Date: March 30, 2022. Speakers: Dan Brisebois (Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm), Stacey Denton (Flora), Eric Budzynski (Floret), with moderator Clara Qualizza (Meadow & Thicket Farm Flowers, The Sustainable Flowers Podcast)

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Learn to successfully grow ecological flower seed from a panel of experts! Not only are flowers beautiful to humans and pollinators alike, but the cut flower sector is experiencing unprecedented growth. This has created a tremendous opportunity for ecological flower seed producers. However, there is a distinct lack of information on species-specific seed production, and how to produce quality flower seed. Growers are often stymied by the lack of information about the isolation requirements for different species, how to collect and clean the seed, and what to do about low and/or variable germination rates. This panel of experienced seed producers will teach participants how to grow ecological flower seed successfully. Image courtesy of Dan Brisebois.

Additional Resources

Stacey Denton’s Flower Chart
Spreadsheet from Dan Brisebois: Plan How Much to Grow For Seed
How to find out if a variety is protected by intellectual property laws in Canada: Status of Plant Breeders' Rights Applications and Grant of Rights
Joshua Fetz' Seed Saving Chart (in English with Latin names)
Textbook mentioned by Eric: Flower Seeds: Biology and Technology, by Miller B. McDonald
Basic seed saving resources from the Community Seed Network
Basic seed saving resources from Seeds of Diversity
Links shared with Land Acknowledgement:
https://www.whose.land & https://native-land.ca/ & https://efao.ca/land-acknowledgement & https://efao.ca/anti-racism-in-farming