Local Seed Initiative Shifts Focus to Economics

Seed Security Won't Happen if it Doesn't Pay the Bills

Published by Country Life in BC, January 2019

Author: Ronda Payne

FarmFolk CityFolk is receiving $100,000 over two years under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to promote the production of BC-grown vegetable seed. Chris Thoreau, program co-ordinator for the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security with FarmFolk CityFolk, said the funding will help the Vancouver-based not-forprofit address the business side of seed production. “[We’ve] been sort of switching from more diversity and community-oriented projects, which are still important, to a more business-focused perspective,” says Thoreau. “Farmers and growers are interested in seed production but there’s a big gap in understanding the economics of it.”

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