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Seed Production Trials

The Bauta Seed Initiative is looking for farmers to grow seed! This project is part of building the Seeds of Diversity collection to increase quantities of rare seed, and provide documentation on how the plants grow. Information on plant performance … Continue reading

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Upcoming Prairie Events – spring 2014

This spring is packed full of seedy events in the Prairies! From seedy Saturdays to Organic Farmer conferences to local seed workshops, here is a list of what’s happening across the prairies (note, I will be at almost all of … Continue reading

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Seed Saving Webinars

The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security will be providing its first-ever national webinar series in 2014. The theme for this year is The Fundamentals of Seed Saving. Save the date for the first webinar in the series, coming up … Continue reading

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Seed Internship Opportunities 2014

Organic Alberta and the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security are partnering with two organizations to host seed internships this summer. Learn about selecting planting, growing and documenting rare varieties, saving and storing seed and how to select plants … Continue reading

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Webinar series for organic producers

Prairie provinces team up to offer free Tuesday lunchtime organic production and marketing webinars!   NOTE:  All webinars will be held between 12:00 – 1:00 pm SK time.  If you are unable to attend or have technical difficulties, please register … Continue reading

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UPOV 91 is coming: corporate control moves beyond seed

The federal government recently announced intentions to enact UPOV 91, claiming that this brings Canada in line with other developed countries. UPOV stands for the International Union for the Protection of Plant Varieties. Canada currently has ratified UPOV 78, which gives … Continue reading

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12 Grain Crops for the Small Farmer – Part 1: Hulless Grains

Say you don’t have specialized grain-growing equipment, but you want to grow some grains one a relatively small scale. What kinds of crops could you grow, and how? This is a three-part series on grains for small farmers. Many small … Continue reading

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Small-scale grain harvesting equipment

When we think of growing grains, typically a vast horizon of wheat heads comes to mind. And big tractors. Only the slightly lunatic farmer/gardener would attempt to grow grains at a small scale. After all, a 4×8 plot in the … Continue reading

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Local Food Workshop, Olds, Alberta

October 24-25, 2013. Put on by the Foothills Forage and Grazing Association, with keynote speakers Joel Salatin ( and Doug Weatherbee ( An interesting mix of people gathered to talk about to talk about farming on a small-scale. Topics ranged … Continue reading

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New Seed Map

You may remember the classic USC-Canada seed map titled “Food, Farmers and Climate Chaos”. I still have one on my wall, having received several over the years. The symbolic blue, green and orange colours representing where droughts were expected with … Continue reading

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