An ACORN Event

Seed Business Training

Date(s) November 12 - November 13, 2019

Truro, NS

Seed Business Training

This 1.5 day training session will be led by Mary Brittain of the Cottage Gardener Heirloom Seedhouse. Focusing on the business aspects of commercial organic seed production, the workshop will address topics such as: identifying target markets for seed, understanding key success factors, determining profitability of seed crops, understanding contracts, selling wholesale/retail, and selling seed exclusively/as part of a mixed farm operation. Based on the business module of COG's national Organic Vegetable Seed Production E-Learning Course, the workshop will help you take the next steps in getting your seed business off the ground.

Please note this workshop will not  address seed production topics and will assume participants have an intermediate-advanced level of seed production experience. This workshop is intended for seed growers who have cultivated seed crops for multiple seasons; understand basic plant biology and the requirements for high quality  commercial seed production such as isolation distances, minimum populations and selection; and have commercialized seed crops or are planning to do so. 

This workshop is being offered free of charge and pre-registration is required. Please click here to pre-register on our Eventbrite site. There are 3 spots available at a local AirBnB for participants traveling to the workshop from out of town. Each spot is $50 for the night of November 12, 2019. Please be in touch with Steph if you would like to secure a place to stay.

Questions? Please contact Steph Hughes at This event is proudly hosted by The Bauta Family Initiative, a project of USC Canada, in partnership with ACORN.