Seedy Saturdays and 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

From Date
To Date
Sort by

Do you have leftover seeds from your seed swap or seed library?

We can help circulate them to our representatives who will put them to good use at other community seed swaps. Every week during the winter, we mail books and table-top materials to Seedy Saturdays and Seedy Sundays all across the country, so we can easily include your leftover seeds in our packages. Our volunteers will make sure the seeds get to their local seed swap tables and seed libraries, so you'll know that they won't go to waste.

Mail your leftover seeds to:

Seeds of Diversity Canada
#1-12 Dupont St West
Waterloo ON N2L 2X6

Farm Research Field Day

Monday September 16, 2019          2 to 5
Wysmykal Farm
1121 Chapman Settlement Road, Amherst Shore, NS

Wysmykal Farm is one of 7 farms in Atlantic Canada leading innovative on-farm research projects to adapt and improve varieties of our favourite crops, in partnership with USC Canada. This field day will feature a farm tour and talks by farmers Charles and Jessy, as well visiting researcher, Helen Jensen of USC Canada. We'll hear about their on-farm variety trials, how on-farm research is contributing to a national plant breeding program, and why farms are such important innovation hubs for plant breeding. All are welcome to this free event, especially organic and ecological farmers who have an interest in conducting trials and research on their own farms.

Questions? Please contact Steph Hughes at shughes [at] This event is proudly hosted by The Bauta Family Initiative, a project of USC Canada, in partnership with ACORN.

4th Biannual Seed Gathering

Friday November 8, 2019          
Richmond, BC

On Nov 8 and 9.

Seed Business Training

Tuesday November 12, 2019          
, AB

November 12-13 (tentative dates)
The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security will host a free, one and a half day workshop on The Business of Seed with Mary Brittain (of the former Cottage Gardener Heirloom Seedhouse, Ontario) in November 2019.
This training session will focus on the business aspects of commercial organic seed production in order to successfully market and sell your seed crops. It will not address actual seed growing and will assume participants have an intermediate-advanced level of seed production experience. It is intended for seed growers who have saved seed from, or cultivated as seed crops, annual and/or biennial vegetables and/or grains for multiple seasons; understand basic plant biology and the requirements for high quality commercial seed production such as isolation distances, minimum populations and selection; and have commercialized seed crops or are planning to do so.

Date confirmation, location and cost details, and other information coming soon!

Contact: shughes [at]

More information:

ECOSGN Biannual Conference

Friday November 15, 2019          
Santropol Roulant
Montreal, QC

November 15-16, the Eastern Canada Organic Seed Growers Network (ECOSGN) will host its biannual gathering. The planning committee is looking for workshop proposals. *If you have a great idea for content you'd like to present, please complete the call for proposals at link below. Your proposal should fall under one of the themes addressed at the event, which include:
* Indigenous seed and agricultural initiatives
* Marketing and profitability
* Culinary evaluation
* Germination testing and quality assurance
* Importing and exporting seeds
* Storing bi-annuals
* Selection and plant breeding

More information: