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

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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

4th Biannual Seed Gathering

Friday November 8, 2019          
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Richmond, BC

Food security begins with seed security! Join us for 2 days of all things seed…FarmFolk CityFolk is organizing the 4th biennial BC Seed Gathering for November 8th and 9th at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond. Over Friday and Saturday, new and established seed growers, organizers, and advocates will engage and come together to discuss means to increase the quantity, quality, and diversity of ecologically grown seed in British Columbia. The Gathering will offer a multitude of opportunities that explore aspects of seed production - from production techniques to marketing models - and will also facilitate dialogue on how to further strengthen, grow, and connect local seed systems across BC.

The Gathering is not only for advanced seed industry workers - is it is open to anyone and everyone with an interest in seed security. The program will provide valuable opportunities for those who are organizing Seedy Saturdays, seed libraries, and other initiatives in their communities that support biodiversity and seed access.

Tickets are now live and are priced for accessibility. The 2019 schedule will ensure diverse presentations, dialogue, skill sharing, and strategizing along with lots of good food and great people. Work trades are available too!

FarmFolk CityFolk hopes to see you there. We are excited to create a space where seed enthusiasts can foster collaboration to build a strong seed system for British Columbia.

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Seed Business Training

Tuesday November 12, 2019          
Moncton, NB

November 12-13
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.

Admission free but must pre register.
Ride shares available as are 5 spots at a local AirBnB ($50) for participants traveling for the event.

Contact: shughes [at]

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ECOSGN Conference

Friday November 15, 2019          
Santropol Roulant, 111 rue roy est
Montreal, QC

November 15-16, the Eastern Canada Organic Seed Growers Network (ECOSGN) will host its biannual gathering.

It is a pleasure to host Heron Breen, a long term ally from worked-owned Fedco in Maine, and our peers from across Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes, as well as our friends from the Seed of Diversity.

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Seeds of Diversity Annual General Meeting

Friday November 15, 2019          12 noon to 1 pm
Santropol Roulant, 111 rue roy est
Montreal, QC

The 2019 conference of the Eastern Canadian Seed Growers Network (ECOSGN) is hosted by Santropol Roulant in Montreal on November 15-16.

Seeds of Diversity invites all members and friends to join us at this fascinating conference, and to attend our Annual General Meeting on Friday at 12:00 noon. Admission to the AGM is free.

Come out and meet our executive director and board of directors!

Belleville Seedy Monday

Monday December 2, 2019          
Ramada by Wyndham Hotel
Belleville, ON

The EFAO Conference is an annual event that draws farmers and supporters across the food system for four days of intensive learning, idea-sharing, networking and celebration.
The 6th annual EFAO Conference, Climate of Curiosity, will take place from December 2-5, 2019:
•400+ attendees
•2-day Trade Show
•36+ workshops
•Farm tours
•Banquet Dinner
•EFAO’s 40th Anniversary Celebration
•and more!

Along with all the other amazing workshops, there will be some interesting seed workshops including The Colonization of Seed, Best Practices of Variety Trials, and our annual Seed Advisory Meeting.

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