CHRIS THOREAU

Regional Coordinator,
British Columbia
chris@farmfolkcityfolk.ca

Chris has been engaged in small-scale and urban food production since 2001 as a farmer, educator, community organizer, and advocate. His career began in Victoria, BC operating a certified organic farm for 6 years. He learned the ins and outs of plant breeding and seed saving through local workshops and training with Washington State's Organic Seed Alliance. Since 2008, Chris has been based in Vancouver, BC where he received his BSc. in Agroecology in 2011 from UBC - focusing his studies on urban farming, soil management, and small-scale plant breeding.  During this time he founded and developed the Vancouver Food Pedalers Cooperative, one of Vancouver's longest running urban farms. And he helped found the Vancouver Urban Farming Society, bringing urban farming to the forefront of the City's agenda as a major part of its goal to be the greenest city in the world by 2020. In 2015, Chris joined FarmFolk CityFolk as the BC regional coordinator for the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. When he isn't obsessing over seeds, soil, and harvests, Chris spends much of his time with this son, doing everything from soccer to skating, running to wall-climbing, and reading to wrestling!