Seedy Saturday, coming up on March 12th, is a spring event gardeners look forward to. Held at the Powell River Recreation Complex, the annual event is a time for swapping seeds and sharing information.
Seedy Saturday events are held across the province. Their purpose is to promote regional food self-sufficiency by growing a community network of growers and seed savers. Participants save their best seeds from varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, shrubs and trees that thrive in the local environment. By exchanging these seeds within the community, both the quality and quantity of affordable seeds rises for everyone.
Next Saturday, gardeners, farmers and community organizations will swap seeds, purchase seeds and attend workshops. “If you are new to seed saving, and don’t have seeds to swap, hundreds of local seed packets donated by local growers are sold for fifty cents a package. There’s a limit of 10 packages per customer in order to share the valuable seeds around. Gardening and farming books and magazines are also exchanged at the event.
During the day, eight garden-related workshops will be held and community information tables will be staffed by dozens of enthusiastic volunteers. Useful tips and guidance on topics like market gardening, permaculture, composting and bee-keeping, will be offered.
As an extra bonus this year the event has expanded into the sale of seeds, fertilizers and garden-related products. This family-friendly event includes a children’s activity corner and a Seedy Cafe, as well as a popular silent auction. Info Cred: PR Farmers Institute.