Seedy Saturday held in the Floral Hall at VanDusen Botanical Garden on Saturday February 23rd was a huge success. As an annual celebration of heritage seeds, sustainable urban agriculture and organic gardening, the event featured more than 30 growers, seed companies and exhibitors - along with a Heritage Seed Swap.
Produced by the Master Gardeners’ Association of BC, Seedy Saturday highlighted an emphasis on supporting urban agriculture - including seed sales by growers of organically produced (untreated, open-pollinated and non-GMO) heirloom and heritage varieties.
The event is an important way of connecting ordinary people to ways in which they can help to conserve our environment and expand bio-diversity by engaging in the pleasure of gardening. It includes all aspects of creating an environment, which fosters the interrelationship between plants, growing conditions, people and pollinators. It’s a way to grow something less ordinary and a way to contribute to the building of true food security while strengthening the environment of our Canadian food gene bank.
In addition to exhibitors and seed-sellers, Seedy Saturday included informative workshops and presentations. This year’s line-up featured experts such as Master Gardeners and Certified Bee Master Brian Campbell. Brian is a popular instructor of bee-related courses at VanDusen.
There were informational booths and displays by organizations such as Seeds of Diversity, VanDusen Seed Collectors, FarmFolk/City Folk, Environmental Youth Alliance, West Coast Seeds, Master Gardeners’ Association of BC and City Farmer. A Children’s Corner was available to inspire young gardeners.