Cowichan Agricultural Seed Hub

 

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.

We are pleased to announce that the Ross Wristen Inclusion Garden is open! This accessible farm-style community gardens is 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 and five raised planter boxes, this space is available for rent for individuals or groups. We have already had success with individuals form Community Inclusive Services and Clements Centre Society.

   

For more information or to get involved please email seedhub@cowichangreencommunity.org or by phoning 250-748-8506.

 

Please check out our 2019/2020 Seed Order List

Orders can be placed via email seedhub@cowichangreencommunity.org or by phone at 250-748-8506.

We can also process bulk orders on a first come first serve basis, while quantities last.

Meet with Cowichan Agricultural Seed Hub Team!

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Hired as in intern in January of 2018, Kat soon took over management of the Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm Project, located at the Cowichan Agricultural Seed Hub. Kat is a certified Horticultural Technician with a real passion for the education around local seed and food production while providing a welcoming and inclusive space for all community members. She is excited to bolster her information repertoire by taking the Horticultural Therapy Program. Kat is excited for the opportunity to meet and work with so many inspiring people.

Kat is the Program Supervisor for the Cowichan Agricultural Seed Hub.

 

 

       

 

Interested in Seed Farming?

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 kat@cowichangreencommunity.org to request a form.

 


Media

Cowichan Incubator Farm Grow Opportunities for New Farmers- Island Coastal Economic Trust

Cowichan Incubator Seed FarmValley Voice

It all starts with a seed: Cowichan Valley incubates the first of its kind seed farmBC Food Security Gateway

Duncan Home to Canada's First Teaching Incubator Seed FarmBusiness Examiner 

Ministry funding plants seeds for employment and community- Province of British Columbia 


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