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Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job.
- George Bernard Shaw
Seeds of Diversity thanks the
J.W. McConnell Family Foundation,
the October Hill Foundation,
The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security
for their support.

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Seedy Events

This is a listing of events for our members and others interested in plant biodiversity, heritage gardening, organic gardening, and seeds. If you know of any other upcoming events, please send the information to

Seeds of Diversity Gala Anniversary

Sunday October 26, 2014          9:30-3:00
Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Av
Victoria, BC

Join Canada's Heritage seed saving organization, Seeds of Diversity, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. Pre-registration is required, except for the last hour, which is free to the public. See for registration, then click on the 'event' bar.

Choose between two workshops. Workshop #1, Basic Seed Saving, is led by Michelle Smith, board member and Bauta seed extension agent, Atlantic Canada. Workshop #2, Roundtable Discussion Regarding the Current Seed Movement, for Seed Companies and other interested individuals, is led by our Executive Director, Bob Wildfong. Then enjoy our luncheon, catered by local firm "Little Piggy," sourcing local and fresh ingredients. Visit the seed exchange table and seed vendor booths, which are open all day. Listen to our well-known guest speaker, Linda Gilkeson, whose topic is Year Round Harvest. Buy a book from her and get an autograph!

9:30 Opening and Seed Vendors
10:00 Workshops: choose Seed Saving or Roundtable Discussion for Seed Companies
11:30 Annual General Meeting
12:00 Gala Luncheon
1:00 Special Guest Speaker
2:00-3:00 FREE to Public: Visit seed vendors.


Fundamentals of Seed Production

Wednesday September 24, 2014          
Organic Farm, University of Guelph
Guelph, ON

Contact: Aabir Dey at 519-855-4859 ex103,

Seed Production Trials & Selection

Saturday September 27, 2014          
Everdale Environmental Centre
Hillsburgh, ON

Contact: Aabir Dey at 519-855-4859 ex103,

Seed Saving Workshop

Sunday September 28, 2014          
14 chemin des Pruniers Mansonville, QC, J0E 1X0
Mansonville, QC

Sunday, September 28th. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Have you always wanted to save seeds from your favorite garden vegetables and flowers but weren’t quite sure how to do it? Well it’s easier than you think! In this workshop you will learn everything you need to get started saving and storing your own seeds.

And, you will find out why seed saving is not only a fun, practical addition to your gardening activity but can also make an important contribution towards preserving our precious agriculture heritage.

Abbondanza's many gardens are filled with a tremendous diversity of plants that will provide excellent examples of how to save your very own garden seeds.

The workshop will be given by Lyne Bellemare, Communications Coordinator for Seeds of Diversity Canada. Lyne is an experienced trainer in both seed saving and permaculture design.

Cost: $60, including a delicious garden lunch. Click here to register.

Cet événement est financé par l'Initiative de la famille Bauta sur la sécurité des semences au Canada (, un programme d'USC Canada réalisé en collaboration avec Semences du patrimoine Canada et grâce au généreux soutien de The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.


Seeds: Somebody Has to Save Them

May 1 - October 13          
BC Farm Museum, 9131 King St
Fort Langley, BC

Seeds: Somebody Has to Save Them
May 1 – October 13, 2014

Seeds. We save them, we plant them, and we eat them. Virtually every food we eat comes from a seed – but from where do all of the seeds come?

This new exhibition explores the vital link seeds have played in all areas of agriculture and pioneer life in Langley: from vegetable farming, to grain growing, to raising livestock. It will explore how seeds were planted, harvested, and processed; however the focus will be on how early settlers historically grew their own seed and cleaned it for the following year.

In this vein, this exhibit will also address the issues with the modern-day seed supply, and maintains that seeds remain at the heart of farming and agriculture in Langley, and beyond.

Contact: Kate Petrusa 778 840 7510

Red Deer Seedy Saturday

Saturday October 18, 2014          10 to 5:30
Heritage Ranch + West Lake Grill
Red Deer, AB

Contact: 403-986-7981

More information:

ECOSGN "Seed Connections" Conference

November 7-9          
Macdonald College, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue
Montreal, QC

Building on the incredible success of their 2012 conference, The Eastern Canadian Organic Seed Growers’ Network (ECOSGN) is partnering with The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security and Seeds of Diversity Canada this year to host their second major ecological seed conference for Eastern Canada.

ECOSGN’s “Seed Connections” conference is a fully bilingual event bringing together farmers, seed-savers, seed companies, community gardeners, researchers, and experts on organic seed production to share knowledge, skills, and experience over a packed, 3-day agenda! Whether you are a beginner gardener or an expert seed producer, if you are interested in ecological seed in eastern Canada – this is the conference to attend!

For full conference details, please visit: