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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

The People's Choice: Seed Questions across Canada

Wednesday December 2, 2015          4 to 5:30 pm EST

You must register to participate in this webinar

This webinar is designed according to feedback we've collected from across Canada. We'll kick it off with a presentation on "OnFarm Roguing, Selection, and Adaptation" by Dan Brisebois of Tourne-Sol Farm (QC). We'll also welcome our first "seed panel" of experts from across Canada who will address YOUR most important questions about seed - both presubmitted, and live! So please bring your curiosity and come prepared to engage!

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Workshop at the EFAO Conference

Friday December 4, 2015          8:30 to 10 am
Four Points by Sheraton
London, ON

Farmer-Led Breeding: Regionally-Adapted Vegetable Varieties for Market Gardens

How do we develop varieties for vegetable growers that are regionally-adapted, flavourful, nutritious, and unique? Learn from seed producers, Matthew and Petra at Fruition Seeds, and organic plant breeder, Dr. Michael Mazourek of Cornell University, as they discuss their work on improving and developing regionally-adapted greens, peppers, squashes, radishes, and beets for market gardens, as part of one of the most innovative organic plant breeding projects in North America.

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Workshop at the EFAO Conference

Friday December 4, 2015          1:30 to 5
Four Points by Sheraton
London, ON

Growing Diversified Grains: Production and Marketing Opportunities

Heather Darby is an Agronomic Specialist with the University of Vermont Extension and we are honoured to have her in Ontario to discuss the challenges and opportunities of growing diversified heritage grains. Learn from Heather as she discusses how growers are addressing the agronomic and economic landscape of diversified ecological grain production.


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Workshop at the EFAO Conference

Saturday December 5, 2015          1:30 to 3 pm
Four Points by Sheraton
London, ON

Rogueing and Selection for Vegetable Seed Production

Learn from expert seed grower, Kim Delaney, Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds, as she discusses seed crop planning techniques and crop-specific rogueing and selection strategies for beans, beets, lettuces, cucumbers, peppers, peas, and squashes. An essential workshop for growers seeking to understand how to continuously maintain and improve the quality of their seed crops.


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Vegetable Seed Producers Network Advisory Meeting at the EFAO conference

Saturday December 5, 2015          12 to 1:15 pm
Four Points by Sheraton
London, ON

Seeds of Diversity's Vegetable Seed Producers Network (VSPN) is a groundbreaking network of seed growers looking to bulk up local organic vegetable seed production in Ontario. Interested in joining the network? We will be hosting an advisory meeting with existing and prospective members of the VSPN during lunch on Saturday, December 5th where we will discuss the challenges and opportunities of participating in this network. Michael Mazourek, and Matthew and Petra from Fruition Seeds, will also be present to contribute their thoughts and experiences!

Saanich Seedy Sunday

Sunday January 10, 2016          10 to 2
Haliburton Farm, 741 Haliburton Rd
Saanich, BC

Essentials of Seed Growing on Market Gardens: Crop Planning and On-Farm Selection

Thursday January 28, 2016          1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
OMAFRA, 1 Stone Road
Guelph, ON

Learn how to develop a seed crop plan and crop-specific selection strategies for market garden vegetables.

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Organic Seed Alliance: 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference

February 3-6, 2016 in Corvallis Oregon          

(Although this is a U.S. conference, it has been very popular with Canadian seed growers, and this year the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security is presenting a significant amount of Canadian content.)

Join Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and co-hosts Oregon State University, Washington State University, and eOrganic for the largest organic seed event in the U.S. Expand your seed knowledge and skills, hear the latest in scientific research, and discover new resources and tools that help you breed, grow, and sell more seed. Together we are changing our food system one seed at a time. Join OSA for this unique opportunity to trade knowledge, techniques, and ideas that strengthen our organic seed community — it’s the only event of its kind!

The biennial conference brings together hundreds of farmers, plant breeders, seed companies, food companies, organic certifiers, policy advocates, and other stakeholders for two days of presentations, panel discussions, and networking events. This is a unique opportunity to trade knowledge, techniques, and ideas that strengthen our rapidly growing organic seed community. The conference week includes an agenda of over 90 experts in their fields and more than thirty sessions, a daylong organic seed production intensive, a tour of organic seed in the Willamette Valley, and a number of social events, including a vegetable tasting from OSA trials. You can also expect good organic food, live music, celebrations, and great networking opportunities.

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Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday

Saturday February 6, 2016          10 to 3:30
Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, 747 Jones St.
Qualicum Beach, BC

Speakers: Linda Gilkeson

Contact: Connie Kuramoto

Cache Creek Seedy Saturday

Saturday February 6, 2016          9 to 1
Cache Creek Community Hall
Cache Creek, BC

Free admission. Lectures, demonstrations, vendors, concession. Get a jump on Spring!

Hamilton Seedy Saturday

Saturday February 6, 2016          10 to 3
McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South
Hamilton, ON

Brantford Seedy Saturday

Saturday February 6, 2016          10 to 3
Grand River Community Health Centre, 63 Colborne St
Brantford, ON

Contact: Gloria Ord 519-754-0777 ext 223 or

Salt Spring Island Seedy Saturday

Saturday February 13, 2016          10 to 3
Farmer’s Institute, 351 Rainbow Road
Salt Spring Island, BC

''Breakfast in Beds"
Salt Spring Island's 21st Annual
Seedy Saturday

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Ladner Seedy Saturday

Saturday February 20, 2016          10 to 4
Harris Barn,4140 Arthur Drive
Ladner, BC

Mission: To promote seed diversity and encourage organic growing methods

Contact: Kristin Crouch

Penticton Seedy Saturday

Saturday February 20, 2016          10 to 2
Okanagan College Penticton Centre for Excellence, 583 Duncan Ave W
Penticton, BC

Organic & heirloom seeds, bedding plants, honey and much more. Information, speakers workshops to be announced.

Contact: Laurel Burnham 250.492.7717

Mississauga Seedy Saturday

Saturday February 20, 2016          9 to 3:30
Unitarian Congregation, 84 South Service Rd
Mississauga, ON

Contact: 905-790-6083;

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Victoria Seedy Saturday

Saturday February 20, 2016          10 to 4
Victoria Conference Centre, 750 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC

Hosted by the James Bay Market Society

Contact: Pat McGuire, Organizer Exhibitor and Volunteer Enquiries:

Wingham Seedy Saturday

Saturday February 20, 2016          10:30 to 3
Maitland River Community Church, 414 London Road
Wingham, ON

Wingham Horticultural Society will be hosting our second annual Seedy Saturday event. We will have a seed exchange/swap table, speaker, childrens' activities, tea, coffee and light refreshments available. A bigger venue this year means we can welcome more participants. Interested Vendors should contact Megan. This event is open to all community members.


Kitchener Seedy Saturday

Saturday February 20, 2016          
Kitchener Public Library
Kitchener, ON


Musquodoboit Harbour Seedy Sunday

Sunday February 21, 2016          9 to 12
Musquodoboit Harbour Farmers Market, 67 Park Rd
Musquodoboit Harbour, NS

Workshops, a seed exchange, seed companies, prizes, and all things gardening. Storm date next market March 6th.

Sooke Seedy Saturday

Saturday February 27, 2016          10 to 3
Sooke Community Hall, 2037 Shields Rd
Sooke, BC

Contact: 250-642-3671 or email mary alice johnson

Saskatoon Seedy Saturday

Saturday February 27, 2016          10 to 4
Saskatoon, SK

Vancouver Seedy Saturday

Saturday February 27, 2016          10 to 4
VanDusen Botanical Garden, Floral Hall, 37th & Oak St
Vancouver, BC

Hosted by Vancouver Master Gardeners

Contact: Lynne at

Truro Seedy Saturday

Saturday February 27, 2016          10 to 3
Truro Farmers Market
Truro, NS

Workshops: To be determined

Lots of Local Seed Sellers!

Contact: Andrea Caven,

Courtenay Seedy Saturday

Saturday March 5, 2016          10 am
Florence Filberg Centre
Courtenay, BC

The Comox Valley growers and Seed Savers present:
Celebrating Soil.

Gilles Seedy Saturday

Saturday March 5, 2016          1 to 4
Gillies Community Centre
Gilles, ON

Seed Swap and Social

London Seedy Saturday

Saturday March 5, 2016          10 to 3
Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre 656 Elizabeth Street
London, ON

Regina Seedy Saturday

Saturday March 5, 2016          
St Paul's Cathedral, 1861 McIntyre St
Regina, SK

Ottawa Seedy Saturday

Saturday March 5, 2016          10 to 3
Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, Britannia Beach, 102 Greenview ave.
Ottawa, ON

Seedy Saturday is primarily a seed sale and exchange, however all businesses and associations of an organic, horticultural or ecological nature have a place. Garden talks.

Contact: 613-521-8648

Sudbury Seedy Sunday

Sunday March 6, 2016          10 to 3
Parkside Centre, 140 Durham St
Sudbury, ON

Guest Speakers, Seed Swap, Adopt-a-Seed,
Used Book Sale, Vendors, Exhibitors, Kids' Corner,
The Seedy Café and Harmony Café
(free admission)

Contact: Hermina Hubert

Slocan Valley Seedy Sunday

Sunday March 6, 2016          1 to 4
Slocan Valley, BC

This year’s Seed Exchange will include guest speakers and informative presentations as well as the always popular availability of local seeds. Celebrate local food production, the preservation of seed, and the abundance of gardening resources we enjoy in the Slocan Valley. Find an array of information, fruit and vegetable seeds, cuttings and root stock, all available for sale, by local or nearby vendors. Bring what you have to share or trade. Vendors requiring table space must pre-register by March 1. This event is organized in partnership with the Slocan Valley River Farmers Group and all proceeds will be donated to them to support local projects. Please contact Slocan Valley Recreation at (250) 226-0008 for more information.

Red Deer Seedy Saturday

Saturday March 12, 2016          
Red Deer College
Red Deer, AB

March 12 & 13 - in concert with our EcoLiving Fair + Workshops 5th Anniversary.

Robert's Creek Seedy Saturday

Saturday March 12, 2016          11 to 4
Robert's Creek Community Hall
Robert's Creek, BC

One Straw's Annual Seedy Saturday

Kingston Seedy Saturday

Saturday March 12, 2016          10 to 3
LCVI (Loyalist Collegiate Vocational School) 153 Van Order Drive
Kingston, ON

Sponsored by the Kingston and Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI) and the Sisters of
Providence of St. Vincent de Paul

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Yorkton Seedy Saturday

Saturday March 12, 2016          12:30pm to 4pm (may be subject to change)
Yorkdale Central Public School, 273 Gladstone Av S
Yorkton, SK

6th Annual Prairie Sun Seed Festival

More information will be coming.

Contact: 306-641-4239 or

Kamloops Seedy Saturday

Saturday March 19, 2016          
Kamloops, BC

Edmonton Seedy Sunday

Sunday March 20, 2016          
Central Lions Senior Citizens Recreation Centre; Cultural Center, 11113 113 St NW
Edmonton, AB

Port Alberni Seedy Saturday

Saturday April 2, 2016          10 to 3
Arrowvale Campground, 5955 Hector Rd.
Port Alberni, BC

Seed exchange, seed, plant, and garden supply sales, guest speakers, tour of Collins Farm. Light lunch and refreshments available.

Contact: Ann or Bob at : 250 723-7948

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Clearwater Seedy Saturday

Saturday April 9, 2016          
Clearwater, BC