Seedy Saturdays and 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 office@seeds.ca

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Do you have leftover seeds from your seed swap or seed library?

We can help circulate them to our representatives who will put them to good use at other community seed swaps. Every week during the winter, we mail books and table-top materials to Seedy Saturdays and Seedy Sundays all across the country, so we can easily include your leftover seeds in our packages. Our volunteers will make sure the seeds get to their local seed swap tables and seed libraries, so you'll know that they won't go to waste.

Mail your leftover seeds to:

Seeds of Diversity Canada
#1-12 Dupont St West
Waterloo ON N2L 2X6

Farm Research Field Day

Monday September 16, 2019          2 to 5
Wysmykal Farm
1121 Chapman Settlement Road, Amherst Shore, NS

Wysmykal Farm is one of 7 farms in Atlantic Canada leading innovative on-farm research projects to adapt and improve varieties of our favourite crops, in partnership with USC Canada. This field day will feature a farm tour and talks by farmers Charles and Jessy, as well visiting researcher, Helen Jensen of USC Canada. We'll hear about their on-farm variety trials, how on-farm research is contributing to a national plant breeding program, and why farms are such important innovation hubs for plant breeding. All are welcome to this free event, especially organic and ecological farmers who have an interest in conducting trials and research on their own farms.

Questions? Please contact Steph Hughes at shughes [at] usc-canada.org. This event is proudly hosted by The Bauta Family Initiative, a project of USC Canada, in partnership with ACORN.

Seed Saving

Monday September 16, 2019          7 pm
Wellesley Rec Centre
Wellesley, ON

Judy Newman from Seeds of Diversity, will be speaking about how to save seed.

Contact: westwindfarm4 [at] gmail.com

Conserving the Buzz

Tuesday September 17, 2019          1 pm est

Conserving Canada's species-at-risk bumble bees, associated bee communities and their habitat.

Contact: info [at] beecitycanada.org

Seed Saving Workshops with Equinox Celebration

Friday September 20, 2019          
Abundance Community Farm, 1020 Hamilton Rd
agassix, BC

Sept 20-22

Learn the importance of seed saving, gain skills on identifying & collecting seeds, learn techniques for harvesting, cleaning and storing seeds, and explore the political & social implications of the future of seed security, sovereignty, and community seed banks.

with hosts Dan Jason, Mojave Kaplan, Rupert Adams, & David Catzel

https://www.facebook.com/events/2416418282012182/

https://www.abundancecommunity.farm/events-1/seed-sovereignty-equinox-celebration?fbclid=IwAR2uTIQEK3gv8V_Pk4ztjrBaLiJlFvCa29KxOG0o8I4NEqR5_r0XF8yogz4

Beginner Seed Saving

Tuesday September 24, 2019          2 to 3:30 pm
Burnampthorpe Branch Library, 3650 Dixie Road
Mississauga, ON

Join Ecosource for a hands-on workshop on the basics of seed saving, including understanding seed labeling and selecting plants for seed. Please register with the Burnhamthorpe Library at 905-615-4635.

Beginner Seed Saving

Thursday September 26, 2019          6 to 7:30 pm
Port Credit Library, 20 Lakeshore Road East
Mississauga, ON

Join Ecosource for a hands-on workshop on the basics of seed saving, including understanding seed labeling and selecting plants for seed. Please register with the Port Credit Library at 905-615-4835.

More information on Library programs: https://www7.mississauga.ca/documents/library/main/2019/What'sOn_news_web_f3.pdf

And Ecosource events: https://ecosource.ca/events/

4th Biannual Seed Gathering

Friday November 8, 2019          
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Richmond, BC

Food security begins with seed security! Join us for 2 days of all things seed…FarmFolk CityFolk is organizing the 4th biennial BC Seed Gathering for November 8th and 9th at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond. Over Friday and Saturday, new and established seed growers, organizers, and advocates will engage and come together to discuss means to increase the quantity, quality, and diversity of ecologically grown seed in British Columbia. The Gathering will offer a multitude of opportunities that explore aspects of seed production - from production techniques to marketing models - and will also facilitate dialogue on how to further strengthen, grow, and connect local seed systems across BC.

The Gathering is not only for advanced seed industry workers - is it is open to anyone and everyone with an interest in seed security. The program will provide valuable opportunities for those who are organizing Seedy Saturdays, seed libraries, and other initiatives in their communities that support biodiversity and seed access.

Tickets are now live and are priced for accessibility. The 2019 schedule will ensure diverse presentations, dialogue, skill sharing, and strategizing along with lots of good food and great people. Work trades are available too!

FarmFolk CityFolk hopes to see you there. We are excited to create a space where seed enthusiasts can foster collaboration to build a strong seed system for British Columbia.

For more information visit our website: www.bcseeds.org/gathering/

Seed Business Training

Tuesday November 12, 2019          
Moncton, NB

November 12-13
The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security will host a free, one and a half day workshop on The Business of Seed with Mary Brittain (of the former Cottage Gardener Heirloom Seedhouse, Ontario) in November 2019.
This training session will focus on the business aspects of commercial organic seed production in order to successfully market and sell your seed crops. It will not address actual seed growing and will assume participants have an intermediate-advanced level of seed production experience. It is intended for seed growers who have saved seed from, or cultivated as seed crops, annual and/or biennial vegetables and/or grains for multiple seasons; understand basic plant biology and the requirements for high quality commercial seed production such as isolation distances, minimum populations and selection; and have commercialized seed crops or are planning to do so.

Admission free but must pre register.
Ride shares available as are 5 spots at a local AirBnB ($50) for participants traveling for the event.

Contact: shughes [at] usc-canada.org

More information: www.acornorganic.org/events/calendar/seed-business-training

ECOSGN Biannual Conference

Friday November 15, 2019          
Santropol Roulant
Montreal, QC

November 15-16, the Eastern Canada Organic Seed Growers Network (ECOSGN) will host its biannual gathering. The planning committee is looking for workshop proposals. *If you have a great idea for content you'd like to present, please complete the call for proposals at link below. Your proposal should fall under one of the themes addressed at the event, which include:
* Indigenous seed and agricultural initiatives
* Marketing and profitability
* Culinary evaluation
* Germination testing and quality assurance
* Importing and exporting seeds
* Storing bi-annuals
* Selection and plant breeding

More information: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScfrz6qctLmi6pg0yVIo1Dx5Ce-tL8MBw15C2zwoEnjKGIAMA/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

Seeds of Diversity Annual General Meeting

Friday November 15, 2019          
Santropol Roulant
Montreal, QC

This meeting is part of the ECOSGN conference, listed on this page. Come out and meet our executive director and board of directors!