The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security is hosting a Participatory Plant Breeding Program for all vegetable growers on the prairies. Over the last few years BFICSS has partnered with the University of Manitoba to carry out participatory plant breeding programs for wheat, oats and potatoes with great success and we’re hoping to create a similar platform for farmers to trial, improve and develop existing and new vegetable varieties. The overall goal of this project is to ensure that Canadian vegetable farmers and seed producers have access to high quality seed that are well adapted to their particular region.
Along with the Bauta Initiative, Samantha Flasha will be hosting meetings (conference calls) for those who are interested. During the calls we can identify the most important traits you would like to see improved or developed in the varieties most important to you and your market. There will also be a survey that will be sent to farmers across Canada to gather more specific information for the program.
If you are interested in participating or have any questions, contact Samantha Flash at email@example.com or call 587-521-2400.