Seed workshops at Guelph Organic ConferenceStart on January 28th 2017. End on January 29th 2017
The Future of Canadian Organic Grains
Iris Vaisman, The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security
Saturday, January 28
1:45pm - 3:15pm
Organic grains have never been in higher demand than they are today. However, Canadian producers have not been able to keep up supply. We need more organic farmers growing diversified quantities of good quality organic grains. How can we grow the sector?
The presenters will discuss best management practices for organic grains, and how growers and organizations are increasing the supply of diversified organic grains to create new opportunities for organic farmers.
Organic Plant Breeding: How to Create the Heirlooms of Tomorrow
Duane Falk, The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security
Rebecca Ivanoff, Whole Circle Farm
Sunday, January 29
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Farmers are the original plant breeders. But the practice of plant breeding has disappeared from most farms, and is now in the hands of only a few agricultural institutions and companies – how can we bring back this lost art into the farming community again?
At this session, get a crash course on the basic concepts of plant breeding, and hear the success stories of organic farmers and seed producers that are breeding and developing new on-farm varieties today, that will become the heirlooms of tomorrow.