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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

Toronto- North York Seedy Saturday

Saturday April 29, 2017          10 to 1
Oriole Community Centre, Banquet Room, 2975 Don Mills Rd.
Toronto- North York, ON

Free admission!
Trade or buy seedlings and seeds
Gardening demonstrations
Snacks provided

The Community Centre is fully accessible
Info: see the Dallington Pollinators Community
Garden page on Facebook or
www.torontourbangrowers.org/events

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Almaguin Seedy Saturday

Saturday April 29, 2017          10 to 3
Zion United Church in Sundridge at 49 Main Street
Almaguin, ON

Our Almaguin Highlands Seedy Saturday is called "Deep Roots", with Little Bluestem, Big Bluestem, Indian Grass, Daikon, as the theme plants. We're building soil fertility, controlling erosion, feeding wildlife and keeping deer at bay. Speakers, free draws, local growers, seed catalogues and more!

East Vancouver Seedy Saturday

Saturday May 6, 2017          11 to 3
Cedar Cottage Community Garden, Hull St @ Victoria Dr. behind the big "A" sign.
East Vancouver, BC

Seed exchange. We will also have a bake sale, beekeeping demo, artisan market, native plant walk and poetry contest. Garden saved seeds and starts aplenty. All proceeds go back to the garden.

Langley Seedy Saturday

Saturday May 13, 2017          1 to 4
Langley Demonstration Garden, in the Derek Doubleday Arboretum
Langley, BC

Hosted by the Langley Demonstration Garden.

Just before Mother’s Day, celebrate the beginning of the 2017 Demonstration Garden season with a seed- and seedling-swap, free workshops, and activities for the family. Gardening experts of all stripes will be on hand, along with local seeds, plants and treats for purchase.

Contact:

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1831360887135215/

Hanna Seedy Saturday

Saturday May 27, 2017          
Hanna Pioneer Museum and Quonset
Hanna, AB

Presented by: Hanna Historical Society, Hanna in Bloom Committee and the Hanna and District Historical Society

Registration Fee: $10.00 (includes lunch, craft)
Please Register at the Town Office during regular office hours

9:30 a.m. – Sign in, drop off Perennials and Seeds for Exchange
10:00 a.m. – Guest Speaker: Sandi Checkel – Get the dirt on fertilizer.
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
1:00 p.m. – Door prizes, Plant sale (Checkel Greenhouses) and Perennial Exchange
1:30 p.m. – Garden Craft (TBA)

Wednesday June 14, 2017          
Cobble Hill, BC

On-Farm Plant Breeding, 1-day intensive with Laurie McKenzie from Organic Seed Alliance.

YOU CAN DO IT!
Plant breeding, maybe it sounds technical. But farmers and gardeners have been developing new varieties for hundreds of years. Before the introduction of hybrid corn in the 1950's seed companies could barely stay in business because no one needed to buy seed - everyone saved and bred their own. With just 5 corporations (which could soon be reduced to 3 through mergers) controlling 50% of the world's seed supply and favourite varieties dropping from seed catalogs, a changing climate and new agricultural needs, it is high time to bring breeding back to our farms and gardens.

We are happy to announce that Laurie McKenzie from the Organic Seed Alliance, is coming to Vancouver Island for a 1-day, On-Farm Plant Breeding workshop. A brassica breeding project (dazzling blue kale) will be used as an example for how-to set up your own plant breeding project, including selection and cross techniques, tracking your populations and developing your own varieties. This will be a very practical workshop, when you leave you will have everything you need to confidently move from vegetable grower to plant breeder.

If your growing endeavours are on the garden-scale rather than farm-scale, plant breeding is still within your reach. .

Registration opens soon.

Contact:

More information: bcseeds.org

Thursday July 27, 2017          
Sunshine Organic Farms
Kelowna, BC

Okanagan Seed Trials Field Day

Contact:

More information: bcseeds.org

Saturday September 16, 2017          
UBC Farm Open House
Vancouver, BC

BC Seed Trial tour

Contact:

More information: bcseeds.org

BC Seed Gathering

Friday November 3, 2017          
KPU Richmond campus
Richmond, BC

The BC Seed Gathering will be taking place on November 3-4.

The BC Seed Gathering aims to engage new and established growers, organizers and advocates working to increase the supply, diversity and access to seed in British Columbia. The Gathering will offer learning and engagement opportunities that delve into aspects of seed from breeding techniques to marketing models, to seed democracy issues and community organizing with the goal of strengthening the local seed economy and connecting our communities.

Contact:

More information: bcseeds.org

Join Seeds of Diversity at Evergreen

Saturday November 4, 2017          1:30 to 3:30
Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Av
Toronto, ON

Meet us at our table at the Evergreen Farmer's Market in the morning. Then join the board for our afternoon AGM.

Each year the board meets in a different part of Canada. This is your opportunity to come out and meet the national board and staff of Seeds of Diversity, in the Capital Room of the Evergreen building.

Hear our great speaker and swap seeds at the seed table.

Free for members. Small fee at door for others.

Evergreen's mission is to work with our community to help people make healthier food choices. In doing this we will create a food system that is ecologically and economically sustainable.

Contact:

More information: evergreen.ca