Seed production capacity building grants available

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OrganicBiz staff

The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security is offering “seed production capacity building grants” to assist development of seed sources for ecological farming systems.

The initiative has worked in partnerships with host organizations and expert seed savers across Canada to offer training on seed production since 2013. The grants are to help recipients participate in training opportunities that require travel outside of their local area.

The grants are in two forms: seed training event support and custom seed learning support.

The grants are aimed at seed producers, farmers, farm workers, seed companies, and students learning about ecological seed production.

Grants will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications will be considered until all available funds are allocated, up to October 31, 2016.

Growers can apply for up to $500 to attend the following training events on ecological seed production. These events offer intermediate to advanced training on growing vegetable seeds and field crops. Eligible costs include travel expenses and registration fees.

  • Kneading Conference: Skowhegan, Maine – July 28, 29, 2016
  • Seed Savers Exchange Annual Conference & Campout: Decorah, Iowa – Jul. 15-17, 2016
  • NOVIC 2-day Plant Breeding Intensive: Pablo, Montana – Sept. 13-14, 2016
  • Culinary Breeding Network Variety Showcase: Portland, Oregon – October 3, 2016
  • ECOSGN @ ACORN Conference: Moncton, New Brunswick: Nov. 28-30, 2016
  • Northeast Organic Seed Conference @ NOFA-NY Winter Conference: Saratoga Springs, NY: Jan. 20-22, 2017

Applicants may propose other events that fit within the goals of this program. These will be considered on a case-by-case basis. There is a limit of one event per applicant. Activities must take place before January 31, 2017.

Growers can also apply for grants of up to $750 for custom seed learning to assist with travel costs. There is a limit of one learning exchange per applicant. Activities must happen before December 31, 2017.

Completed application forms and supporting documents should be sent to BFICSS co-ordinator in your region: Iris Vaisman, Organic Alberta, [email protected].