Sylvain Picker Founder

I am a gardener, technician, coder and inventor. I want to build THE information website about Seedballs, a place where you can buy and sell your tree and superfood seeds.

At school I was really good in Pure Sciences and was destined to a career in chemistry. After graduation my first real job was technician for 11 years in a scientific instrumentation manufacture. I learned to use a multitude of tools and to be methodical and perfectionist when building objects. A few years later I studied in electromechanic and also learned to code in JavaScript.

But it's really agriculture that is my passion, my experience is this field is unique. I worked on a wide variety of farms, orchards and vineyards. I even supervised 15 people and did R&D in a sprout factory. I also had my own Organic Certified commercial vegetable gardens. I have read tons of books and magazines, and participated in several conferences and training about farming.

I am passionate about old gardening tools. I already had a nice collection, with among other things a Planet Junior planter, a classic in the history of agriculture. I still have two innovative planters from China. Since I was young I love tinkering, I had fun making wind turbine propellers, small planes models, mini solar water heaters, to invent all-terrain manual seeders and a pneumatic dibbler (patented), and designing several tools and methods to make Seedballs…

I am also a big fan of wild edible plants. I often prefer them to the fruits and vegetables found in grocery stores. Since many of these delicious and nutritious Nature’s treasures are threatened with extinction, I'm looking for ways to multiply them on a large scale with Seedballs.

My enthusiasm for edible wild plants is not the result of a scientific study or a commercial interest. When I was young my mother was gathering wild fruit, mushrooms, herbs and edible flowers, and at age 84 she is still gathering. That was the starting point of a passion that allowed me the pleasure to taste over a hundred wild plants in Canada, Cuba and USA.