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The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security


Everdale has been proud to be the regional hub in Ontario of The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security (BFICSS) since 2013. The hub in Ontario has since moved to Seeds of Diversity Canada, but we are proud to have helped support the program in the province, and will continue to help farmers build regional seed security in any way we can. 

The goal of the BFICSS is to help support and build a Canadian seed system that provides a solid foundation for food security, climate resilience, and community well-being, by pursuing the following objectives:

  • Expanding the production and conservation of high quality, regionally adapted, ecologically grown, Canadian seed;
  • Building ongoing collaboration among individuals and organizations committed to advancing an ecological and diverse seed system in Canada.

This program was made possible thanks to the generous support of Mrs. Gretchen Bauta, member of the Weston family. It is delivered by USC Canada, in partnership with Seeds of Diversity Canada and through the generous support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.

Everdale remains home to one of the few publicly accessible seed libraries in the country, managed by Seeds of Diversity Canada, where gardeners and farmers can request to grow out seed from over 3000 varieties vegetables and field crops. Moreover, as a hands-on teaching farm, Everdale continues to serve as a research site for the BFICSS Seed Grow-out program and the BFICSS Participatory Plant Breeding program. 

Aabir Dey and Marie-Eve Levert are the National Program Managers in Canada and the Regional Coordinators for The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security for Ontario. 

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