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

Seedy Saturday returns to Courtenay March 3

Fell day of events planned for the Florence Filberg Centre

On Saturday, March 3, the Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers host “Seedy Saturday 2018 – “Local Seed = Bountiful Harvest” at the Florence Filberg Centre.

Come and inspect more than 35 Island vendors of seeds, plants, gardening supplies and services. In the basement at the seed exchange, buy seeds locally produced by seed savers. Learn from the guest speakers.

The first speaker, Des Kennedy (10:30 a.m.), will present “Becoming a Seed Extremist” a sassy satire on gardening and seed saving that will make you laugh and reflect on the way things are as well as what they could be. Des is a well known West coast novelist and satirist.

The second speaker, Elodie Roger will present two topics. “Getting Started; the Basics of Seed Saving” (12:30) will get you pointed in the right direction for success with the process of saving your own seeds. “Food Security to Locally Adapted Seed…the Critical Link” (1:30) is an overview of the close relationship that locally adapted seeds have in supporting local food security.

Roger holds a passion for seeds and seed diversity. Her background revolves around the field of conservation, with experience working overseas on various project including GIS mapping and human-wildlife conflict in the UK and socio-ecological landscape for biodiversity conservation in India. Following her return from India in 2014, she settled on Vancouver Island where she became a seed grower, working with over 150 varieties of vegetable, herbs and native plants. Elodie keeps on strengthening her understanding of issues and strategies to alleviate the loss of our food diversity by working alongside local seed growers and seed initiatives such as the Victoria Seed Library and other international key actors such as Dr. Vandana Shiva.

Seedy Saturday also features vegetarian food, snacks and refreshments as well as a children’s activity room where they will be given guidance in creating various seedy activities.

“School Garden Art” will be displayed throughout the facility. The art is supplied by local schools who will each receive $200 towards their school garden.

Seedy Saturday continues to support local and Island enterprises.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Florence Filberg Centre.

Admission is $5 per person, Free after 2 p.m. and children are free all day.

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

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