Past Events


February 13 – Online, Webinar on Bill C-18

This webinar put on by the National Farmers Union will discuss how Bill C-18 will affect seed laws in Canada.

February 15 – Winnipeg, MB, Seedy Saturday

Visit this blog for more info

February 21 –  Regina, SK, Participatory Breeding Workshop for Oats and Wheat

If you are an organic farmer living in the Regina area interested in breeding work related to Oats and Wheat, please contact me for more information.

Part of the event will also be streamed online at 10:30 CST here.

February 22 – Neubergthal, MB, Heritage Seed Swap

This new event is being put on by the Neubergthal Heritage Foundation help foster the exchange of Menonite seeds in the area. For more information contact Terry Mierau

February 22 – Yorkton, SK, Seedy Saturday

12:30-4. Dr. Brass School, 19 Darlington St. W.

March 1- Regina, SK, Seedy Saturday

10-2.  St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 15th and Montague. For more info, visit this link.

March 1-Barrhead, AB, Organic Alberta Regional Conference

For more info and to register, visit the conference page here.

Read a story about organic wheat breeding from the conference here. 

March 3- Strathmore, AB, Organic Alberta Regional Conference

For more info and to register, visit the conference page here.

Read a story about Red Fife from this event here. 

March 1- Red Deer, AB, Seedy Saturday

10-5:30. Red Deer College, Conovus Learning Common (eat Trades wing). For more information, visit their page here.

March 8- Carman, MB, University of Manitoba Eco-Ag Conference

9-3:30.  See the poster for more information, or contact Bev at 2014-474-8563 by Tuesday March 4, 2014.

March 8- Saskatoon, SK, Seedy Saturday

11-4. St. Mary Elementary School (327 Ave. N South). The Saskatoon event is coordinated by CHEP Good Food. Further information about CHEP Good Food can be found at

March 12- Online, Webinar on Cereal Breeding

Ever wonder how we get new varieties of wheat, triticale or barley? The aim of this webinar will be to bring light to this amazing topic. We will show you how and where we find new sources of cereal varieties. Then we will take you through the complicated but exciting journey of creation and deliverance of new varieties that have the best traits for Alberta producers. Presented by Alberta Agriculture, hear from Joseph Nyachiro, Flavio Capettini and Mazen Aljarrah, Feed Crops Branch. To register for this webinar, follow this link

March 15 – Calgary, AB, Calgary Seedy Saturday

Come get your seeds and advice from over 50 exhibitors and vendors from across Western Canada, participate in the seed exchange table, attend presentations throughout the day, play at the kids table, eat delicious food and more! Visit this link for more information.

March 16 – Edmonton, AB, Edmonton Seedy Saturday

Admission is free! Swap or donate your vegetable, fruit or flower seeds as well as your gardening books and magazines. Buy some organic, heritage, and open-pollinated seeds from local vendors. Enjoy presentations from local speakers on gardening topics for beginners and experienced growers. Learn about local organizations and chat with their members about what programs and services they offer. Dig in to some nature crafts at the kid’s table! Refresh with homemade snacks at the Seedy Cafe.

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April 5 – La Crete, AB, Organic Alberta Regional Conference

For more info and to register, visit the conference page here.

April 5 – Brandon. MB, Brandon Seedy Saturday

Seed Exchange, vendors, film screening, presentations on garden related topics, live entertainment.


April 9-13- Calgary, AB, Aggie Days

Organic Alberta will be there in partnership with Slow Food Calgary and Grow Calgary

April 10- Calgary, AB, Vandana Shiva

6-9pm Red and White Club Stadium, 1817 Crowchild Trail NW. Tickets – $20 and are available on-line. Presented by Public Interest Alberta. More info is available here.

April 11- Edmonton, AB, Vandana Shiva

7pm Ballroom, Chateau Lacombe Hotel, 10111 Bellamy Hill, Edmonton. Presented by Public Interest Alberta. More info is available here.

April 23 – Online, Bauta Seed Initiative Webinar on Seed Production

June 26 – Lac La Biche, AB, Seed, Vegetable and Berry  Tour

Come and learn about our seed trials! This tour is organized by Lac La Biche County and includes a tour of Sand Springs Ranch and Shady Lane Berry Farm. Meet at the Lac La Biche Agriplex at 12:30 to board the bus to the farms. Back at the parking lot for dinner at 5:30. To register, call Kyle Beniuk at the County office 780-623-6366.

July 9 – Lethbridge, AB, Organic Alberta Vegetable, Aquaponics and Greenhouse Field Tour

What do aquaponics, new research in organic greenhouse production, and incredible market opportunities all have in common? They’re all jam-packed into one fun-filled field day hosted by Organic Alberta! Come out July 9th to explore innovations in aquaponics, hear lessons learned from researcher Martine Dorais at Noble Spuds farm, and consider innovative models in distribution and new markets by Galimax, The Organic Box, and more! Tickets available here.

July 10-12 – Lethbridge, AB, Canadian Society of Agronomic Research Symposium

This conference will have a focus on organics and integrated cropping systems. For more information, visit this site.

July 14 – Viking, AB, Trees and Bees Field Day

Hosted at Don and Marie Ruzicka’s farm in Viking, this workshop includes several speakers on the benefits of trees in an agricultural landscape, and the values of maintaining or expanding tree coverage is invaluable for organic producers. Learn how to design and plant shelterbelts and how to maintain pollinators with eco-buffers. Register with Don (, 780-385-2474) or Kelsey (, 780-348-4129). Runs from 9-1pm.

July 15 – Gronlid, SK, Jill Clapperton Living soil workshop

In this one day hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to interpret the common measures of soil health and some basic changes in soil and crop management practices that can have big impacts on soil health. Presented by the government of Saskatchewan and OCIA Canada. Registration $50 incl lunch, supper tickets $20. To register contact Carol Lowndes or 306-327-4753.

July 18 – Carman, MB, Advanced Organic Crop Diagnostics School

This advanced workshop is designed for agronomists, extension personnel and experienced organic farmers wishing to expand their knowledge of organic farming. Workshop runs from 8:30 to 4:00, $35 per person. To register call Monika Menold at 204-745-5663. Takes place at at University of Manitoba Ian N. Morrison Research Farm Carman, Manitoba 1.8 km west of the junction of #3 and #13

July 22 – Carman, MB, Organic Field Tour

Come and see the latest in organic research at the University of Manitoba’s Natural Systems Agriculture research farm tour. 6-8pm at University of Manitoba Ian N. Morrison Research Farm Carman, Manitoba 1.8 km west of the junction of #3 and #13

July 26 – Regina, SK, OCIA chapter 3 field day

Starts at 1:00 at Keewatin Farms , north of Regina. For more information, email Robyn Hamman at

August 6 – Morinville, AB, Central Alberta Organic Farm Tour

We will tour three organic farms and see participatory breeding, oat variety trials, organic dairy and beef and more! For more information, see the events page on the Organic Alberta website here.

August 8 – Fort Vermillion, AB, Northern Peace Field Tour

In partnership with the Mackenzie Applied Research Association in Fort Vermillion, Organic Alberta will be hosting a tour of the research plots at the Mara research station, followed by visits to organic farms and their on-farm oat trials. The day will wrap up with a meeting on organic oats. Come on out on August 8th to get up to date on organic oats and more! To register call Jacob at the Mackenzie Applied Research Association 780-285-0988.

August 21-23 – Mount Vernon, WA, Grain Gathering

The Grain Gathering: rebuilding local and regional grain networks, seed to table.  The annual conference brings together professional and home bakers, maltsters, brewers, millers, farmers, wheat breeders, food writers, wood-oven builders, and people who come to enjoy “summer camp for bread lovers”.  Over 40 workshops, panel discussions and demonstrations explore a range of topics which may include planting a backyard grain garden, brewing beer, making bagels in a wood fired oven, baking in a tandoor oven, building an earth oven, starting a bakery, the science of bread, and comparing flavors in a variety of wheats and other grains.  A series of professional workshops create an opportunity for peers to share experiences, skills, and new ideas.  Four to six workshops and presentations run simultaneously to accommodate the wide diversity of grain-related interests. Read more here. SOLD OUT FOR 2014!

November 7-8 – Regina, SK, Organic Connections 2014

This is the main event for organic farmers in the Canadian Prairies! For more information, visit the site here.

January , 2015 – Olympia, WA, Cascadia Grains Conference

The Cascadia Grains Conference brings together farmers, processors and end-users, as well as investors, brokers and local government officials to support rebuilding a grain economy west of the Cascade Mountains in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia through three value-added enterprises – brewing and distilling, animal feed, as well as baking and other food uses. See the link here. This is the premiere small-scale grain conference of the North-West. Please contact me if you are interested in going to this conference.

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