BC Seeds Gathering 2014

FarmFolk CityFolk and Kwantlen Polytechnic University
are proud to sponsor the Second

BC Seeds Gathering

Friday, November 14, 2014, 4:30 PM -
Sunday, 16 November 2014 at 1:30 PM (PST)

Kwantlen University
Richmond Campus
8771 Lansdowne Road, Richmond, BC

The second BC Seeds Gathering, a partnership of FarmFolk CityFolk and
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, is set to be held from November 14 to
16th, 2014.

This event presents an unique opportunity to:

  • support a provincial gathering of seed growers, community leaders, and farmers from across BC
  • showcase innovative practices in seed cultivation, harvesting and storage to an educated audience, and
  • participate in the strong and committed community of seed practitioners from across North America.

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, test a variety of cleaning equipment, learn, share experiences and launch the BC Eco Seed Co-op. We will decide how, together we can  improve the quality, quantity and diversity of of locally grown seed.

To register visit our Eventbrite page


Accommodation Special!

Farm Folk City Folk Group has negotiated a special group rate for November 14, and 15, 2014! You must book before October 24, 2014 to get this special rate.

CALL 1.866.495.0490 toll free to book your reservation, be sure to say that you are part of the "Farm Folk City Folk Group."

Special Rate of (CAD) $75/night

  • Rate includes one night's accommodation in a Standard, Double, or King
  • Rate valid for November 14th to 15th , 2014; Rate is for single/double occupancy only
  • Rate valid only for invited guests

La Quinta Inn Vancouver Airport
8640 Alexandra Road
Richmond, British Columbia V6X 4K6
604-276-2711 / Phone
604-276-2733 / Fax
lq0759gm@laquinta.com / Email



SowerModSmlTransConference Program

Friday, November 14th

5:00 PM: Opening
Indigenous Welcoming-Ruth Adams

Introductory remarks; Honouring our Knowledge Keepers

5:30-6:30; Supper

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 and Robear LaBaron, Elderfield Farm and Wolverine.

Saturday, November 15th


Opening Welcome. Dan Jason - Salt Spring Seed Sanctuary, B.C. Eco Seed Co-op, Jane Rabinowizcz-USC Canada-Bauta Family Initiatives on Canadian Seed Security, Sacred Seeds of Life Project

10:00-11:30 - Workshops

  • A1-General
    Seed Growing 101-David Catzel & Robin Sturley
  • B1-Advanced
    Participatory Plant Breeding Presenters: Helen Jensen (Bauta Family Initiative on Seed Security in Canada) and Laurie McKenzie (Organic Seed Alliance)
  • C1-Community
    Community Access to Seeds-Libraries & Banks - Roundtable:
    Erika Simms (Richmond Food Security Society), Ross Moster (Village Vancouver), Matthew Kemshaw (Lifecycles) and a host of others.
  • D1-Community
    Saving seeds from native BC plants and Bee-friendly BC native seeds for bees with Bardia Khaledi

12:00-1:30; Lunch

1:30-2:00; Break

2:00-3:30; Workshops

  • A2 & B2 General
    The Power of Pulses- Dan Jason: growing, eating and saving the world with dried peas, bean, lentile favas and chick peas
  • B2-Advanced
    Principles in biology and genetics for seed producers
    Presenters: Laurie McKenzie (Organic Seed Alliance) and Andrew Riseman (UBC)
    Principles in biology and genetics compose some of the core elements for successful seed production. This workshop is intended to provide a scientific 'grounding' for seed saver's actions to help increase the quality of seed produced in BC. Workshop participants are encouraged to attend the “Intro to Seed Saving” workshop prior to this session. The topics covered during the workshop will address many of the questions gathered from seed producers over the recent past.
  • C2-Community
    Sowing the Seeds of Transformation
    With Sharon Jinkerson Brass (White thunderbird Woman)
    For the past three years Sharon has been exploring ancient First Nations practices and mythologies around seeds. Sharon developed a “Cultural Program” based around “sacred seeds” that lead to many inspired, magical moments of absolute wonder and mystery. In a multi-media, interactive process, Sharon will share some of these experiences with the hopes that the methods can evolve in other projects

3:30-4:00; Break


  • A3 -General
    Seed Cleaning hands on-in the seed cleaning area-Mojave Kaplan, Planting Seeds Project
  • B3- Advanced
    Seed Quality Assurance Round Table
    With Brian Campbell (West Coast Seeds), Patrick Steiner (Stellar Seeds), Andrew Riseman (UBC) and Lorne & Barb Ebell - Nanoose Edibles
    Everyone wants to buy quality seeds and every seed growers wants to grow quality seeds. Join us for this round table on seed quality assurance to hear about the various strategies used by experienced seed distributors and seed growers, and to learn about techniques to assure seed quality from the seed crop fields to production fields. Come to participate in this essential discussion in order to support and increase the quality of seeds grown in BC.
  • C3-Community
    Seed Freedom - Jan Stomp, National Farmers Union, Canada Seed Regs, GE Free zones

6:30; Supper followed by Dance with Shout-White Dragon

MARKETPLACE- the Attrium, on the ground floor- a gathering place for people to meet our sponsors, seed companies and community groups involved in the BCSeeds Network. It is a place to share, trade, sell and clean seeds. Cleaning specific seeds will be scheduled. Mojave Kaplan, Susan Davidson, Jen Cody

OPEN SPACE- throughout the weekend there is time allowed and space set aside for you to create your own workshops, organize and post your conversations, ask questions of the Knowledge Keepers, meet old friends and make new ones.

Sunday, November 16

8:00; Breakfast

Wrap Up: Summary report back. Ideas & actions from coming forward from workshops and open space sessions.
Closing Circle- commitment to move forward