Guest post: Sustainable Agriculture in BC
Our friends at FarmFolk CityFolk are Modo Business members and use Modo regularly for all their business needs. In this guest post, learn about the annual BC Seed Gathering.
The weekend of November 3–4 saw over 100 seed growers, community organizers and advocates come together for the BC Seed Gathering. Organized by Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems program in partnership with FarmFolk CityFolk, this two day event provided learning and engagement opportunities delving into all things seed, as well as creating an opportunity for strategizing how to further strengthen, grow and connect local seed systems with our economies and communities.
With seed equipment, venue supplies, food donations and people to transport, the Organizing Committee turned to Modo for support. The first stop was getting the organizers together for planning meetings to review schedules, presenter information, registered attendees, and organize all of the details for donations and volunteers. The second stop was picking up the incredible array of food donations from events sponsors. Chris zipped around town in a handy Modo van to load up on goods from our generous sponsors—Pro Organics, A bread Affair, BobAli Foods, Whole Foods, Oyama Sausage Company, One Degree Organic Foods, Nature’s Path, Hippie Snacks, the Organic Grocer, SPUD, Discovery Organics and Dogwood Brewing. It was a cornucopia of amazing, local food!
By the time Friday came around it was people that needed to be transported. Modo vans were used to pick up participants from transit hubs and shuttle them to UBC Farm for a tour of the variety trials underway in partnership with the BC Seed Trials. Modo vans then took participants to KPU’s Richmond Campus where the rest of the BC Seed Gathering was held.
Over the course of a very full Friday and Saturday, seven in-depth sessions were offered for beginner and advanced seed growers as well as a full stream for community leaders organizing Seedy Saturdays and Seed Libraries. KPU was abuzz with conversations, networking, deep dialogue and much camaraderie long into the night. We couldn’t have done such an organized tear down job without our trusty Modo van; it was Tetris in action filling it to the brim to load up all the supplies, including some large seed cleaning equipment. Thanks Modo for helping make the BC Seed Gathering a huge success!