Interested in Seed Farming?
Program Overview: 2019 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. This program will run from May 6th- October 31st. 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, 2019
Total Amount Due: $1375.00
*Bursary application forms are available, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a form.
The Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm (CISF) is a growing project that addresses food security in the Cowichan Region. Located on Municipality of North Cowichan land on Beverly Street, the Incubator Farm team has been busy restoring and enhancing a once prime agricultural site.
A secure, diverse, and regionally adapted seed supply is essential to a community’s food security. The loss of seed diversity, localized production, and the skills and knowledge to produce this supply is a challenge the Cowichan Green Community is intent on addressing.
The farm serves the region not only as a centre of production and education – hosting workshops and seminars on seed production – but is home to a Community Seed Bank and Community Seed Library. The site is managed following agroecological principles and provides demonstrations of pollinator friendly landscaping, native habitat restoration, and organic production methods.
Keep an eye out for upcoming workshops, seminars, and training opportunities to be offered at the Farm, or stop in for a visit if you see an open gate.
For further information contact Kat Brust at email@example.com 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.
2018/2019 Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm
Seed Order List
*Orders will be processed in order of first come first serve while quantities last
Please email desired order to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Cow-Op online Farmer’s Market here.
|Weight/Package (g)||Aprox. # Seeds||Germ %||Price|
|Kale||North Star Polaris||Yes||1||250||98||$3.50|
|Bok Choy||Prize Choy||Yes||2||500||98||$3.50|
|Bean||Cerise du Japon||15||50||96||$3.50|
|Flower||Sunflower mix w/Reds||Yes||1.5||30||88||$3.50|
|Flower||Sunflower mix w/ Reds||Yes||½ lb||4500||89||$15.00|
|Pea||Carruther’s Purple Podded||Yes||3.5||15||90||$3.50|
|Squash||Musquee d’hiver du Provence||3.5||15||100||$3.50|
|Squash||Table King (Acorn)||1.5||20||80||$3.50|
|Barley||Purple Hulless||½ lb||5000||99||$15.00|
|Beets||Lutz Green Leaf||3.5||100||90||$3.50|
|Beets||Lutz Green Leaf||½ lb||6000||90||$15.00|
Cowichan Incubator Farm Grow Opportunities for New Farmers– Island Coastal Economic Trust
Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm– Valley Voice
It all starts with a seed: Cowichan Valley incubates the first of its kind seed farm– BC Food Security Gateway
Duncan Home to Canada’s First Teaching Incubator Seed Farm– Business Examiner
Ministry funding plants seeds for employment and community– Province of British Columbia