Posted  13 Feb, 2018 
In: Courses

For the second year, COG will host an intermediate, online certificate program on Organic Vegetable Seed Production.

Want to learn more about producing organic seeds? Want to learn more about their commercial production, harvesting, quality, marketing, breeding and more? Want to build your own seed business following your own unique seed-farm business plan?

If so, this course is for you!

In partnership with USC Canada through The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, COG is excited to open registration for Canada’s only, intermediate-level Organic Vegetable Seed Production e-learning certificate! This 22-week program begins April 9th, and will be delivered in a part-time blended format featuring live, online instruction with two expert instructors and successful organic seed producers, Mary Brittain of The Cottage Gardener and Patrick Steiner of Stellar Seeds. An optional 40-hour in-field experiential learning practicum is also offered at an additional cost. The practicum will partner students with seed mentors to give them hands-on experience of working on a seed farm.

The course will focus on building the competencies needed for successful commercial, organic seed producers. Modules covered in this certificate program include:

  1. Organic Farming Practices
  2. Organic Seed Production and Harvesting
  3. Organic Seed Quality Assurance
  4. The Business of Organic Seed Production
  5. On-Farm Organic Plant Breeding

Date: April 9 – November 2, 2018

Early Bird Registration Fee: $1,100 + taxes (goes up to $1,250 + taxes on March 26th)

Practicum Add on: $400 + taxes

Payment Plans are available. Contact education@cog.ca for more information.

Students will be issued a tax-deductible tuition receipt.

For more details: Visit www.cog.ca email education@cog.ca or call us at 1-877-375-7383.

Register today at: www.cog.ca

Meet the Instructors:

Mary Brittain

Mary Brittain has been growing and saving seeds for over 20 years on her 20-acre farm in southern Ontario. Together with her husband, Dan, and daughter, Rachel, they operate The Cottage Gardener Heirloom Seedhouse, a seed company specializing in organic, heirloom seeds of vegetables, herbs and flowers. Off-farm, Mary had a career as an executive in the public sector, specializing in human resource development & management and strategic planning. She has also pursued post-graduate studies in business administration.

Patrick Steiner

Patrick Steiner has been growing organic seeds for close to two decades, and operating his own seed company Stellar Seeds, for the past seventeen years. He farms in the mountainous West Kootenays in British Columbia, where he balances the work of producing seeds and running a seed business with equally important work in local food security issues. He enjoys sharing the knowledge he has gained from years of first-hand experience with organic seed production.

“Prior to doing this course, I was a lot more unsure about what and how to integrate seeds into our operation. What I’ve learned here has given me the knowledge and confidence to take my seed business to the next level in 2018. I can’t say thank you enough to the team at Canadian Organic Growers and to Mary and Patrick. This was a life changing course. I hope I can produce high quality organic seed for years to come.” — Peggy Baillie, Three Forks Farm


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