Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Niagara Seedy Saturday

Dreaming of a great garden this year? Well now is the time to dream — isn't that what winter is for?
No place better to dream here in Niagara, and perhaps make that dream garden come true, than the fourth annual Niagara Seedy Saturday.
This year, this wonderfully popular event is being held at Ball's Falls Conservation Area Visitor Centre, Vineland, on Feb. 13th (my Mollie's birthday!!!), from 10-4 p.m.
I have confirmed most of the attendees at this point. Selling seeds are The Cottage Gardener, Urban Harvest and Tree and Twig (that's me!)
Ann Brown will be back selling her popular sea grass baskets and I am awaiting confirmation from Acorus Restoration (native plantings).
As usual there will be free coffee and tea, but also this year a light lunch by The Wildflower will be available for purchase.
Displays by Garden of Eating (that's Tiffany), the National Farmers Union (yay!), Ecological Farmers Association, Seeds of Diversity and Master Gardeners round out the roster.
The speakers will be Mary Brittain of The Cottage Gardener, who will discuss saving your own seed, Wendy Dunnville, Master Gardener, discussing starting your own seeds, Linda Crago (me), showing a power point tour through an Heirloom Garden (mine), and Tiffany will do a talk on her very worthwhile Garden of Eating — Niagara project, through which hundreds (or is it thousands?) of pounds of fruit, which would otherwise have gone unpicked, was donated to area food banks in 2009. We will also show the short film, USC's "The Story of Food" throughout the day.
There will be a small charge for admission this year, $1 or a donation, to help me cover the cost of the beautiful venue.
BUT of course there will be FREE seeds upon admission, a FREE seed exchange and garden exchange (bring your unwanted gardening magazines, clean pots, etc), FREE coffee, and FREE and wonderful camaraderie! It is really such a great event and I hope to see lots of people there... and bring your friends. Spread the word. Please contact me if you have any questions.
And never stop dreaming!

1 comment:

julia said...

Hi there!
Julia from OPIRG Brock here.
Wondering if Food Not Bombs is able to have a table again this year? OPIRG is also hoping to start a backyard garden alliance this spring. We all know that maintaining a garden is a lot of work, often too much for some folks to fly solo. So what we'd like to do is create a system where folks can identify things they need help with (composting building, weeding, watering, planting, building new beds, transportation etc) and what they can help other with. The idea is that folks can make contact and skill/labour swap/share. We'd love to gauge interest in this project at seedy saturdays.
you can get in touch with me at opirgbu@gmail.com or call 905 688-5550 x 4430
hope you are well
Julia