The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security

Organic Alberta is the prairie host of the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. The goal of this program is to help support and build a Canadian seed system that provides a solid foundation for food security, climate resilience, and community well-being, by pursuing the following:

OBJECTIVE 1: Expanding the production and conservation of high quality, regionally adapted, ecologically grown, Canadian seed;

OBJECTIVE 2: Building ongoing collaboration among individuals and organizations committed to advancing an ecological and diverse seed system in Canada.

Field crops are the focus in this region, home to the largest acreage of organic farms in Canada. Projects include:

  1. Supporting farmers, researchers and industry to identify, document and trial regionally-adapted, organically-relevant varieties and crop kinds
  2. Working within the Canadian seed policy system to identify how best to manage the needs of scale, biodiversity and organic management practices
  3. Coordinating a collaboration of farmers, industry and researchers to develop new organic crop varieties through a participatory breeding framework

This program was made possible thanks to the generous support of Mrs. Gretchen Bauta, member of the Weston family. It is delivered by USC Canada, in partnership with Seeds of Diversity Canada and through the generous support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.

The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security will run from February 1, 2013 to January 31, 2017.

Iris Vaisman in the regional coordinator for this program. You can reach Iris at Organic Alberta 587-521-2400 (Edmonton area) or 1-855-521-2400 (toll free) or by email

Apply by October 31, 2016

The Bauta Initiative on Canadian Seed Security is offering Seed Production Capacity Building Grants. Grants are aimed for seed producers, farmers, farm workers, seed companies, and students learning about ecological seed production. Others excited to build their capacity and understanding of seed production are welcome to apply.