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

Seedy Saturday returns to Courtenay’s Filberg Centre

Seedy Saturday presented by the Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers will showcase 40 different vendors that will offer locally produced seeds and plants, gardening supplies and gardening services.

This is an opportunity to find the largest selection of locally adapted seeds and speciality plants that Vancouver Island has to offer. 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 at the Filberg Centre. As always, there will be workshops to learn more about gardening.

“A Plethora of Potatoes” presented by Fiona Hamersley Chambers of Metchosin Farms will discuss the ins and outs of these wonderful tubers and how to grow them and breed new ones in abundance. She is an ethnobotanist, seed farmer and educator, who has been growing plants for decades and has also focused on creating new food crop varieties.

“Grow Vegetables All Winter” presented by local certified organic farmer Arzeena Hamir of Amara Farm will discuss techniques and ideas to make your garden productive over winter. With a BSc in agriculture and a masters in sustainable agriculture, Hamir has a wealth of hands-on knowledge that will help you put fresh produce from your garden on the table year-round.

The Seedy Cafe will offer affordable lunch and refreshments. The event will also have 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 small businesses involved in seed and plant production, gardening and related craftsmanship to sell their products. Many community action groups will also be attending. Join the venders for a fun time on Saturday, March 7 at the Florence Filberg Centre, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

A complete list of vendors 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 A Plethora of Potatoes – Fiona Hamersley Chambers

11 a.m. Seedy Café opens

1–2 p.m. Grow Vegetables all Winter – Arzeena Hamir

2–3 p.m. Free admission to all

All workshops are in the Rotary Room (downstairs).

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Arzeena Hamir will host a workshop on winter vegetable growing. Photo by Bill Jorgensen

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