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My basic weeding rule: if they grow in rows they're flowers; if they don't they're weeds.
- David Hobson
Seeds of Diversity thanks the
J.W. McConnell Family Foundation,
the October Hill Foundation,
The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security
for their support.

Design by
Allison Prindiville

Seedy Events

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

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Red Deer Seed Saving Workshop, AB

Kerry Wood Nature Centre
Sunday April 27, 2014          1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Trainer: Denise O'Reilly - Hill and Dale Farm and A'bunadh Seeds (A’bunadh is pronounced "a-boon-ar" and means ‘the origin’ in Gaelic)
Denise is a 5th generation farmer and still on the land her great-grandparents farmed; farming naturally and with the same practices of soil cultivation, crop rotation, summer fallowing and the like that her great-grandpa did in 1910. As owner and operator of A'bunadh Seeds, she specializes in heritage cold-hardy varieties with 96% of the seeds in yearly propagation, making them ideal for Alberta's beautiful but unforgiving climate.

Cost: $5 - $10 contribution per person to help cover trainer expenses

Workshop Topics covered (subject to change):

Why Save Seed?
What's in a Seed?
What's in a Flower?
What's in a Fruit?
Botany Basics
Pollen and Pollinators
Tools of the Trade
Planning and Isolation
Harvesting Seeds
Cleaning Seeds
Storing Seeds
Overwintering Biennials
Micro Seed Banking

Contact: 403­-986­-7981

Hillsburgh, ON

Everdale Environmental Centre
Saturday May 3, 2014          1 to 5


Edmonton Film Seeds of Time, AB

Metro Cinema
Monday May 12, 2014          6:45 pm

SEEDS OF TIME follows agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler’s global journey to save the eroding foundation of our food supply in a new era of climate change.


Peterborough seminar, ON

St. Andrew's United Church, 441 Rubidge St - blue door off Kirk St
Monday May 12, 2014          6:30 pm

Planning & Planting your Garden for Seed Saving
Free. RSVP if possible to help with our preparations

Contact: Peterborough Community Gardening Network

Workshop, Kingston, ON

Heirloom Seed Sanctuary Barn, 1200 Princess Street
Wednesday May 21, 2014          7 to 9 pm

This workshop is "Saving Your Own Seed-Transplanting and Training the Eye"
All are welcome to the free workshops, events and seasonal celebrations held at 1200 Princess St.. Events held at other locations may include a cost so please check the links on the website for full details:

Contact: Cate Henderson or Mike Hammond, 613-544-4525, ext. 124

Kingston Field Day, ON

Fare Well Farm, 2095 Middle Rd
Thursday May 29, 2014          1 to 4

Field Day:
Integrating Seed Production into Market Gardens
See for details.


Palmerston workshop, ON

Hawthorne Farm, 5961 5th Line Minto
Wednesday August 6, 2014          

Rogueing, Selection and Disease Management.

Contact: Hawthorne Farm

Caledonia workshop, ON

1350 Highway 54
Wednesday August 27, 2014          

Integrating Seed Production into Market Gardens

Contact: Matchbox Gardens

Fort Langley, BC

BC Farm Museum, 9131 King St
Monday October 13, 2014          

Seeds: Somebody Has to Save Them
May 1 – October 13, 2014

Seeds. We save them, we plant them, and we eat them. Virtually every food we eat comes from a seed – but from where do all of the seeds come?

This new exhibition explores the vital link seeds have played in all areas of agriculture and pioneer life in Langley: from vegetable farming, to grain growing, to raising livestock. It will explore how seeds were planted, harvested, and processed; however the focus will be on how early settlers historically grew their own seed and cleaned it for the following year.

In this vein, this exhibit will also address the issues with the modern-day seed supply, and maintains that seeds remain at the heart of farming and agriculture in Langley, and beyond.

Contact: Kate Petrusa 778 840 7510

Seeds of Diversity Gala Anniversary, Victoria, BC

Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Av
Sunday October 26, 2014          9:30-3:00

Please join Canada's Heritage seed saving organization, Seeds of Diversity, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. Pre-registration is required. See this website for more information and registration form in September.

Two very experienced seed savers will be leading workshops on seed saving. Our luncheon is catered by local firm "Little Piggy," sourcing local and fresh ingredients. There will be a seed exchange and seed vendor booths open all day. Our gala speaker is Linda Gilkeson, speaking on Year Round Harvest. She will be selling her books at our event.

Opening and Seed Vendors: 9:30
Workshops: 10:00 Choose from Beginner or Advanced Seed Saving
Annual General Meeting: 11:30
Gala Luncheon: 12:00
Special Guest Speaker: 1:00
End of event: 3:00