Ontario Vegetable Seed Internship Funding Opportunity: Deadline fast approaching




Deadline For proposals approaching quickly

The BFICSS and Everdale are excited to announce a funding opportunity for ecological vegetable seed producers to host seed interns for 2014.

Seed producers and farmers are encouraged to apply for funding to put towards an intern’s salary for 2014 to learn about and assist with vegetable seed production. Information about the seed internship and application forms for seed producers and farmers are attached – the applications are due December 9th, 2013.

BFICSS Ecological Vegetable Seed Internship 

The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Security is designed 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 is proud to be the regional hub in Ontario of the BFICSS, to deliver strong regional programming in support of ecological seed producers across Ontario.

For the 2014 growing season, through the BFICSS, Everdale will offer funding opportunities for ecological vegetable farmers and seed producers to hire an intern to assist with, and learn about, ecological vegetable seed production.

This funding can cover an intern’s salary of up to $2000 per farm (or set of farms). Seed producers and farmers can apply individually or collaboratively if they would like to share an intern among farms within a close proximity.

Organizing structured seed internships on ecological vegetable farms is a new endeavour in Ontario. These internships are being designed to provide mutually beneficial experiences for both the farmer and the intern. Throughout the application process, we encourage prospective applicants to provide feedback on how the internship can be crafted to optimize both learning opportunities for the intern and support systems for the participating farms.

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