Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm

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

 

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.

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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 kat@cowichangreencommunity.org or 250-748-8506.

 

 

Meet with Incubator Seed Farm Team

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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.

 

Our Seeds:

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 kat@cowichangreencommunity.org or visit the Cow-Op online Farmer’s Market here.

Crop Type Variety I.O.P.A.

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Weight/Package (g) Aprox. # Seeds Germ % Price
Radish Pink Beauty Yes 1.5 250 98 $3.50
Arugula Rucola Yes 2 500 100 $3.50
Mustard Spicy Curls Yes 1 250 94 $3.50
Kale Olympic Red Yes 1 250 99 $3.50
Kale North Star Polaris Yes 1 250 98 $3.50
Orach Red Yes 4 500 75 $3.50
Chard Joy’s Midnight Yes 2 200 96 $3.50
Bok Choy Prize Choy Yes 2 500 98 $3.50
Bean Cerise du Japon 15 50 96 $3.50
Bean Orca 10 20 88 $3.50
Bean Taylor’s Horticultural 10 25 100 $3.50
Bean Mayan Red 10 40 100 $3.50
Bean Weiner Trieb 10 30 100 $3.50
Bean Black French 3.75 15 100 $3.50
Lettuce Gold Rush .1 30 90 $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
Tomatillo Cisineros Yes .3 30 89 $3.50
Pea Carruther’s Purple Podded Yes 3.5 15 90 $3.50
Melon Blacktail Watermelon Yes 1 20 84 $3.50
Melon Sweet Passion 1 30 100 $3.50
Tomato Tiger Stripe .5 80 96 $3.50
Tomato Paul Robeson .5 80 96 $3.50
Tomato Fakel Yes .5 80 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
Squash Potimarron 2.5 15 80 $3.50
Lentil Red 10 250 98 $3.50
Chickpea Desi 10 65 87 $3.50
Flower Phacelia 1 170 100 $3.50
Flower Shungiku .75 25 85 $3.50
Barley Purple Hulless 30 600 99 $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

 

 

 

 


Media

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 communityProvince of British Columbia 


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