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Vancouver Island Variety Trials

Growing Opportunities hosts the Vancouver Island Winter Variety Trials (VIVT) conducted by the Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes Lab at UBC, with funding from the Climate and Agriculture Initiative. The trial identifies well-adapted vegetable varieties for overwinter field growing and late winter harvest on Vancouver Island.


Work Experience Programs

Growing Opportunities hosts workers facing barriers to employment. We have worked with youth and young adult participants from Nanaimo Foodshare's Homegrown and Cultivating Abilities programs. We currently serve as a workplace host for adult participants from Island Crisis Care Society's Project Rise. 

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CANOVI Seed Trials

Growing Opportunities hosts variety trials through the Canadian Organic Vegetable Improvement Project (CANOVI).


CANOVI farmers grow, select, adapt, and evaluate varieties and breeding lines of important vegetable crops in Canada.


Local Seed Production

As a member of the BC Eco-Seed Co-op and Seed Trailer VI User's Guild, Growing Opportunities produces a variety of regionally-adapted crops for West Coast producers. Staple crops include kale, chard, leeks, tomatoes, tomatillos and carrots. 

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