It’s time to gear up for gardening! The 11th Sooke Seedy Saturday will be held at the Sooke Community Hall, 2037 Shields Road, on February 29 from 10 am to 3 pm.
Sooke Food CHI presents Sooke’s one-day seed and local food growing event. The day will showcase a range of seed and plant vendors, a seed exchange table, plus educational displays featuring information on everything from composting, to keeping bees, and a Kids Zone for this family-friendly event and more.
Learn about Breeding New Potato Varieties – Metchosin Farm’s Fiona Hamersley-Chambers will present her experience on breeding potatoes selected for good production, blight resistance, beauty and taste. The talk begins at 11:00 AM during Seedy Saturday, downstairs meeting space at the Community Hall.
The Sooke Fall Fair Society is hosting a healthy lunch downstairs as a fundraiser for the Fall Fair. They will be serving Veggie Chili, Perogies, Soup, Muffins and other goodies. The theme for this year’s Fall Fair is “The Pumpkin Patch” with bee amazing and climate change crusader.
Seedy Saturday admission is by donation, with a suggested donation amount of $5.
Attendees can also expect opportunities to purchase tickets for unique and fun raffles. This year the raffle donations will support Sooke Country (Saturday) Market to sponsor a participant in the BCAFM Nutritional Coupon Program.
Seedy Saturday volunteers are always welcome. Visit Sookefoodchi.ca for more information.
Sooke Food CHI is a local non-profit food security group working to create vibrant, sustainable food systems for our region.
The original Seedy Saturday was the work of Sharon Rempel. In a search for period-appropriate vegetation for an 1880s garden she was working on, she found she only had one source of seeds. In 1990, she organized the first Seedy Saturday at the VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, to give herself and others more seed options.
Today there are over 150 Seedy Saturday and Sunday events in Canada. February 2010: Sooke’s first Seedy Saturday – at SEAPARC’s facilities, organized by Jessica Boquist, and supported by a number of Food CHI’s volunteers. Hundreds of folks came out and purchased and traded seeds, early spring “starts” and supported Food CHI and our local farms. The following year Seedy Saturday moved to the Sooke Community Hall for more space.
The heart of a Seedy Saturday event is the swapping and sale of seeds folk varieties, farmer varieties and heritage seed. Sharing information about the social, cultural and culinary aspects of the seed is an important part of heritage seed saving around the world.