Seed Business Training - Learning Needs Assessment
The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security will host a free, one and a half day workshop on The Business of Seed with Mary Brittain (of the Cottage Gardener Heirloom Seedhouse, Ontario) in November 2019.

This training session will focus on the business aspects of commercial organic seed production in order to successfully market and sell your seed crops. It will not address actual seed growing and will assume participants have an intermediate-advanced level of seed production experience. It is intended for seed growers who have saved seed from, or cultivated as seed crops, annual and/or biennial vegetables and/or grains 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.

Your answers to the following questions will help us design the workshop to be relevant to your needs. Thanks for participating!

Your Name and/or Your Farm's Name
Your answer
Can you briefly describe your current work with seed/seed business? *
For example, number of crops you work with, percentage of farm that is dedicated to seed crops, if you market seeds, to whom - farmers, gardeners, companies - and where - online, at events, etc.
Your answer
Can you briefly describe where you would like to take your seed work/seed business? *
Your answer
The following topics will be addressed in the workshop. To help us plan the time and emphasis most appropriately for your needs, please rate them in terms of their importance to you and your operation. Please note this is not a ranking. You can apply any rating to any number of topics.
Please use this scale: #1 = extremely important, critical to my success/I want to know a lot more about this; #2 = very important, I really want to know this; #3 = pretty important, I may need it at some point or I need to refine my knowledge; #4 = less important, I’m pretty comfortable with this knowledge; #5 = not very important or I already know and do this.
Understanding the key success factors for a successful business and applying them to your farm/seed business *
extremely important
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Identifying the prime target markets for commercial organic seed crops; analyzing the pros and cons of each and choosing the most appropriate markets for your seed crops and your farm/business *
extremely important
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Selling seed wholesale or retail - considerations for selecting which is best for you *
extremely important
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Gathering information to determine market trends and using this to position your business strategically and successfully *
extremely important
not very important
Developing budgets and calculating profitability of seed crops (fixed/variable costs, space allocations, etc.) *
extremely important
not very important
Contract literacy: understanding the requirements of seed contracts *
extremely important
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Successfully integrating seed production into a diversified farm operation *
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Choosing to have seeds as the primary source of revenue - considerations *
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Are there other topics you'd like to have addressed that we haven't mentioned? Please list them here. *
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What would you like to be able to do better as a result of this workshop? *
Please be as specific as possible.
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Please indicate your preference of dates. Check all that work for you. *
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