BC Seed Gathering 2021: A History of BC Seed Production

BC is well known for its abundance of small-scale vegetable seed companies and annual circuit of Seedy Saturdays and Sundays in over 50 communities across the province. But commercial vegetable seed production in BC dates back to 1915, originally triggered by vegetable seed shortages due to the onset of WWI. In this presentation, Chris Thoreau will document the growth and subsequent decline of BC’s commercial vegetable seed sector between 1915 and 1958 and how it might help inform modern day seed production in BC.

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