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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

Organic Black Bean Seed Production

Wednesday September 2, 2015          10:00am - 12:00pm
John Rodges' Farm, 36256 Huron Road
Goderich, ON

Join us as we visit an organic crop and grass-fed beef farm at the Rodges' in Goderich. John has been growing his black bean crop to achieve double tagged organically certified seed for the developing Ontario market. Roger Rivest Marketing will provide information on seed selection and cultivation techniques for organic or transitional crops.

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Saving your own seeds part 7: Harvesting "dry seeds" Beans and friends!

Saturday September 5, 2015          10 am
Heirloom Seed Sanctuary Barn, 1200 Princess St
Kingston, ON

Join us for our next workshop, where you will learn how to harvest 'dry' seeds from the plant and how to clean the seeds properly for storage until you are ready to plant them.

Parking is limited so please carpool or use public transportation if you can. There are no fees but donations are welcome!

This is the last series of live workshops. For a number of reasons, we have decided to document the workshops this year and post them as presentations on-line, where they will be freely available for the foreseeable future. See our website or Facebook page for details.


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CK Table Heritage Grain Tasting Event

Saturday September 12, 2015          7:00pm - 9:00pm
CK Table, The Kent 1874, 124 William St South
Chatham, ON

Come to this special evening as part of CK Table to taste and compare different locally-grown heirloom varieties of wheat and other grains in various artisan products. The delicious grain tasting will be accompanied by locally-produced cheese and craft beer. During the tasting, enjoy a panel discussion with farmers who grow these grains and learn more about around the challenges they face bringing heirloom grains back into the food system.

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Saving your own seeds – Webinar Part 4: Harvesting Seeds

Wednesday September 16, 2015          5 pm

Our next webinar will focus on harvesting both "wet" and "dry" seeds.

The login link and instructions will be available through our website (no registration necessary).

This event is online only so you will need a computer with Internet access!


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Seeds of Diversity 20th Annual AGM

Sunday November 15, 2015          1 pm to 3:30
Waterloo Region Museum, 10 Huron Rd.
Kitchener, ON

Join board, staff and other members at our Annual AGM, this year being held in Kitchener. All are welcome, and Seeds of Diversity members get in free. Otherwise, admission $5.

Enjoy bidding on our many silent auction items, great for Christmas gifts! Or gifting to yourself! They range from free admissions, to seed kits, to restaurant and store certificates and baskets. Thanks to sponsors Best Western Plus Kitchener, Waterloo Region Museum-Doon Heritage Village, Fertile Ground CSA, Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds, Urban Tomato Seeds, Cottage Gardener Seeds, and Nith Valley Apiary.

Special guest speaker is well-known garden writer Lorraine Johnson.
Lorraine's Bio: In the more than 15 years that Lorraine has been writing books and articles, she has become known for her unconventional outlook on the world of gardening. Advocating for organics in the days when synthetic chemicals ruled, writing about native plants before most people had heard the term, promoting community gardening when politicians were wary of involving people in parks, profiling guerrilla gardens when the idea still sounded vaguely dangerous, Lorraine has always written about marginal subjects on their way to becoming mainstream.

Not easily pigeon-holed, her work is often about the surprising corners where the impulse to nurture and sustain growth intersects with the human need to cultivate meaningful connections—with the earth and with each other. She views gardening as a strenuous conversation with the planet—indeed, as one of the most transformative ways to find our place in the world and what we want that world to be. She’s not afraid to include failures (her own, our own), along with hopes and dreams, in that conversation.

Lorraine’s writing career follows her passionate interests, and her more than 10 published books have covered a broad range of topics—from com- posting and native plant gardening to censorship and travel. Unabashedly an advocate, she has been promoting urban food production for decades not only in her writing but in her involvement with numerous community groups and organizations such as the Toronto Community Garden Network, Toronto Botanic Garden, the American Community Gardening Association, and others.
Lorraine lives in Toronto in a barn-shaped house with three chickens and two cats—and dreams of including a dwarf goat in her backyard.