with all the snow I only barely made it to the last hour of Niagara's Seedy Saturday so I didn't bother writing about that one. This week however I'm spending ALLLLLLL day at the Hamilton Seedy Saturday!
Seedy Saturdays started in 1990 as a BC community event to promote seed sharing of open pollinated seeds and development of locality-specific community seed banks. Seedy Saturday events have spread throughout North America and Europe in the following years and have evolved into social, cultural and even culinary events promoting food security, growth of organic or low input plants and exchange of genetically biodiverse heirloom / family heritage seed varieties.
The seed swap table is still the heart of these events, and I've brought 25 envelopes of my Stupice greenhouse tomato seeds along with many seeds to be passed along from Niagara's swap table. Then for the rest of the day I will be representing Tree and Twig Heirloom Vegetables as a seed vendor, selling seeds and answering questions :)
Seedy Saturday has more to offer than just the seed swap - so far I've seen a number of interesting vendors and HGCN are setting up activities and attractions for gardeners of all abilities. I have a feeling I'll be stuck at my table most of the day, which is unfortunate because some of the speakers look really interesting!
12:30 – Hamilton Community Gardening: Join Clare Wagner of the HCGN and Sara Collyer of Neighbour 2 Neighbour Centre to learn about community gardening and community kitchens and how to get involved in Hamilton!
1:00 – Eating Locally by Extending the Season: Chris Krucker of ManoRun Organic Farm will help us celebrate February is Farm Month by talking about how you can eat locally throughout the year with the help of season extension.
1:30 – Planning Your Veggie Garden: RBG’s Nancy Lee-Colibaba will help you plan out your garden.
2:00 – Worm Composting: Robin Tench of Earthworks and her red wigglers will teach you how to turn your kitchen scraps into amazing compost year round.
2:30 – Starting Seeds: Join Kyla Dixon-Muir of Riverdale Meadow Community Garden to learn how to get your new seeds growing.