available. Here are a few highlights to get you started:
BC Seed Suppliers: Find places to buy seeds throughout BC.
Seed libraries: Seed libraries are littered throughout the province for farmers to “borrow” seeds at the beginning of the season, and give seeds back at the end of the season. Find a seed library near you here. Or, keep an eye out for seed exchanges near you!
How profitable is selling your seeds? Check out this seed enterprise budget to give you an idea.
Build your own seed cleaning setup: If you’d rather not wait for the Mobile Seed Cleaner to go on its annual tour, you can construct your own seed cleaning systems at home! Check out the following blogs:
Plug in a Podcast
If you’d rather listen in, check out Seed Security’s Seedheads podcast discussing all things seed!
Watch and Learn
Take a look at FarmFolk CityFolk’s video with KBFA Expert Advisor Patrick Steiner of Stellar Seeds to learn how to harvest and clean beans for seed.
Want to Sell Your Seeds?
Let’s Get Started!
Interested to learn about last year’s seed cleaning tour? Check out our recap here.
Come to our free seed cleaning events hosted by FarmFolk CityFolk in Winlaw (September 20), Creston (September 21), and Argenta (September 22). No registration is required, stop by the stations between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm and bring your questions!