The Cowichan Agricultural Seed Hub (CASH) is a growing project that helps to address issues with food security in the Cowichan Region. It includes out Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm, a farm grows crops specifically for seed and aims to educate farmers and community members a like on the importance of locally grown, locally adapted, organic and sustainable, open-sourced seed. CASH will also see the expansion of the Cowichan Regions Seed Bank, Seed Library and Agricultural Equipment Library (https://cowichangreencommunity.org/project/agricultural-equipment-library/).
The Cowichan Agricultural Seed Hub, located at 2431 Beverly Street, is open to the public Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays between 9:00am and 4:00pm. Visitors are also welcome and encouraged to stop by whenever the gate is open. CASH is offering seed sales on site as well as vegetable and flower plant sales.
Also in the works is the Ross Wristen Inclusion Garden, an inclusive space for people with different abilities, youth at risk , seniors, and those who wish to support them, to find community and passion while learning valuable farm and garden skills. With four 120 foot wheel chair accessible rows, this space is currently in the development stages but has already had success with individuals form Community Inclusive Partnerships as well as the Clements Centre Society.
For further information contact Kat Brust at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-748-8506.
Kat is a recent graduate from Vancouver Island University’s Horticulture Technician Foundation program. She has had a long standing passion for working with different plants, her favourite being edibles. Being born and raised in the Cowichan Valley, working for Cowichan Green Community has been a goal of Kat’s for years. Becoming a farmer for our Incubator Seed Farm is a real dream come true. Kat is excited for the opportunity to meet and work with so many inspiring people.
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Program Overview: 2020 Incubation Season
Basically, without seeds there would be no food. As one of the many projects under the Cowichan Green Community, the ultimate focus of the Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm is to work towards food security and sustainability in the Cowichan region. Our goal is train people in growing a locally adapted, organic seed supply for the Cowichan region and beyond. Graduates will leave with all the knowledge needed to seed, grow, and care for seed crops as well as harvesting, cleaning and storing seed. With a ten hour a week commitment, we will cover a two hour cooperative learning session and eight hours of hands on learning by doing. Topics discussed will be, but not limited to, the following:
Organic standards Role of Seeds in Food Security
Business of Organic seed production Reproductive biology of plants
Soils Science Seed Crop Considerations
Choosing your seed crop Seed Quality
Field Tillage and Cultivation Field planting: transplanting and direct seeding
Irrigation: Principles and practices Compost
Weed Management Pest management
Disease management Plant Breeding
Genetics in seed production Biennial Seed Production
Harvesting Processing seed
Seed Quality Cover cropping
Cost Break Down
Total Tuition: $2500.00
Pilot Year Discount: 25% -$625.00
Early Bird Discount: 20% -$500.00
*To qualify for the early bird discount, a deposit of $500.00 must be paid before January 1st, 2020
Total Amount Due: $1375.00
*Bursary application forms are available, please email email@example.com to request a form.
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Ministry funding plants seeds for employment and community- Province of British Columbia