at demonstration sites across Canada

engage local seed

Farmers and seed stewards across Canada create and adapt an incredible diversity of plants through both plant breeding and selection. This work is at the heart of seed security and emerging regional seed systems across the country, and it is vital to sustain climate resilient agro-ecological agriculture. In 2021-2023, we will be showcasing this work as well as trialing regional varieties at demonstration sites across Canada. These sites will be places where you can see, touch, taste, and smell the beauty, deliciousness, and resilience of regionally bred and adapted varieties. Each site will host training workshops, tours, and tasting events. This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program (CASPP), a $50.3 million, five-year investment to help the agricultural sector adapt and remain competitive.


Demonstration gardens in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island will showcase over 30 locally bred, selected, and stewarded vegetable varieties from 12 growers, in 4 provinces, and includes trials of 2 regionally adapted varieties: Paydon acorn squash and Nomad pepper.

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The Research and Education Seed Farm is our main demo site in BC.  We replicate variety trials, grow out seeds and roots for participatory plant breeding projects, and invite farmers to send us seeds from their breeding projects so we can share our observations with them.  Field days for farmers and gardeners on-site help share knowledge and empower the current and future generations of seed savers.

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The Prairie demonstration sites showcase Participatory Plant Breeding wheat and oat varieties. These farmer-bred varieties were selected and adapted for regional climate conditions and farmer needs.

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Ontario’s regional seed Demonstration Gardens are sites for exploring and showcasing 80 different vegetable varieties best suited for regional seed production. They are growing crop varieties for conservation in partnership with Seeds of Diversity, as well as and trialing okra, red pepper varieties, and carrot varieties in collaboration with farmers across the province.

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The demo gardens in Estrie, Centre-du-Québec and Bas St Laurent are highlighting participatory plant breeding and farmer-led seed projects, encompassing dozens of vegetables, bulbs and tubers, niche grains (quinoa, kernza, switchgrass) and cover crops.

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