As we harvest and process our final seed crops, it’s time to reflect on the inaugural year of our Research and Education Seed Farm site in North Saanich.
With a quarter acre of bare ground that had seen better days, this spring our Vancouver Island Seed Security Program Coordinator, Lisa Willott, embarked upon setting up a small plot to grow out several variety trials. Starting off with a plan for approximately five beds, the plot somehow expanded into 13 beds. Erika Hathaway joined the team to provide some crucial part-time help as a farm assistant. With a lot of rock-picking and amendment adding, we crossed our fingers and sent good thoughts to the seeds buried in the soil. Our hopes were met as the seeds flourished beautifully!