Seed Connections: the 2012 ECOSGN Seed Symposium

November 9-11, 2012; Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec

SEED CONNECTIONS is the first major seed growing conference in Eastern Canada. Seed savers, farmers, gardeners, market growers and all kind of seedy people will be able to get together to  learn and talk about seed, and bring the Canadian organic seed movement further. Don’t miss the connection!

This fully bilingual event brings Canadian and American speakers from a number of Seed Companies and Organizations to share their seedy knowledge, skill, and experience with participants over three days of workshops, meals, and socializing.

Friday starts with a half-day course on the Principles of Seed Growing in a classroom setting. The afternoon shifts to Tourne-Sol cooperative farm to visit an organic seed farm and participate in an on-farm seed-cleaning workshop.

Saturday and Sunday offer two streams of seed workshops with something for everyone. The SEED BASICS stream focuses on technical seed saving and seed growing skills. The TAKING SEED TO THE NEXT LEVEL stream gets into more advanced growing topics such as on-farm breeding and also covers different aspects of growing seed for sale.

Saturday night starts with a Seeds of Diversity fundraising supper and a keynote by Frank Morton from Wild Garden Seeds.  Saturday evening culminates with a foot-stomping high-energy CONTRA DANCE with local band Ste.Anne en Gigue.


 Language: Workshops given in English or French with simultaneous translation through headsets.

When: November 9-11, 2012

Where: Centennial Center, MacDonald Campus, McGill University, 21111 Lakeshore Road, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec H9X 3V9. Download MAP of MacDonald Campus.

Register online at

Accommodations can be booked at the Comfort Inn Montréal Aéroport. About 15 minutes drive from MacDonald Campus. Address: 700 boul. St. Jean, Pointe-Claire, Québec, Canada H9R 3K2. Tel: 514-697-6210Call and quote “ECOSGN” for special single or double rate at $89.

Fri Nov. 9: Seed Course and On-Farm Seed Cleaning
(lunch NOT included)
Sat & Sun Nov. 10-11 Regular Fee
(includes lunch on both days)
Sat & Sun Nov. 10-11 Student Fee
(includes lunch on both days)
One day: Sat or Sun Nov. 10 or 11
(includes lunch)
Sat. Nov. 10 Seeds of Diversity fundraising supper and keynote $55

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