QUEBEC

This is where you’ll find information specific to the Quebec programming of The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Please check-in frequently to get updates on program activities, including training events and funding opportunities.

QUEBEC PROGRAM NEWSLETTER

To make sure you don’t miss anything, please sign-up for the Quebec program newsletter by clicking here. This newsletter is used principally to inform subscribers of key events and dates, including deadlines for funding applications.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Hugo Martorell is the Regional Coordinator for the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security for Quebec while Helen Jensen is on maternity leave. You can reach Hugo by email at hmartorell@usc-canada.org.

THE REGION OF QUEBEC

Quebec has a strong food culture and places a high value on local food and heritage seed varieties that are linked to Quebec’s rich history and identity. There is a very active community of seed savers and urban gardeners, as evidenced by the strong participation at Seedy Saturdays throughout the province. There are also a number of dynamic organic grower cooperatives working to prioritize organics research and to develop high quality organic seed as a great next step for local, sustainable food in the province.

USC Canada is currently hosting the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security in Quebec, in addition to overseeing the direction and implementation of the program at the national level. USC Canada brings experience from years of participation in Seedy Saturdays across Canada, as well as a depth of knowledge from its Seeds of Survival program overseas.

Program activities in Quebec include increased networking and resources for existing seed producers, and a network of participatory plant breeding for wheat, oats, potato and corn. New in 2017, a Seed Mentorship program is pairing experienced seed producers with newer seed producers to strengthen networks in the seed community and foster learning opportunities.