When life hands you a lemon, say, 'Oh yeah, I like lemons. What else ya got?'
- Henry Rollins
This is a listing of events for our members and others interested in plant biodiversity, heritage gardening, organic gardening, and seeds. If you know of any other upcoming events, please send the information to
Organizing a Seedy Saturday?, AB
Wednesday January 1, 2014
Seedy Saturdays across Canada
Copywrite Seeds of Diversity 2013
By Judy Newman
During the long, cold Canadian winter, gardeners enjoy attending Seedy Saturdays — a series of non-profit, public events across the country. They are organized by individuals and community groups that see a need for gardeners, seed companies, nurseries, gardening organizations, historic sites, and community groups to have a low-cost local venue where they can learn from one another, exchange ideas and seeds, and purchase seeds and plants in a comfortable, social setting.
Some Seedy Saturdays are hosted by established public sites; others by the voluntary effort of a few individuals in community centres or church basements. The events all maintain an informality, low cost of entry for visitors and vendors, and a general theme that is attractive to growers of heritage seeds, organic practitioners, native plant growers, and environmental groups. Since these characteristics are well aligned with Seeds of Diversity's interests, our organization has come to be viewed as a natural participant and promoter of these events. Seedy Saturdays' grassroots nature — low overhead, low admission, local talent, and volunteer energy — distinguishes them from expensive, commercially driven garden shows. Attendees are able to contribute, not just consume.
The number of events increases every year, with over 110 held in 2013 across Canada. At the core of each one is a dedicated organizer, often a member of Seeds of Diversity, who provides vision, time, and talent for their day. Many individuals help organizers with their Seedy Saturdays. The energy, enthusiasm, and efforts of dedicated volunteers make their events a success.
Event attendance ranges from around 50 people to over 1,000. However, the success of a day is not judged by its attendance, but rather by the eager participation of the attendees. No one holds a Seedy Saturday to make money — but some have profits. Many of these events donate to Seeds of Diversity.
Some money comes from the food sold by cafés often catered by non-profit groups like USC Canada, which usually serve organic, local food and keep the proceeds for their work. Many days include childcare as part of their program; others do not want to isolate the children, so they have a special table or program for them.
Workshops and speakers are part of the Seedy Saturdays. They cover such topics as: seed starting and saving, global seed issues, and organic vegetable growing. Seedy Saturdays held in cities often include urban agricultural topics. In general, the area where the event is held dictates both the topics and speakers who naturally lend themselves to that area.
At the heart of each day is the seed exchange. A past organizer said, "This year we had a woman who brought some runner beans that she had got from the seed exchange last year. She had grown them out and was contributing some this year. That little exchange embodied what this is all about for me."
Feedback from vendors, non-profit exhibitors, and attendees is very positive. Small seed companies "enjoy the event and appreciate the interest taken in their work." One organizer said that vendors report sales increase from year to year. However, most vendors and non-profits are more satisfied with sharing information and raising awareness of their organization. Another organizer stated, "Nobody got rich, but everyone was busy making contacts and connections, and we sure had some fun."
To organize your own Seedy Saturday, contact for our helpful booklet, office help with logistics, and free promotion on our website at www.seeds.ca.
On our website, order the new "How to Save Seeds," and become a member to broaden your knowledge of seed saving. See our list of vendors http://www.seeds.ca/rl/rl.php to find Canadian vendors near your area to invite. You can ask vendors to do workshops, and also contact us for a list of speakers in your area.Other great resources include:
St. Judes Church 81 Peel St
Saturday February 1, 2014 10-2
Free seed swap, vendors and guest speakers (to be announced)
Please contact Dana if you want to be a vendor, or you have a wonderful subject to speak on, spaces are limited.
Jardin Botanique de Montréal
Saturday February 8, 2014 9h00-16h30
Action Communiterre would like to invite you to the 14th edition of the Seedy Weekend that will be held February 8 - 9, 2014 at the Jardin botanique de Montréal.
Ladner Baptist Church
Saturday February 15, 2014 10-3
Contact: Kristin Crouch; 604-946-8654;
Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas St
Saturday February 15, 2014 10-4
Hosted by the James Bay Market Society, Street. Admission $7, under 16 years are free.
Pickering Rec Complex
Saturday February 15, 2014 11-4
This Gardening Expo is held at the Pickering Recreation Complex in the East and West Salons. This event is more than just seeds! Check out vendors, local organizations and the guest speakers line-up. Admission is $3 at the door.
2014 Guest Speaker Line-up
11:45 am Water Efficient Gardening ~ Jeff Mason
1:00 pm Discovering the Altona Forest ~ Larry Noonan
2:15 pm Lavender ~ Ludmila Haynos-Owen
Contact: Mandy Smiles at 905.420.4660 extension 3715.
à la salle communautaire, 83 rue Boucher, Saint-Apollinaire
Sunday February 16, 2014 10h00 à 17h00
La Société d’horticulture de Saint-Apollinaire vous invite à participer à sa onzième fête des semences. Cette fête est une occasion unique d’échanger avec des producteurs et des productrices de partout au Québec. On peut s’y procurer des semences biologiques, rares ou anciennes, adaptées à notre climat et que vous ne trouverez pas dans les jardineries. Connaissez-vous, par exemple, le pois à soupe Saint-Hubert cultivé par les premiers colons, et le haricot jaune des Amish ?
Joignez-vous à nous : l’atmosphère est conviviale et le casse-croûte santé, vraiment original et délicieux.
Où: À la salle communautaire, 83 rue Boucher, Saint-Apollinaire
(Sortie 291 sur l’autoroute 20, à une vingtaine de minutes à l’ouest des ponts de Québec)
Entrée libre, bienvenue à tous et à toutes.
Pour information : Jacinthe Létourneau : 418-881-3956.
MARC, 33 Lary Fraser Rd
Saturday February 22, 2014 10-2
8th Annual Seedy Saturday Event with a video (tentatively 'Taking Root: The vision of Wangari Maathai') to follow at 3 pm.
Event is hosted by Helping Nature Heal Inc. and the Bridgewater Interchurch Food Bank.
Chris Sanford, local organic farmer and seed producer, will give an educational presentation during the event.
All proceeds from this event support the Bridgewater Interchurch Food Bank.
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 31 King St
Saturday February 22, 2014 10-3
Saturday February 22, 2014 12:30-4
North Bay, ON
Saturday February 22, 2014 or Feb 23 tba
VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street
Saturday February 22, 2014 10-4
Vancouver Master Gardeners hosting Vancouver Seedy Saturday –
Vendors, Lecturers, Kids Corner – Entrance by Donation
Door Proceeds to Seeds of Diversity
Contact: Lynne Chrismas
Sooke Community Hall
Saturday February 22, 2014 10-3
This is a fun and educational event for the whole family, and an excellent way to get prepared and inspired for the coming growing season. Whether you grow tomatoes on your deck, have a small farm, or just want to learn, this is the event for you! The day will feature a seed exchange and trading table; a range of seed and plant vendors; local food artisans; and diverse educational displays.
Entrance is by donation with proceeds funding this and future seedy events. This event is sponsored by the Sooke Region Food CHI Society.
Country Hills Library/St Mary’s High School
Saturday February 22, 2014 8:30-3:30
Hosted by the Kitchener Horticultural Society, Kitchener Master Gardeners and the Kitchener Public Library
Attend one of the eight workshops being offered by Kitchener Master Gardeners and vendors, bring along seeds to swap, or purchase seeds from local vendors. Wares will include heritage varieties. There will be displays from local community groups about their activities and Master Gardeners will be available to answer your questions.
Contact: Bruce MacNeil 519-576-6034
Unitarian Congregation, 84 South Service Road
Saturday February 22, 2014 9:30-4
Free admission, workshops every hour, organic café
Seedy exchange (Seeds of Diversity, Mississauga Master Gardeners)
Vendors welcome to apply
Information: http://www.uucm.ca under Events
Contact: arole Berry, 905-790-6983
Regina , SK
St. Mary's Anglican Church
Saturday March 1, 2014 10-
It will be our 4th annual event and will be at St. Mary's Anglican Church again - 15th and Montague. We will be having a children's area again this year and are looking for feedback on what people would like to see at it this year.
Saturday March 1, 2014 10-3
Visit vendors and exhibitors of organic non-GE seeds & plants; local community food security groups, educators and learners; the Seedy Cafe and several local and Island experts on growing and saving seeds. Admission $5. All funds raised allow CVGSS to support education and projects to promote local seed saving and growing. FMI: www.cvgss.org.
Saturday March 1, 2014
A.L. Fortune Secondary School
Saturday March 1, 2014
Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, Britannia Beach, 102 Greenview ave
Saturday March 1, 2014 10-3
Seedy Saturday is primarily a seed sale and exchange, however all businesses
and associations of an organic, horticultural or ecological nature have a
Swap table: each item brought to the table allows you to exchange it for another item. The items can be seeds, plants, cuttings, booklets, magazines and any other garden related objects.
Contact: , 613-521-8648
Vaughan City Hall
Saturday March 1, 2014 10-4
North Vancouver, BC
North Shore Neighbourhood House Inman Room, 225 East 2nd St
Saturday March 1, 2014 1-3
le gymnase de l'école de Saint-Vallier.
Saturday March 1, 2014 10h00 à 16h00
Nous avons le plaisir de vous invitez en tant qu'exposant à la 12e Fêtes des semences de La Mauve.
Au plaisir de vous y voir.
Contact: Marie Lacasse 418-884-2888
Pavillon Alphonse-Desjardins de Université Laval (Québec).
Sunday March 2, 2014 10h à 17h
Le Réseau d'agriculture urbaine de Québec et sa porte-parole Lili Michaud vous invite à la 5e édition de la Fête des semences et de l’agriculture urbaine de Québec.
Entrée gratuite – contribution volontaire !
Parkside Centre, 140 Durham St
Sunday March 2, 2014 10-2
Sudbury Horticultural Society is hosting Sudbury's 2014 Seedy Sunday event. The seed exchange will start at 10:30 am. Some of the activities planned for this year are a kids corner, a speakers corner, a food vendor, seed vendors, and of course the seed exchange.
Kingston Unitarian Fellowship
Saturday March 8, 2014
Century Gardens, 340 Vodden Street East
Saturday March 8, 2014 10-3
Powell River, BC
Powell River Recreation Complex
Saturday March 8, 2014
Swap or buy local seeds and gardening/practical skills magazines/books. This year’s event includes a special afternoon presentation by Carol Herriot, plus six gardening workshops, information/demonstration tables, seedy vendors, children's activities, and refreshments for sale. General admission is $2.00 Children under twelve admitted free.
Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Road
Saturday April 5, 2014 12-3
Saturday April 5, 2014