On March 1st, 2019 we leased three and a half acres of certified organic land at the Maple Lane Agricultural Innovation Centre in Abbotsford. Our Research and Education Seed Farm has become a nucleus for local seed development where we conduct our public breeding trials. Our team also facilitates citizen learning opportunities in an effort to further engage with city and farm folks on the potential of seed production in BC.
With this, a first-of-its-kind model in BC, we plan to demonstrate that seed production can be economically viable. Our team records the amount of weeding, planting, and irrigation required to grow our crops in a journal which acts as a helpful farm planning tool. We then harvest, count, and record data for particular vegetable varieties like watermelon radish and lemon cucumber as part of our many trials and public seed breeding collaborations. Tools, such as our Seed Enterprise Budgets, helps us monetize inputs, costs, and additional steps required to grow certain crops in order to determine the agro-economics of each variety best suited for BC’s growing conditions