The seed exchange is always a popular part of Seedy Saturday. Photo supplied

Seedy Saturday celebrates 20 years

Plenty to see and buy at the Filberg Centre March 2

The Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers are proud to announce their 20th annual Seedy Saturday.

More than 30 Island farmers and small businesses will showcase their locally produced seeds and plants, gardening supplies and gardening services.

The popular community seed exchange, where a diverse variety of seeds are still only a dollar a packet, will take up most of the lower level. As always, there will be workshops:

• Joyce McMenamon, local master composter and master organic gardener, will present “Backyard Composting,” a comprehensive A to Z on all aspects of preparing compost the “Right Way.”

• Well-known long-time columnist Leslie Cox “The Duchess of Dirt” will present “Growing a Bio Diverse and Productive Garden.” With the climate and soils of each region being unique, this is a great opportunity to learn what works in Comox Valley area gardens from a local gardening expert.

Lunch and refreshments are available at the Seedy Cafe, and there will be a children’s activity room available for human seedlings.

School garden art, created by young artists from Comox Valley schools, will be displayed throughout the event. CVGSS supports local school gardens by donating $200 to each participating school.

Seedy Saturday provides a venue for Vancouver Island farmers and small businesses involved in seed production, gardening and craftsmanship. Many community action groups will also be attending. Come and join us for a fun time on Saturday, March 2 at the Florence Filberg Centre, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is $5 per person, children get in for free. Entrance is free to all after 2 p.m.

A complete list of vendors as well as a schedule of events can be found at www.cvgss.org

For more information, email us at cvseedsavers@gmail.com or call Sylvain Alie, 250-336-8632

Schedule of events:

10 a.m. – Doors open

10:30 – 11:30 – Backyard Composting – Joyce McMenamon

11 a.m. – Seedy Café opens

1– 2 p.m. – Building a Bio Diverse and Productive Garden – Leslie Cox “The Duchess of Dirt”

2–3 p.m. – Free admission to all

All workshops are in the Rotary Room (downstairs).

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