In 2018, we bought a trailer and outfitted it with seed cleaning equipment to help farmers save and clean their seeds; readying them for sale. In 2021, we added three additional mobile trailers, two for the Metro Vancouver area, one for Vancouver Island and one in the Thompson Cariboo. We are continuing to expand and improve our equipment as we find out farmers’ needs in the areas we serve. Since then, we have cleaned over 100,000 pounds of over 50 seed varieties as part of our mission to support BC farmers and increase the availability of provincially grown organic seed. Our Mobile Seed Cleaning Trailer has been on tour across southern portions of the province, responding to demand for on-farm seed cleaning capabilities.
Often a lack or complete absence of equipment, such as the equipment in our trailer, stops growers from pursuing certain opportunities. Seed cleaning can be tedious but our trailer increases the efficiency of this process while reducing labour costs, and improves the quality of the finished product. For example, our mobile trailer helps farmers increase the germination rate of their seed lots as compared to sorting by hand.
In addition to cleaning lots of seeds, our trailer helps farmers scale-up and incorporate seed production and cleaning as an economically viable part of their business which leads to great food system resilience for all.