Bursary offered for Organic Seed Production course.

Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers 2019 Organic Seed Production Bursary

Offer expanded to Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands

CVGSS is offering a full scholarship for Vancouver Island and Gulf Island farmers to take Canadian Organic Growers 2019 intermediate online Organic Seed Production course and practicum.

This in depth course covers commercial production, harvesting, marketing, and breeding of organic seeds plus guidance in build your own seed-farm business plan.

The course will focus on building the competencies needed for successful, commercial organic seed producers. Modules covered in this certificate program include:

  1. Organic Farming Practices

  2. Organic Seed Production and Harvesting

  3. Organic Seed Quality Assurance

  4. The Business of Organic Seed Production

  5. On-Farm Organic Plant Breeding

For all of the details go to: https://www.cog.ca/cog_event/2019-organic-vegetable-seed-production/

For the successful applicant, CVGSS will cover:

  1. $1,000 up front for tuition fees and books with the balance reimbursed upon successful completion. Total $1,100 + taxes.

  2. $350.00 up front for the practicum with the balance reimbursed upon successful completion. Total $400.00 + taxes.

We are looking for:

  • A Vancouver Island or Gulf Island commercial farmer with a minimum of 2 years commercial production and sales

  • With Secure access to owned or leased land

  • Who is Organic certified or working towards certification

  • Who wants to start or expand commercial seed production

The course starts April 8th with a registration deadline of March 24. To provide enough time to assess applications, CVGSS requests all applications be in by March 15, 2019.

2019 Organic Seed Production Bursary Application

Deadline: March 15, 2019

Name:

Address:

Telephone:

Email:

Tell us about your farm and business. These are our main questions, but please do not hesitate to add any additional information that you think would be helpful.

  1. How long have you been growing commercially?
  1. Are you certified organic and if not, are you transitioning to organic? Please provide details.
  1. Which crops are you currently growing commercially and do you have plans to expand?

Email applications to: cvseedsavers@gmail.com

For more information, contact Dianna Talbot at 250-339-4042

Applications will be reviewed and approved by the board of the Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers.

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