Let's take care of our land of plenty!

The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group's (PCSDG) mission is to engage citizen participation towards the sustainability of Cocagne watershed communities
Saturday, January 13, 2018 (snow date January 20)
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm - Centre 50 de Cocagne
Centre 50, 10 Villa road, Cocagne
13h30 – 14h30
Registration online accepted: 

Please note this workshop will be presented in French only, but with bilingual speakers (i.e. questions may be posed in either language)

Learn how to properly clean your own seeds, using PCDSG's hand-made tools and equipment including our wind-column seed cleaner (pictured below), which works fantastically for a variety of seeds that are otherwise difficult and time-consuming to clean and sort out (grains, beans, seeds for sprouting, etc).  Other tools include various sieves, baskets, flail, fans, and more. In case of a storm, the snowdate will be January 20th.


Workshop objectives:
  • Participants will leave the workshop with the hands-on knowledge to properly use the seed cleaning equipment at the PCSDG in order to properly clean their own seeds;
  • Armed with new, practical informaiton about the benefits of seed-saving, participants will be empowered to save their own seeds, and try saving seeds from different and new plants––whether they're are a brand new seed saver or an experienced farmer, there will be plenty of tricks to learn;
  • Knowledge-sharing about different experiences concerning local seed saving efforts and seed cleaning and storage techniques.

Learning objectives :
  • Fundamental principals of seed-saving, including key terms and definitions for seed propogation (e.g. hybrids, open-pollinated, etc).
  • How to apply local techniques, traditions, and innovations to seed cleaning using a variety of tools and equipment to suit different seed requirements
  • Practical skills for cleaning a variety of seeds and different types of grains (e.g. bread grains, edible seeds, herbs and spices) as well as a selection of vegetable and flower seed varieties.
The workshop will be presented by Francine and Bernard Thériault.  Francine and Bernard have been growing and experimenting on their small farm since 1984.  Their goal was to feed their family with the most nutritious and clean food possible.  Since the beginnging of their country lifestyle, they grown an extensive garden, where the first seeds they were inspired to save were potatoes.  Since that first experiment, they've since greatly expanded their selection of seeds over the last 15 years in particular.  Active members of the Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group, Francine and Bernard are also proud members of ACORN (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network) and Seeds of Diversity Canada.  Their goal as seed savers is to interest others to consider growing their own gardens for healthy food and to promote the joy of saving seed while contributing to regional seed security.  

 Presentation and operation of the following seed cleaning tools :  windcolumn; sieves, baskets, bean-cleaning method as well as a presentaiton on the cultivation, harvest and processing of wheat and grains in general.

Inscription : Dons de $10, pré-inscription apprécier en bas:     

The GDDPC is excited to be able to offer this workshop for free (or by donation, suggested $10) as a result of the generous support from ACORN's Bauta Family Initiative for Canadian Seed Security.

Upcoming activities

Januray 13th: Seed-cleaning tools and beyond !

Saturday, January 13, 2018 (snow date January 20)
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm - Centre 50 de Cocagne
Centre 50, 10 Villa road, Cocagne
13h30 – 14h30
Registration online accepted: 

Please note this workshop will be presented in French only, but with bilingual speakers (i.e. questions may be posed in either language)

Learn how to properly clean your own seeds, using PCDSG's hand-made tools and equipment including our wind-column seed cleaner (pictured below), which works fantastically for a variety of seeds that are otherwise difficult and time-consuming to clean and sort out (grains, beans, seeds for sprouting, etc).  Other tools include various sieves, baskets, flail, fans, and more. In case of a storm, the snowdate will be January 20th.

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