Get your seeds ready and save the date! Seedy Saturday 2016 is coming up!
Saturday, February 6, 201, 10am-3pm, at McMaster Innovation Park , 175 Longwood Road S, Hamilton.
Green Venture, The Hamilton Community Garden Network and Neighbour-2-Neighbour Centre are hosting Seedy Saturday 2016 inspired by Seeds of Diversity Canada featuring seed vendors and exchanges, garden workshops, community groups, kids activities and the chance to win great prizes!
Come to share this year in celebrating gardening in Hamilton with a public event focused on sustainable, local practices and products including:
- community seed exchange (bring seeds you saved to trade for other types of seeds)
- seed and garden supply vendors
- garden book exchange (bring your garden books to trade for a different one or make a donation for a book)
- garden workshops and educational demonstrations (see description below!)
- meet other gardeners, socialize and network
- fundraising for future events
- 11:00 am: Monarchs and Milkweed
Join the Melanson family as they share their work to successfully rear hundreds of Monarchs in their backyard. The talk will include descriptions of the various types of milkweed in their garden as well as the different structures they have to protect the Monarchs during each stage of the life cycle. This includes a tent filled with milkweed where Monarchs continue to breed over the summer. The Melansons hope their work will inspire others to help Monarchs and other pollinators
- 12:00pm: Agroecological Ecological Projects with Plan B Organic Farms
- 1:00pm: Spirit In Gardening with Terrylynn Brant
Terrylynn Brant is a member of the Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan from Six Nations. She is a lifelong gardener who has learned her skills from a long line of traditional knowledge holders. She believes we don’t own seed but have a responsibility to support them as they grow in a natural pure Mother Earth. Terrylynn aims to connect gardeners with their spiritual responsibility in gardening. Having learned to garden from many generations of traditional knowledge holders she deeply understands her responsibility in developing garden rituals in an effort to move earth healing forward.
- 2:00pm: Community Garden Panel Discussion
Join community gardeners from the Corktown Community, Hamilton Victory Gardens and Our Sustenance, and the Hamilton Seed Library to discuss the importance of community gardens in Hamilton.
Vendors and community groups:
- Anything Grows Seed Company
- Crown Point Garden Club
- Dundurn Castle
- East West Community Outreach (Click HERE to go to their website)
- Green Venture
- Hamilton Naturalists Club and Environment Hamilton
- Hamilton Seed Library
- Hamilton Victory Gardens
- Hawthorn Farm
- Lickity Spit Fibre Farm
- Matchbox Garden and Seed Co. (Click HERE to go to their website)
- McQueston Urban Farm
- Mohawk Seed Keepers
- Neighbour to Neighbour Centre and the Hamilton Community Garden Network
- Plan B Organic Farm – Organic Market Stand
- Seeds of Diversity
- Silver Creek Nursery
- Sprout Camp – Fun activities for the kids!
- Urban Harvest Organic Seeds
- Weathervane Farms
- Youth Taking Root
- USC Canada
- 541 Eatery and Exchange
- Royal botanical Gardens
If you are interested in volunteering or if you have any questions please contact Julia Shulist by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in having a table at this year’s event, have a look at the Sponsorshop and Exhibitor Package below….