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
Seed Festival & Seeds of Diversity's AGM
Saturday November 5, 2016 8:30 to 2
Truro Farmer’s Market, 15 Young St.
Come celebrate seeds with us at the Truro Farmer's Market. Seeds of Diversity Canada is partnering with the Truro Market to host a Seed Harvest Celebration during the Saturday market, 8:30 to 1 pm followed by the SoDC Annual General meeting at 2 PM in the Market Annex. Admission is free.
* Demonstrations of seed cleaning techniques
* A children's corner where the Little Sprouts who were given their own heritage tomatoes and beans to grow this spring can tell us how they did and get a certificate and prize pack.
* A celebration of our vendor growers who save seed or use traditional varieties on their farm
* Our Seed Swap Table
* "Guess the Beans" draw
and a host of other seed-related activities!
At 1:00, as the market winds down, take time to eat food you brought or bought at the market, while we set up for the AGM. At the AGM, Seeds of Diversity members can vote for the new Board and tell us directly how they think we're doing.
We've got a real Seedy Celebration planned, and we hope you'll join us!
If you are planning to come and have a seedy idea you think would be great or just want more information, send a line to
Organic Seed Production Webinars-July to November
Tuesday November 15, 2016 2 pm EST
Tue, Jul 19, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EDT
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EDT
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EDT
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EDT
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EST
A new six-webinar series on organic seed production will provide training for seed growers and seed production interns throughout the 2016 growing season (June - November). This series, offered by Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA), will cover a range of topics, from planting to harvest to the economics of seed production.
The series is delivered as part of a new seed internship program offered by OSA and MESA with support from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. The free webinars are open to the public and appropriate for farmers, interns, students, and other agricultural professionals. They will take place on the third Tuesday of each month, and the first one was June 21st, but you can still catch the final 5!
All webinars take place at 11AM Pacific.
More information: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1033801889354662914
Seed Saving for Urban Gardeners
November 3 to 19
Concordia Loyola Campus
Duration: November 3 - 19th
Advanced Registration Required https://goo.gl/forms/7QavD0HdwtQeC95s1
Practiced by farmers and gardeners for thousands of years, seed saving strengthens food security at the community level, empowering people to reclaim control over their food supply. With the unsustainable practices of industrial farming on the rise and our precious crop diversity disappearing, a new paradigm of seed growing, saving, and sharing is necessary. Our urban context offers some particular advantages for seed saving. With little to no chance of cross pollination from industrial agriculture urban gardens have a unique advantage for raising genetically pure seeds. Though this benefit is not without its challenges. As urban gardeners we know that space is always at a premium, and many of the techniques used in organic farming rely on having access to abundant land. This course will address these concerns specifically and offer solutions for the urban gardener to save seed with confidence.
This three week intensive course is designed to offer a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the science, social/political context, and craft of seeds. Not only will you learn these skills, but you will be introduced to a local network of gardeners and seed savers who will serve as you peers as you continue to seed save in the region.
Classes will take place on Thursday evenings 7-9pm and Saturday afternoons 12-4pm at Concordia's loyola campus. The classes will include both classroom lectures and hands-on components. Participants should come dressed to get dirty.
The cost of the course is $200. This covers the cost of all materials, course pack, lunches for the Saturday sessions and the training you will receive.
Bursaries are available for those who need them. We do not want cost to be a limiting factor for participants, so we are working to develop a sustainable model for those who need support financially. For more information on bursaries, please email
More information: www.cityfarmschool.com/seedsaving/
Seeds of Change ECOSGN conference at ACORN ORGANIC conference
Monday November 28, 2016 9 am to 7 pm but varies
Come join us in Moncton, NB at the Delta Beauséjour on November 28–30 for the annual ACORN Conference and Trade Show! Register before September 25th to be entered in a draw for 1 FREE night at the Delta Beauséjour during the conference!
ACORN’s conference is a fun, three-day event that brings together organic and sustainable farmers, processors and businesses from across the region and beyond. As reflected in our "seeds of change" theme, we are proud to be partnering with the Eastern Canadian Organic Seed Growers' Network (ECOSGN) on 2 full day workshop streams dedicated to seed production and other seed-themed topics!
To ensure your spot at this year's exciting event, register today!
Among our confirmed (out of region) speakers are: Dan Brisebois of Tourne-sol Farm, Patrice Fortier of La Société des Plantes, Michael Mazourek, a plant breeder from Cornell University, and Fred Wiseman, a Vermont-based researcher/professor and indigenous seedsaver with the Wabanaki community. In addition to the seed workshops (Day 1 and 2), Day 3 of the conference includes workshops on Vegetables/Horticulture; Pulses & Field Crops; Orcharding; and Agro-ecology. Day 3 also includes a seed sale and swap - getting a table to sell will be free for those registered for a full pass.
Registration has launched and you can find full conference details here:http://www.acornorganic.org/conference/. Member registration will be $250 inc. all workshops, 3 lunches, banquet supper, kick off celebration and all the networking time you can handle. Basic pass (just workshops+networking) will be $195.
Contact: Stephanie Hughes The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security 1-866-322-2676
More information: http://www.acornorganic.org/conference/
Wednesday November 30, 2016 varies
Four Points by Sheraton
Nov. 30 to Dec. 2
Join over 300 ecological growers and supporters from across Ontario and beyond for an incredible three days packed full of practical farmer training, networking opportunities, and celebration. We are thrilled to be hosting several seed-focused workshops at this fantastic event.
More information: https://conference.efao.ca/
Denman Island Seedy Saturday
Saturday January 28, 2017
Denman Island Community Hall
Denman Island, BC
Brantford Seedy Saturday
Saturday February 4, 2017 10 to 2
Grand River Community Health Centre,363 Colborne Street
Seminars –Seed Table- Vendors-
Home Made Soup and Filled rolls available
Free tea and Coffee
Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday
Saturday February 4, 2017 10 am to 3:30 pm
Qualicum Beach Civic Centre
Qualicum Beach, BC
Our theme this year is Flourish and Nourish. We also have a new website https://www.qbseedysaturday.ca.
Nicolet Seedy Saturday
Saturday February 4, 2017 10 h à 16 h
salle du Centre des arts de Nicolet
Almonte Seedy Saturday
Saturday February 11, 2017 9 to 4
Almonte Civitan Hall, 500 Almonte St
*Looking for exhibitors: a Maple supplier, a winter CSA provider for Almonte & surrounding areas, a garden tool supplier, and/or someone who supplies garlic and/or seed potatoes. If you can provide any of these services, or have something you think would be a good fit, please contact Johvi Leeck at or 613-256-0486
Check back for more info on the vendors and seminars!
Stratford Seedy Sunday
Sunday February 12, 2017 11 to 4
Local Community Food Centre, 612 Erie St
Seed exchange, seed vendors, gardening workshops and a café.
Contact: McLeod, , (519) 508-6363 ext 1.
Victoria Seedy Saturday
Saturday February 18, 2017 10am - 4pm
Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street
Hosted by the James Bay Market Society
$7 cash at the door, under 16 free
Ladner Seedy Saturday
Saturday February 18, 2017 9:30am-4:00pm
Ladner Community Centre, 4734 51 Street, Delta
Key speaker: Brian Minter
Come swap seeds, shop the vendors and enjoy our speakers as we celebrate the start of the gardening season.
Contact: Kristin Crouch at
Kitchener Seedy Saturday
Saturday February 25, 2017
Kitchener Public Library, Queen St
Last year’s event sponsored by GardenKitchener/Kitchener Horticultural Society, the Kitchener Public Library and the Kitchener Master Gardeners was attended by over 500 people. It featured 22 vendors and 5 speakers.
Toronto Seedy Saturday
Saturday February 25, 2017 10 to 4
Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E
What’s happening: Seed-related talks and workshops; a community seed exchange; ‘tours’ of our seed library; as well as local seed vendors and environmental organizations.
Contact: Mark Stewart:
Sudbury Seedy Saturday
Saturday March 4, 2017 10 to 3
Parkside Centre, 140 Durham Street
Guest speakers, environmental groups, seed exchange and sales, vendors, and food.
Comox Valley Seedy Saturday
Saturday March 4, 2017
Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay
Comox Valley, BC
London Seedy Saturday
Saturday March 4, 2017 10 to 3
Carling Heights Optimist Ctr - 656 Elizabeth St
London Middlesex Master Gardeners Invite you to our 10th Annual Seedy Saturday
$5.00 admission includes speakers, exhibits, garden supplies, demonstrations, seed swap and several local vendors
More information: www.londonmiddlesexmastergardeners.ca
Wilberforce Seedy Sunday
Sunday March 5, 2017
Rankin Recreation Centre, 20 Rankin Rink Rd
Mission City Seedy Saturday
Saturday March 11, 2017 10-2
Clarke Theatre (HPSS) at 33700 Prentis Ave
Mission City, BC
on Facebook and instagram. 6043025561
More information: www.missioncityfarmersmarket.com
Kamloops Seedy Saturday
Saturday March 18, 2017 9:30 to 1:30
OLPH Parish Center 635 Tranquille Rd
CELEBRATE LOCAL FOOD PRODUCTION
Local, Heritage and Heirloom Seeds available.
Organic Gardening Supplies, Soil Amendments, Tools, Resources.
Community Groups and Workshops
BUY or EXCHANGE SEEDS, PLANTS, ROOT STOCK
Teahouse and Eats Amore Food Truck
LOTS OF DOOR PRIZES
Admission $2 per person. Seniors, Students or Transit Pass holders No Charge
Cobourg Seedy Saturday
Saturday March 18, 2017
Villa St. Joseph Retreat & Ecology Centre 445 Monk St.
Edmonton Seedy Sunday
Sunday March 19, 2017 11 to 4
Central Seniors Recreational Centre north side entrance 11113-113st
More information: edmontonseedysunday.org
Campbell River Seedy Sunday
Sunday March 19, 2017 11 to 2
Campbell River Community Centre
Campbell River, BC
Attendance is free; refreshments will be available.
Terrace Seedy Saturday
Saturday March 25, 2017 11 to 2
Health Unit Auditorium 3412 Kalum Street
Greater Terrace Food Association(GTFA) is hosting our Seedy Saturday.
We ask people who saved seeds and want to exchange them with other collectors to come sharp at 11 AM.
There will be also opportunity to buy seeds at good wholesale prices or get some free from donations.Master gardener and garden related topic experts will be present.
Innisfil Seedy Saturday
Saturday April 1, 2017 10am to 3pm
Innisfil ideaLAB & Library, Lakeshore branch 967 Innisfil Beach Road
Hosted by the Innisfil Seed Library and Innisfil ideaLAB & Library, please join us for our 1st annual Seedy Saturday! Seed vendors, garden-related information booths, seed swap, and speakers and demonstrations throughout the day. Free admission.
Contact: Bridget Indelicato at
More information: www.facebook.com/innisfilseedysaturday
Clearwater Seedy Saturday
Saturday April 8, 2017