Posted  20 Mar, 2017 
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2017 Seed Grow Outs

We are pleased to be launching the Bauta Family Initiative on Seed Security Seed Grow-Outs Program for 2017 in collaboration with Seeds of Diversity Canada!

The seed grow-outs are designed to help farmers experiment with different varieties of crops and observe how different varieties grow for seed in diverse environments across the country. Participating farmers grow out designated quantities of seed from regionally-adapted vegetable and field crop varieties, fill out crop descriptor forms for those varieties, and send designated quantities of seed to Seeds of Diversity’s Seed Library. You can grow out your own seed or request seed from the Seeds of Diversity Seed Library.

Through participating in this program, we want you to experiment with seed production and new varieties on your own farm, improve seed-saving skills, build a regionally-adapted seed supply for the seeds you want to grow, and bulk up supplies of local, ecologically-grown seeds to exchange with other farmers and seed growers.

The Vegetable Seed Grow-out Overview provides an overview of how the grow-out process will work in 2017 and we encourage you to read through the FAQ‘s for this project on the BAUTA website.

Essentially, the goal is to pool the seed grown out from these varieties and make it available to seed growers and farmers interested in holding and distributing farm-scale quantities of seeds. To be clear, Seeds of Diversity’s intention is not to offer these seeds commercially, but to help aggregate bulk quantities of seed for these varieties to be made available to the farmers and seed growers who produced them.

If you are interested in participating in the Grow-Outs for 2017, contact Iris Vaisman at iris.vaisman@prairieorganicgrain.org.


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