February 10, 2018 - 10:00 pm
500 Shaftesbury Blvd, Winnipeg
Share seeds and get excited about the upcoming growing season with others from around the province this Saturday, February 10, 2018.
Winnipeg, Manitoba –
The 17th annual Winnipeg Seedy Saturday will be held on February 10th from 10am-3pm at Canadian Mennonite University (500 Shaftesbury Blvd, in the Great Hall). Entrance will be by donation. This collaborative event put on by Seeds of Diversity Canada, Winnipeg Community Garden Network, The Friends of Gardens Manitoba, USC Canada, and Canadian Mennonite University is one of hundreds of similar events taking place across Canada every spring.
It may be cold now, but spring is just around the corner and for gardeners that means the beginning of a new season of planning, planting, tending, harvesting, and preserving.While there is much to think about, it all begins with a seed.
Regardless of whether you are a farmer, avid gardener, less-than-mediocre plant tender, or just interested in food security, this gathering is for you! Heritage, local, and open-pollinated seed varieties will be available for sale or trade and free workshops throughout the afternoon will provide a chance to gain skills and knowledge around seed saving and growing on the prairies.
Last year a news story about an ancient variety of squash known as “Gete-Okosomin” captured the imagination of seed savers and gardeners across the continent. According to many versions of story, the seeds were discovered in a clay ball at an archaeological dig in Wisconsin and carbon dated to be over 800 years old. Although the true story turned out to be a little different, all heirloom seeds have long histories that connect us to the past. An emotional connection to the story of seeds and the rapid disappearance of seed varieties has spurred the launch of seed libraries and seed sharing events across the country.
Seedy Saturday’s workshop schedule is as follows:
10:30 – Seed Saving 101
11:30 – Lyndsey Sable of Broken Forest Floriculture & Prairie Garden
12:30 – Panel Discussion by Jane Rabinowicz and others on seed sovereingty projects in Canada
1:30 – Film : From Seed to Seed
A seed swap table, seed saving and gardening information fair, and children’s activities will be available all day.
For more information visit:
Kenton Lobe and Natalie Elizabeth