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Seed Sovereignty Mini-School: Embark on Your Seed Keeping Journey

Thursday March 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Venue: Online

Online via Zoom - link will be sent to registrants

Member Month Pricing | $10 Register

Welcome to Seed Sovereignty Mini-School!

The content of this event is geared towards Indigenous growers, land stewards and community members, who are invited to access this webinar free of charge! Please use the coupon code SDSCH1 at registration to receive free admission. 

All are welcome to attend this two-session webinar series.

Session #1: Embark on Your Seed Keeping Journey – Mastering the Basics

Join Tiffany Traverse for this introductory session designed to help build confidence in choosing, growing and saving seeds for and from your garden, using varieties suited to your (and your community’s) specific needs and climatic conditions. 

Together, we’ll explore:

  • Understanding the language on seed packets
  • Discussion of climate zones
  • Isolation distances for growing seed
  • The life cycle of seeds
  • Threshing, winnowing, wet processing, and storing seeds
  • Season extension
  • Adapting for change (drought, frost, flood, food shortage/inflation, etc.)
  • Selecting varieties suited for food storage & preservation (cold storage, drying, canning, etc.)

Register for Session #2: Cross-Generational Seed Stewardship – Bridging the Past, Present, and Future


About the speaker: Tiffany Traverse is an Indigenous seed and land steward at Fourth Sister Farm, a guest in the Peace Region of what’s now known as BC, on Treaty 8 territory, homeland of the Dane-zaa peoples. Having grown up on her Great Grandparent’s homestead, on her peoples’ traditional Secwépemc territory in the Columbia Valley, Tiffany’s love for growing food and stewarding the land, comes as naturally as breathing.

Living now in northeastern BC, she continues to foster the belief that if you care for the land, it will give back to you in droves. Having the privilege of arable land access and a passion for community-led research, has given Tiffany the ability to participate in variety trials through CANOVI and Seed Savers Exchange, as well as the Seed Seva Seasonal Mentorship program with Rowen White. Her path has also led her to help conduct a large grow-out and stewardship of rare Indigenous seed under the mentorship of Métis Seedkeeper Caroline Chartrand.


March is Member Month at EFAO! Join EFAO or renew in March and you’ll be entered to win 3 books of their choice from New Society Publishers! Visit the EFAO membership page for more details.

This webinar is part of EFAO’s Indigenous Outreach and Engagement Initiative, which is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

In order to make our events accessible to all current and aspiring farmers in Ontario, EFAO uses a “pay what you can” model. To register using this model, please complete this form!