Lots growing on in Roberts Creek

Staff writer
March 14, 2014 01:00 AM

Come out to Seedy Saturday to find inspiration, learn from the experts, and purchase locally adapted, open pollinated seeds and seedlings. Spring is a few weeks away, which means that it is time to start planning for our summer gardens.

This Saturday, March 15, the One Straw Society and the Sunshine Coast Seed Saving Collective host their 10th annual Seedy Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Roberts Creek Hall. Admission is free. Bring the whole family.

The central feature of Seedy Saturday is the seed exchange, where locals can bring in open pollinated seeds they have saved and exchange them for other varieties of seeds. In addition, organizers are excited to have a great variety of seed and seedling vendors in attendance, as well as a huge amount of expertise to learn from. There will be four by-donation mini-workshops held during the event on the topics of:soil health, saving seed, growing squash andmason bees.

In addition, Dan Jason, founder ofSalt Spring Seeds,will be available to answer specific seed questions.

Jason will also be speaking from his book Saving Seeds As If Our Lives Depended On It at 10 a.m. at the Masonic Hall (right beside the Creek Hall). There will be a short question and answer to follow his talk. Admission is sliding scale $5 to $15.

Jason is an active critic of genetically modified seeds, patents on living organisms, and industrial agriculture in general. He is a dedicated educator on sustainable organic gardening and farming, food politics, and seed saving. In addition, he is a farmer of beautiful gardens full of vegetables, and grains, as well as medicinal and culinary herbs and flowers.

Seedy Saturday also features a live plant sale, large farmers market, kids activities, a food concession, silent auction, raffle and information booths.

For more details on the day email seedysaturday@onestraw.ca or visit the events calendar at www.onestraw.ca.

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