Seedy Saturday set for Feb. 16

Happy planting makes for a happy planet

Lillooet's 5th Annual Seedy Saturday, starting at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 16 at the Friendship Centre is, like spring, a much-anticipated event.

Gardeners everywhere love to share their knowledge, their plants, produce and seeds. This occasion gives us the chance to start our gardens in the best way possible with open-pollinated, local, and organic heritage seeds. If possible, participants are asked to bring seed, cleaned or otherwise, from their own gardens to share.

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Local seed saver extraordinaire Sue Senger will again be on hand to answer your gardening and seed saving questions.

At Seedy Saturday, we are fortunate to have Mojave Kaplan, who will demonstrate the methods of seed growing, integrating seed growing into our garden/farm and various

ways of seed cleaning, including the hand-operated "green winnower."

Mojave co-founded her own seed company Planting Seeds Project in 1991. She has been working to support community gardens and garden projects. She is a consultant in garden/field/permaculture style land development, design and installation, and is a member of BC Seeds steering committee, involved in developing Canadian Seed Capacity.

Seed sharing has been going on for millennia. However in recent times this has become something of a lost art as we began to rely on commercially packaged seed.

In BC, Seedy Saturday began at the VanDusen Gardens in 1989 to address the importance of protecting seed diversity and quality. The excitement soon spread throughout the province.

Lillooet Food Matters (LFM), the host of Seedy Saturday, has been pivotal in bringing our attention to the importance of local food growing to improve local food security in a rapidly changing world.

In March 2011, LFM, in partnership with Ucwalmicw Centre Society, held a day-long free public forum to a packed house at Julianne Hall. One of the actions that came out of that event was The Gleaning Project. This puts those with an excess of fruit together with pickers who will use the fruit and donate some to the Food Bank.

For more info and to sign up, call Angela at 250-256-0470

LFM has organized local organic food garden tours, provided displays at the Salmon in the Canyon Festival, hosted films on relevant topics and brought us an applesauce canning workshop sharing the fruits of their labours with participants and the Food Bank.

LFM would like to invite new members to attend our meetings and enjoy a delicious and nutritious pot luck dinner. To attend, please call Ina at 250-256-0667.

We hope you will come out and be part of the solution and part of the fun at this year's Seedy Saturday. "Happy Planting-Happy Planet".

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