Through Training & Networking Opportunities

Through conferences, field days, workshops, webinars, and mentorships, The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security co-creates engaging learning spaces with farmers and seed savers in the communities where we work.

Peer exchange is one of the best ways to learn, be it about technical aspects of seed production, strategies for running a seed business, or how to conduct on-farm research. Training opportunities are organized in each region to facilitate farmer-to-farmer exchange, foster and develop the skills and knowledge of local seed stewards, and to provide opportunities for everyone in the community to visit and hear about this important work in the field.

ONLINE EVENTS

Each or our regional programs offer a variety of in person and virtual events, field days, and workshops. For information on those, please contact your Regional Coordinator. We also produce virtual sessions to address topics of interest to seed growers across the country. Please see below for a full listing.

 

LESSONS FROM THE BREADLAB

Date: March 6, 2024, 1:00 pm central time. Speakers: Robin Morgan (Breadlab), Michelle Carkner (University of Manitoba). Description: Plant breeders put a lot of effort into developing new, high quality varieties. Have you ever wondered who tells them what to breed for? And how do we decide what makes a quality variety? These are the questions being asked at Washington State University’s Breadlab, where researchers and plant breeders work closely with farmers and bakers through participatory plant breeding (PPB). Join us to hear from Robin Morgan who will challenge assumptions about the plant breeding process and share about working with farmers to shift priorities in grain breeding.  

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 CANOVI-CIOA CARROT TRIALS RESULTS FARM CLUB

Date: February 7, 2024, 1:00 pm eastern time. Speakers: Micaela Colley (Organic Seed Alliance), Phil Simon (UDSA), Weijia Wang and Chris Thoreau (CANOVI). Description: CANOVI and CIOA (the Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture project, led by Organic Seed Alliance)are collaborators in carrot breeding and trialing, and are proud to co-host this virtual event to talk about 2023 carrot trials across Canada and the USA, as well as the plant breeding effort behind some of the trialed varieties. At this event we'll hear from Micalea Colley (Organic Seed Alliance), Phil Simon (US Dept. of Agriculture), and CANOVI Project Leads Weijia Wang and Chris Thoreau. There will be lots of time reserved for discussion -- a great opportunity to connect with other participating growers and share your experience.

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Plant Breeding Projects Virtual Showcase

Date: January 30, 2024, 2:00 pm eastern time. Speakers: Fiona Hamersley (Metchosin Seeds, BC), Craig Boychuk (No Coast Seeds, SK), Dan Brisebois (Ferme Tournesol Farm QC), Chris Sanford (Yonder Hill Farm, NS). Description: In this mid-winter seed diversity celebration, farmers from coast to coast share about their on-farm plant breeding projects – from chard to zucchini, sweet peppers, lettuce, and more. A fantastic opportunity to hear about the innovative and inspiring plant breeding work happening on organic and agro-ecological farms in Canada.

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