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Voici des événements d'intérêt pour nos membres ou autres personnes préoccupées par la biodiversité, la culture de variétés du patrimoine, la culture biologique ainsi que les semences. Si vous savez d'autres événements, SVP courriel

Collaborative Seed Production Workshop

Dimanche 1 Février 2015          1:30 to 3
Guelph University (part of the Guelph Organic Conference)
Guelph, ON

Learn from Bob Wildfong and Kim Delaney as they discuss innovative ways farmers are working together and collaborating to scale up seed production.

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Sustainable Food Systems Dialogues: Speaker Series ~ ANN SLATER

Dimanche 1 Février 2015          1:30-2:30pm
THEMUSEUM 10 King Street West, Kitchener ON ~ Also 41 Duke Street West, a parking garage attached to THEMUSEUM with direct access from 1st parking level and FREE parking on Sundays. Dialogues are free
Kitchener, ON


Ann Slater, Farmer and Vice President Policy, National Farmers Union

An overview of the current situation of farms, farmers and agriculture in Ontario followed by a discussion of how we can all be part of the movement towards food sovereignty.


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Fête des semences Qualicum Beach

Samedi 7 Février 2015          10 to 3:30
Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, 747 Jones St.
Qualicum Beach, BC

Our theme this year is Sow the Seeds

Our speakers will all be dealing
with aspects of the backyard garden.

10:30 – 11:30 Diane Sharp "Growing Your Groceries"

12:00 – 1:00 Kate Green "Seeds Grow More Than Food"

1:30 – 2:30
Expert Panel
Kathy Claxton, Kay Howard and Kim Hammond

There will be a Seed Swap, Raffle, Speakers, Vendors, Seedy Cafe, and much more.


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Fête des semences Montréal

7 et 8 février 2015          10h00 à 16h30
Jardin Botanique, 4101 Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal, QC

Venez à la 15ème Fête des semences découvrir la richesse de notre patrimoine végétal et rencontrer plus d'une vingtaine de producteurs de semences biologiques de fleurs, de fines herbes, de plantes médicinales et de légumes anciens ou méconnus.

Des rencontres d'échanges de semences et des conférences sur l'agriculture urbaine sont également au programme. La Fête des semences est un événement d'Action Communiterre organisé en collaboration avec les Amis du Jardin botanique de Montréal et Espace pour la vie.

N'oubliez pas l'échange de semences qui aura lien en fin de journée!
Pour consulter l'horaire des conférences, visitez le site Web d'Action Communiterre.

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Fête des semences Brantford

Samedi 7 Février 2015          10 to 3
Grand River Community Health Centre,363 Colborne Street Brantford N3S 3N2 (new location)
Brantford, ON

(our building is wheelchair accessible)

There will be a seed swap-vendors-prize draw and much more.

There will be a healthy lunch available

Free Seed Swap- Seed Catalogues- Raffle- Seedy Café (free coffee) Vendors

Guest speakers
11:am to 11:45 Cathy Nesbitt Vermi-composting 101 Workshop Discover how worms convert organic matter into soil
12:00pm to 12:45 Andy Tonkin – Aquaponics The key to a more sustainable future
1:00pm to 1:45pm Mark Maloun (City of Brantford Parks and Rec– Planting seeds and seedlings Fun and interactive workshop on best planting practices
2:00pm to 2:45pm Dana Schultz Success with Vegetable Gardening Tips and tricks to share in all aspects of gardening

For list of vendors please visit Brant Community Garden Network or Grand River Community Health Centre facebook page.

Please bring your flower and vegetable seeds, packaged and clearly marked and labeled to the event to trade!
We look forward to welcoming you!

Contact: Gloria Ord 519-754-0777 ext 223 or

Fête des semences Cache Creek

Samedi 7 Février 2015          10 to 3
Cache Creek Community Hall
Cache Creek, BC

Second annual Seedy Saturday, hosted by the Cache Creek Beautification Society.
Seed swap, lectures, vendors, displays, kids activities, food, lots of garden talk!
More information, visit Cache Creek Market on Facebook and look for the Seedy Saturday information and updates.


Fête des semences Prince George

Samedi 7 Février 2015          10 to 3
The Exploration Place
Prince George, BC

Gather your seeds and gather your friends for the kick-off to the gardening season!

Swap and buy open-pollinated seeds, meet new and experienced gardeners, wander the atrium and view the community resources, information tables and seed displays.

Free Presentations:
10:30 a.m. The Secrets of Propagation with Andrea Eastham
11:30 a.m. Seed Saving for Survival with Pete Amyoony
1:00 p.m. The Dirt on Urban Soils with Grace Morrice
2:00 p.m. Building Tilth the Honest…and Only Way with Wendy McRae

$10 Lunch Concession by Zaffron Cuisine
Hosted by Community Gardens Prince George with support from The Exploration Place

Contact: 250-564-3859, or Prince George Seedy Saturday on Facebook

Sustainable Food Systems Dialogues: Speaker Series ~ JODI KOBERINSKI

Dimanche 8 Février 2015          1:30-2:30PM
THEMUSEUM 10 King Street West, Kitchener ON ~ Also 41 Duke Street West, a parking garage attached to THEMUSEUM with direct access from 1st parking level and FREE parking on Sundays. Dialogues are free
Kitchener, ON


Jodi Koberinski, Member of Canada's Organic Value Chain Round Table

2015 is the UN Year of the Soils, a much neglected, abused life support system for our species. The conversation about food systems "sustainability" must dig deeper. New soils science tells us that our current paradigm of intensive monocultures and chemical based management systems will not carry our societies into the future. Jodi's talk will reflect the experience and learning of 15 years in the food systems sector, including her recent journey to Vandana Shiva's biodiversity institute in India where she served as the course director for the one-month intensive A to Z of Agroecology course.


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Sustainable Food Systems Dialogues: Speaker Series ~ RACHEL PARENT

Dimanche 8 Février 2015          1:30-2:30pm
THEMUSEUM 10 King Street West, Kitchener ON ~ Also 41 Duke Street West, a parking garage attached to THEMUSEUM with direct access from 1st parking level and FREE parking on Sundays. Dialogues are free
Kitchener, ON


Rachel Parent, Kids Right to Know

Rachel will speak about food safety for all Canadians, and the importance of working together as a global community to create more awareness about Genetically Modified foods. There is an urgent social need to stand up for everyone’s basic human right to know what’s in food, by demanding and making mandatory GMO labelling a law in Canada.


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Fête des semences Brockville

Samedi 14 Février 2015          10 to 2
Brockville Public Library, 23 Buell Street
Brockville, ON

Fête des semences Salt Spring Island

Samedi 14 Février 2015          10 to 3
Farmers' Institute, 351 Rainbow Rd
Salt Spring Island, BC

'Sowing the Seeds of Love'
Salt Spring Island's 20th Annual Seedy Saturday

Wednesday Feb.11th: 7pm Film night at The Fritz Cinema. 'The Sower' a beautiful and heartwarming portrait of an eccentric seed saver and artist from Quebec. A Canadian film recommended by the SSI Film Festival. Fundraiser for Island Natural Growers- ING (our local chapter of Canadian Organic Growers) and Seeds of Assam (in association with Fertile Ground East West Sustainability Network). $10-15

Friday Feb.13th: 7pm 'Seeds of Love Dance Temple' Let's gather together in dance and celebration to cultivate the garden of our hearts and sow the seeds of love together. At Mahon Hall $15

Saturday Feb.14th: 10-3pm Seed Exchange, Local Seed, Plant and Food Vendors, Info Tables and Workshops at The Farmers Institute ($5 donation, students free)
10:30-11:45 Permaculture in East Africa Slideshow Talk- Brandon Bauer
12:00-12:30 Fruit Tree Project Planning Group- Tony Beck
1:00-2:00 Seed Saving, Salt Spring Sanctuary and Seed Library- Linda Gilkeson
1:00-3:00 Fruit Tree Pruning- Paul Linton (outside)
2:15-3:00 Bee Keeping intro and how you can help bees- Bee Club
3:30-4:30 BC Seed Coop and mobile seed cleaning equipment- Vanessa Goodall and Mary Alice Johnson

Sunday. Feb. 15th - 9:30am-4:30pm 'Growing Together' Workshops at the Farmers Institute upstairs ($25 pre-registration includes lunch)

9:30-12:30 Farm Sharing and Community Living Panel Discussion

Are you someone with land looking for other like-minded folks to share it with? Are you someone who has a desire to be on land, create a home and community? Do you have skills or experience to help these people work together?

Please join our 3 hour session to share ideas and experience about living/ working on land in community, whether multi-generational, multi-family, co-housing, separate structures, farm share leasing, co-ownership, co-operative business, etc. We will start with a few brief presentations by local ‘experts’, followed by practical solutions to help the people in the room increase their capacity to work together.

12:30-1:30 Organic Lunch from Hips 'n Haws

1:30-4:30 Local Food Resilience: Building on Success and Activating Opportunities

In 2005, Island Natural Growers conducted a local produce study, which revealed we are growing about 5% of our food on island. Since then, many programs have made efforts to raise the percentage. This session will look at how are we doing now and how we can further increase our local food security. Topics will include local initiatives such as The Abbatoir, The Produce Centre, and Community Gardens, along with successful models from off island such as Fruit Tree Projects, Community Kitchens and Value-Added Cooperative Businesses.

Contact: Erin Harper 250-653-4031

Fête des semences Mississauga

Samedi 14 Février 2015          9:30 to 4
Unitarian Congregation, 84 South Service Rd
Mississauga, ON

Ninth annual Seedy Saturday in Mississauga This is a community event, with no admission charge, sponsored by the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga, Seeds of Diversity Canada and Greening Sacred Spaces.
This year the focus is on growing your own vegetables (as well as beautiful gardens), since prices have certainly increased. Even if you have a sunny balcony or patio you can grow tomatoes and herbs that will delight and be a fraction of the market cost.

If you are an experienced seed saver, bring your seeds for exchange at the Mississauga Master Gardeners booth. Ensure your seeds are clearly identified. Heritage and organic seeds will be available from local vendors.

Free gardening advice will be offered by Mississauga Master Gardeners, along with nine
workshops and a diversity of vendors offering information and supplies. The All Day Café – offers a menu of delicious home-made and healthy foods.

No pre-registration - No admission charge.
Founders Hall Upper Level (55 minutes)

10 a.m. How to Build A Fusion Garden
11 a.m. Maximizing Production in Small Spaces – Veggies from seed
12 noon Your Green Yard – Gardening and Landscaping with Native Plants
1:00 p.m. Jump Start Your Garden – Starting your own seedlings at home
2:00 p.m. Edible Gardening – getting the most by planning and planting

Lower Level (30 minutes)

1:00 p.m. An Inch of Skin – seeds for the mind and your health
1:30 p.m. Vermicomposting 101 – how to let worms eat your garbage
2:00 p.m. Tree caching – learn about native and invasive trees and winter identification
2:30 p.m. The Honeybee is a Creature of Love

Contact: Carole Berry 905-790-6983

Fête des semences Wellandport (South Niagara)

Samedi 14 Février 2015          1 to 5
Wellandport Community Centre, 5042 Canborough Rd
Wellandport (South Niagara), ON

Speakers include Steven Biggs, award winning author, speaking on growing figs, Tiffany Mayer who has just released a book on the history of Niagara food and other speakers will discuss heirlooms and seed starting/saving.
Vendors, seed exchange, seedy cafe. Admission by small donation to cover the cost of the hall.

Contact: Linda Crago 905-386-7388 or

Fête des semences Winnipeg

Samedi 14 Février 2015          10 to 3
Canadian Mennonite University at 600 Shaftesbury (south campus)
Winnipeg, MB

Starting in 2000, Winnipeg's event has been organized by the Winnipeg Community Garden Network and The Friends of Gardens Manitoba in partnership with Canadian Mennonite University and USC Canada.

Plus d'information: or find us on Facebook for more details.

Fête des semences St-Apollinaire

15 février 2015          De 10h00 à 15h00
St-Apollinaire, QC

Venez vous réchauffer en rêvant du printemps! La Société d’horticulture de Saint-Apollinaire vous invite à vous procurer vos semences le 15 février prochain. Des producteurs et des productrices d’un peu partout au Québec vous y offriront des graines de légumes, d’herbes et de fleurs introuvables dans les jardineries, adaptées à notre climat, rares, anciennes ou biologiques. Ils et elles viennent jusqu’à nous, profitez-en.

La fête des semences de Saint-Apollinaire est une occasion unique d’échanger avec les semenciers et les semencières, loin de la foule, dans une atmosphère conviviale.

Délicieux casse-croûte santé sur place.

Entrée libre, bienvenue à tous et à toutes.

Salle communautaire, 83 rue Boucher, Saint-Apollinaire
(Sortie 291 sur l’autoroute 20, à une vingtaine de minutes à l’ouest des ponts de Québec)

Contact: Carol Anne Brunet : 418-886-2218

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Fête des semences Brandon

Dimanche 15 Février 2015          
Brandon, MB

Seed Companies attending: Heritage Harvest and Prairie Garden Seeds
All day event (Breakfast, presentations, Chili Dinner, Trivia, Social)

Fête des semences Castlegar

Dimanche 15 Février 2015          10 to 4
Kinnaird Hall 2320 Columbia Ave
Castlegar, BC

Come and join us for Castlegar’s first Seedy Sunday. We will be having some great speakers to gain some valuable knowledge from. It will be at the Kinnaird Hall 2320 Columbia Ave, from 10am-4pm on February 15th.

Gregoire Lamoureux with the Kootenay Permaculture Institute 11:00am-11:30
Nette Lack/Mad Dog Farms- 12:00pm
Patrick Steiner/Steller Seeds- Dicuss on saving seeds- 1pm-1:30pm
There will also be more informational booths and local farms. Addmission is a $1/donation and all proceeds will go to Seeds Of Diversity, also asking for donations of seeds for the Kinniard Elementary school for their Garden project.
Vendors interested can contact for table rental.

Sustainable Food Systems Dialogues: Speaker Series ~ TAARINI CHOPRA

Dimanche 15 Février 2015          1:30-2:30pm
THEMUSEUM 10 King Street West, Kitchener ON ~ Also 41 Duke Street West, a parking garage attached to THEMUSEUM with direct access from 1st parking level and FREE parking on Sundays. Dialogues are free
Kitchener, ON


Taarini Chopra, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network

What have the past 20 years of having GMOs in our food system taught us? Are GM crops better for the environment? Are they better for consumers or farmers? Are they regulated well enough? We will explore the various impacts and risks that GM crops pose, and investigate who benefits from GM crops and who pays their costs.


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Fête des semences Victoria

Samedi 21 Février 2015          10 to 4
Victoria Conference Centre, 750 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC

Spring is here and time to plan the garden! Come for local/BC organic and heritage seeds direct from the growers. Small nurseries will have native plants, succulents, perennials, olive/nut/heritage apple trees, seedlings, and fruiting plants. There are artisanal food tastings and local businesses with garden products/services. Displays by garden clubs and environmental organizations will update you on their latest programs and activities. The Kids' activity area always appeals to children, and offers a bit of quiet space for parents and the very young ones. And the Master Gardeners are always eager to research those tough garden questions.

If you saved any seeds from last year, we welcome them at the community seed exchange. And if you have any used gardening books you no longer need/want, bring them to swap.

As always, there is an extensive free speaker series, with concurrent hourly talks. Caution: come early to the session of your choice to ensure a seat, as most rooms fill quickly.

.CRFAIR panel and roundtables: learn of new and exciting initiatives about growing food in the city.
.Worm Composting workshop for 5 - 8 year olds (limit 30 children)
.Hands-on Seed Cleaning workshop (bring any of your own seed to clean, and the presenter will have seeds, too), limit 30 people.
.Film showing of "Open Sesame: the story of seeds". ($2 for the film only)

There is an ATM on site, and a cafe offering light lunches and refreshments.

Come for your seeds, inspiration, education and networking!


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Fête des semences Kitchener

Samedi 21 Février 2015          9 to 2:30
Kitchener Public Library
Kitchener, ON

The event will be held at the newly renovated and expanded Central Library of the Kitchener Public Library, 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener. The event is co-sponsored the Kitchener Horticultural Society, the Kitchener Public Library and the Kitchener Master Gardeners. This year we have invited the Horticultural Societies in District 19 (9 Societies two of which were the fastest growing Societies in Ontario – Cambridge and Kitchener) of the OHA to join us.

We plan to bring in more vendors in the past, some excellent speakers that includes Dugald Cameron (Gardenimports) and our Seed Exchange will feature heritage seeds that have been collected by Master Gardeners and members of the Societies.

We are quite excited to be offering a number of great opportunities for gardeners to participate in seed swaps (including our heritage seed swap), workshops, presentations, information booths and even a bit of shopping.

Contact: Bruce MacNeil, 519-576-6034 or

Fête des semences Ladner

Samedi 21 Février 2015          10 to 3
Harris Barn at Hawthorne Grove Park, 4140 Arthur Dr
Ladner, BC

The Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo 2015 will be held on February 21 & 22. This year the Ladner Community Garden Society has partnered with the Corporation of Delta for the event. The Harris Barn is a historic site perfect for seed sharing with its agricultural heritage. The venue has lots of parking and is accessible. Brian Minter is our key speaker on Saturday, February 21 at 10am.

Fête des semences Bridgewater

Samedi 21 Février 2015          10 to 4
MARC, Dayspring, 33 Leary Fraser Rd
Bridgewater, NS

This is a buy, sell, and trade event where local organic seed producers come together to engage with the community. Entry is by donation to the local food bank. There will be a healthy soup lunch.

We have a film Screening this year with producer Tim Tracey, “feast or famine” at 1pm

Children’s activities will be supplied by Amanda Bostlund of Open Air Learning. She will offer outdoor adventures all day

Due to popularity of our event, we have grown to 2 floors of the MARC. Film & Café on 2nd floor, all seeds on Main floor

Contact: Rosmarie, 902-521-2538

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Fête des semences Creston

Samedi 21 Février 2015          10 to 2
1821 Elm st.
Creston, BC

This year is shaping up to be the best Seedy Saturday yet! With 5 Seed Companies attending, over 10 Garden Related Vendors, a Supervised Children's Play Area, Free Seed Trade Table, and a Lunch Counter provided by Fooby's Local Food Store, our 5th anniversary is going to be the best party in town!

2015 Schedule of Classes:
We have three wonderful ladies from all over the valley with diverse skill sets ready to share their knowledge. These Classes will be free to attend but we encourage tipping.

10:30 am: Isabel Brunham with Fuchsia Propagation.
Isabel studied Horticulture at Olds College and for the last 30+ years has run Brunham Greenhouse in Erickson. Her passion is Fuchsias and she's ready to show off her masses of knowledge. Come join her for an hour of instruction on these beautiful but fussy flowers.

11:45am: Basic Seed Starting with Cassandra Viers.
Want to save seeds from your own garden? In this hour long class Cassandra will show you how to avoid cross pollination, collect seeds, and how to store your final product. With over 10 years of experience saving seeds for Purple House Farm, Cassandra knows what she's talking about and is ready to share her knowledge.

1:00pm: Homestead Hogs with Jessica Piccinin
Queen of the Porkers isn't a bad title once you've tasted the fruit of this woman's labours. Jessica Piccinin is the owner of Root & Vine Acres here in the valley and makes the best tasting sausage this side of the Rockies. Join Jessica for an hour long talk about getting into backyard hog farming and how you too can become Pork Royalty. As an added bonus, a couple of her smaller hogs will be coming out for a day trip!

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Fête des semences Picton

Samedi 21 Février 2015          10 to 3
Books and Company, Upstairs, 289 Main St.
Picton, ON

Free admission, free lunch, seed swap table, 20+ vendors, and several speakers on topics such as saving seeds, planting pollinator gardens, growing vegetables, and more. Free parking behind the building. Wheelchair accessible.

Natalie Comeau

Join us at Seedy Saturday Picton 2015
Saturday 21 February 10am-3pm
Upstairs at Books & Company
289 Main Street in Picton


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Fête des semences Charlottetown

Samedi 21 Février 2015          2 to 4
Public Library
Charlottetown, PE

Saving Your Own Seeds in a Home Garden

Dimanche 22 Février 2015          1:30-2:30pm
KITCHENER MARKET 300 King Street East, Kitchener
Kitchener, ON


Bob Wildfong, Executive Director Seeds of Diversity Canada

Explore the art and science of saving your own garden seeds from a master seed saver. Learn where seeds come from, how they are pollinated, how to store them for reliable germination, and how you can produce home-grown seeds that are just as good as (or better than) the seeds you buy every year.

Free, and free parking on Sunday


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Fête des semences Frelighsburg

Dimanche 22 Février 2015          10 to 4
2 Place de l'Hôtel de Ville
Frelighsburg, QC

La fête des semences est un moment pour s'informer sur l'importance de la sauvegarder de nos semences et d'en apprendre davantage sur des sujets liés à l'environnement, mais c'est avant tout une journée conviviale pour discuter et échanger entre jardiniers. Les gens sont invités à apporter leurs semences afin de participer à l'échange de semences qui aura lieu en fin journée.

Entrée gratuite - contribution volontaire!

Contact: Susan Muir 450-298-5544; []

Fête des semences Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue

Dimanche 22 Février 2015          10 - 3
Centennial Center du Campus Macdonald de l'université McGill, 2111 route Lakeshore
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC

La Fête des semences de Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue est de retour cette année pour une deuxième édition!


Fête des semences St. Andrews

Dimanche 22 Février 2015          2 to 4
Anglican Church hall at 75 King Street
St. Andrews, NB

This will be our 12th annual seedy Sunday.

Contact: 506-529-4982 or

Sustainable Food Systems Dialogues: Speaker Series ~ ANGIE KOCH

Dimanche 22 Février 2015          1:30-2:30pm
KITCHENER MARKET 300 King Street East, Kitchener, ON N2G 2L3 ~ FREE to attend and free parking on Sundays
Kitchener, ON


Angie Koch, Fertile Ground Farm

What does it mean to purchase local vs organic food, and why bother? How can consumers contribute to supporting sustainable food systems? Angie will provide examples of community-connected food production models, with a focus on Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).


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Fête des semences Kaslo

Dimanche 22 Février 2015          10 to 2
St. Andrews United Church Hall, 500 4th St.
Kaslo, BC


Fête des semences Sooke

Samedi 28 Février 2015          10 to 3
Sooke Community Hall, 2037 Shields Rd
Sooke, BC

Organized by Sooke Region Food CHI Society

Contact: Mary Alice Johnson

Fête des semences Saint-Vallier

Samedi 28 Février 2015          9h00 à 16h30
L'école La Ruche, 364 rue principale
Saint-Vallier, QC

Fête des Semences de La Mauve

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Fête des semences Truro

Samedi 28 Février 2015          10 to 2
Truro Farmer’s Market, 15 Young St.
Truro, NS

Contact: Andrea Caven, Living Earth Council,

Fête des semences Regina

Samedi 28 Février 2015          10 to 2
St. Mary's Anglican Church
Regina, SK

Events will include a "Do Touch" table for the kids for tactile adventures with seeds; demonstrations on sprouting and making borscht; a clay project with Victor Cicansky, heirloom seed vendors, garden information from local garden organizations, Daily Bread Bistro with healthy, yummy meals made from recipes from Catherine Verrall's cookbook, "Every Bite Affects the World".

Fête des semences Fernie

Samedi 28 Février 2015          9 to 3
Fernie Community Centre
Fernie, BC

SEED SWAP at the Annual Griz Days Craft Fair

Presented by members of the Fernie Community EcoGarden. We will have seeds to swap and share, information about seed saving, biodiversity, and achieving food security in the Elk Valley. A welcome and timely opportunity for winter-weary gardeners to get together and chat about our favourite activity!

Contact: or Mary 250-430-2117.

Fête des semences Penticton

Samedi 28 Février 2015          10 to 2
Community Room of Okanagan College
Penticton, BC

Our 10th Annual Seedy Saturday There will be workshops and guest speakers, and free parking. There will be vendors selling organic seeds, bedding plants, perennials, honey, eggs and local produce.

Contact: Laurel Burnham 250.492.7717

Fête des semences Vancouver

Samedi 28 Février 2015          10 to 4
VanDusen Botanical Garden, Floral Hall, 37th & Oak St
Vancouver, BC

Sponsored by Vancouver Master Gardeners

Seed and Plant Vendors, Free Lectures, Display & Information Booths,

Used Books Sale, Food and Kids Activities

- Keynote Speaker – Sharon Hanna, Author of ‘Book of Kale’

Admission at Door by Donation, which goes to Seeds of Diversity

Free Parking

Contact: Lynne Chrismas ; 604-786-5317

Fête des semences Hamilton

Samedi 28 Février 2015          10- 3
Pioneer Memorial Church, 1974 King St E
Hamilton, ON

Fête des semences Nanaimo

Dimanche 1 Mars 2015          10 to 3
Nanaimo District Secondary School, 355 Wakesiah
Nanaimo, BC

Join Us for Nanaimo’s Spring Seed & Garden Show!

Admission: $3.00
• Seed exchange
• 6 free workshops included in admission
• 70 +Exhibitors -Want to exhibit? Contact us at
• Local, BC, open-pollinated, organic and natural seeds for sale
• Seedlings, plants, small fruits, succulents for sale
• Displays
• Garden & food products
• Fertilizers
• Kids’ activities
• Master Gardeners
• Seedy Cafe
Seed Swap
The Seed Swap is the core of our Seedy Sunday event. Bring any extra saved seeds for vegetables and flowers to swap. The swap table is always busy and full of different varieties of seed for you to take home and try growing this spring!

Gardening workshops:
Room # Time Topic Instructor Duration
1 10:30 How to get your backyard started with Mason Bees Rose McCully of J&R Farm 1 hour
1 12:00 Growing and Harvesting Herbs Sunshine Goldsberry 1 hour
1 1:30 Organic Composting with Bokashi Matt Jones 1 hour
2 11:00 Seeds 101-Intro to Seed Saving Connie Kuramoto 1 hour
2 12:00 Seed cleaning Demo Jen Cody 20 minutes
2 12:30 Getting to Know you G.E Seeds Jen Cody 1 hour
2 1:30 Seed cleaning Demo Jen Cody 20 minutes
2 2:00 How to Choose Seeds –Seed tips for backyard gardeners Craig Evans & Jen Cody 1 hour

Contact: Glenda 250-618-6323 or

Fête des semences Québec

Dimanche 1 Mars 2015          10h à 16h30
Pavillon Alphonse-Desjardins, Université Laval, 2325, rue de l’Université
Québec, QC

Le Réseau d'agriculture urbaine de Québec, et le porte-parole de l’événement, Stéphane Modat, chef au Château Frontenac, vous invitent à la 6ᵉ édition de la Fête des semences et de l’agriculture urbaine de Québec.

Cette année l’événement se déroulera sous le thème « Faire germer l’artisan en nous ». Quinze conférences et une quarantaine d’exposants donneront le goût aux citoyen(ne)s de cultiver des aliments, que ce soit en pot, dans un potager domestique, sur un toit ou dans un jardin communautaire. Plusieurs artisans semenciers proposeront une panoplie de semences rares, patrimoniales et biologiques.

Une salle de l’artisan fera découvrir l’autoconstruction de matériel pour le jardin. S’y tiendra aussi un échange de semences. Plusieurs activités pour enfants sont prévues. Possibilité de casser la croûte sur place. Entrée gratuite – contribution volontaire !

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Fête des semences Peterborough

Dimanche 1 Mars 2015          1 to 5
George St United Church, 534 George St N
Peterborough, ON

Contact: Jill Bishop

Fête des semences Cornwall

Dimanche 1 Mars 2015          11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Agapè Centre, 40 Fifth Street West
Cornwall, ON

In partnership with Transitions Cornwall
Share, swap and buy seeds. Exhibitions and presentations.
Soup, baked goods, and refreshments.

Admission is free. Donation to support the Agapè Centre & Seeds of Diversity appreciated.

Contact: 613.938.9297 x:23

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Fête des semences Moose Jaw

Dimanche 1 Mars 2015          1 to 4
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 59,268 High St West
Moose Jaw, SK

Fête des semences Kimberley

Dimanche 1 Mars 2015          10 to 2
Kimberley Library
Kimberley, ON

Seed Saving Workshop at 1 pm.

Sustainable Food Systems Dialogues: Speaker Series ~ PATRICK RITTINGER

Dimanche 1 Mars 2015          1:30-2:30pm
Kitchener, ON


Patrick Rittinger, Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate Institute

KCI's Green Industries Program provides opportunities for students to practice balancing aesthetic appeal with environmental concerns for green spaces that provide beauty and relaxation without sacrificing sustainability. A brief summary of the program will discuss how students landscape and maintain the school property while also practicing urban agriculture and environmentally sustainable methods.


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Sustainable Food Systems Dialogues: Speaker Series ~ RACHAEL WARD

Dimanche 1 Mars 2015          1:30-2:30pm
Kitchener, ON


Rachael Ward, Baileys Local Foods

It's easy to be excited about food when you know where it comes from. Eating local food is easy, delicious, and will have profound positive effects on the health of our bodies, our air, farmers’ livelihoods, and our local economy.


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Sustainable Food Systems Dialogues: Speaker Series ~ COURT DESAUTELS

Dimanche 1 Mars 2015          1:30-2:30pm
Kitchener, ON


Court Desautels, Group Leader and C.O.O., Neighbourhood Group of Companies

Court will discuss the varied ways in which his restaurants strive to integrate food philosophies into all purchasing habits. Sourcing local ingredients that are sustainably produced is high on that list of philosophies. Ever mindful of the waste produced, Court is constantly seeking ways to minimize, re-purpose, or transform that waste, so that the cycle of food production and consumption begins anew.


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Fête des semences Slocan Valley

Dimanche 1 Mars 2015          1 to 4
Slocan Park Hall
Slocan Valley, BC


Fête des semences Enderby

Samedi 7 Mars 2015          10 to 3
MV Beattie Elementary School on Knight Avenue
Enderby, BC

21st Annual Shuswap Seed Swap and Natural Living Fair
Multiple seed vendors, Produce, Natural Health care products, Local Meat and Cheese.
Food Court, Speakers children's activities and more
Admission $3 (Proceeds to the Harry and June Griswold Scholarship Fund)

Contact: Sue Moret, 778 443 0035 or Sarah Bradshaw

Fête des semences London

Samedi 7 Mars 2015          10 to 3
Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre 656 Elizabeth Street
London, ON

Beat the Winter Blues and Prepare for Gardening Season:
• Seeds - many organic and unique varieties!
• Garden Products, Plants, Catalogues, Informational Exhibits
• Speakers and Demonstrations:

10:15am – Selecting & Starting Seeds
11:00am – Garden Facts, Fables & Fallacies
12:15pm – Gardens Don’t Have to be Thirsty
1:30pm – Gardening Year-Round in Southern Ontario

Only $5 admission and there’s something for everyone!
Shop, Swap Seeds, See demonstrations, Ask questions and receive expert advice …


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Fête des semences Comox Valley

Samedi 7 Mars 2015          10 to 3
Florence Filberg Centre
Comox Valley, BC

presented by Comox Valley Growers & Seed Savers
Theme: Preparing for Climate Change
Horticultural Trade Show, Community Seed Exchange, Speakers, Workshops, Children’s Activities, Seedy Cafe
$5.00; children under 12 free

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Fête des semences Richmond

Samedi 7 Mars 2015          10 to 1
Thompson Community Centre 5151 Granville Av
Richmond, BC

7th Annual Richmond Seedy Saturday

Fête des semences Ottawa

Samedi 7 Mars 2015          10 to 3
Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, Britannia Beach, 102 Greenview ave.
Ottawa, ON

(Take the bus # 16, stops at the door)
Calling All Gardeners!
Eager to get back in your garden?
This annual seed exchange and sale will feature an organic mini-market, garden talks and workshops, a swap table and organic snacks.
While your gardens sleep under their blanket of snow, why not come out for a visit?
Workshop seating is limited, so come early!
Free admission – free workshops

11:00 Growing Great Greens Dan Brisebois Daniel Brisebois
Ferme Coopérative

12:00 Perennial Edibles for Ottawa
Description: Not just trees and herbs, imagine a shade tolerant climbing spinach, a bunching perennial leek, a walking kale and a gourmet cole-asparagus that doubles as a stunner in the ornamental bed. Explore the possibilities with Telsing from Aster Lane Edibles on behalf of Canadian Organic Growers, local chapter.

13:00 Jim's Dirty Dozen: 12 vegetables you definitely should be growing in your garden!" Jim

14:00 Biodynamic Calendar Rosemary Taylor

Contact: Greta: 613-521-8648 or

Fête des semences Toronto (Parkdale)

Samedi 7 Mars 2015          11 to 3
Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Ave.
Toronto (Parkdale), ON

Organized by Toronto Urban Growers (TUG) and Greenest City. The venue is fully accessible. Pay-what-you-can.

Contact: Monique Kelemen 647.438.0038

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Fête des semences North Shore Vancouver

Samedi 7 Mars 2015          11 to 1
North Shore Neighbourhood House, 225 East 1st St
North Shore Vancouver, BC

Fête des semences Saskatoon

Samedi 7 Mars 2015          10 to 4
St Mary’s Wellness and Education Centre (327 Avenue N South)
Saskatoon, SK


Fête des semences Amherst

Samedi 7 Mars 2015          1 to 4
Amherst, NS

3rd Annual Seed Swap

Fête des semences Brampton

Samedi 7 Mars 2015          10 to 3
Century Garden Recreation Centre 340 Vodden Street East
Brampton, ON

2015 Third Annual “Seedy Saturday and Gardening Show”

The Brampton Horticultural Society is partnering again for the third year with the City of Brampton to host our “Seedy Saturday” and Gardening Show.

Once again admission is FREE

Fête des semences Sault Ste Marie

Samedi 7 Mars 2015          
Sault Ste Marie, ON

Fête des semences Pembroke

Dimanche 8 Mars 2015          10 to 3
Fellowes High School, 420 Bell Street
Pembroke, ON

Our 8th Annual Seedy Sunday in the Ottawa Valley! Free Admission. Come for an hour, stay for the day. It's a fun community event that inspires and supports sustainable living.

Explore the seeds and plants for sale, local food producers, environmental groups, and gardening presentations. Remember to bring your own seeds, plants or other gardening goods to exchange at the Swap Table. Enjoy the local lunch, local musicians, sharing knowledge, and meeting with friends. All new or experienced gardeners and local foodies will want to attend!

Contact: Claire Lepine, or 613-628-1836

Fête des semences Summerside

Dimanche 8 Mars 2015          2 to 4
Public Library
Summerside, PE

Fête des semences Perth

Dimanche 8 Mars 2015          10 to 3
Royal Canadian Legion
Perth, ON

Fête des semences Duncan

Dimanche 8 Mars 2015          10am-2pm
Cowichan Tribes Gymnasium Si'em Lelum, 5574 River Road
Duncan, BC

Admission is by donation ($2.00). This event will feature local seed vendors, live plant and garden vendors, a seed exchange, a series of garden workshops, kids’ activities, and community information booths.

Contact: 250-748-8506 or

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Fête des semences Sudbury

Dimanche 8 Mars 2015          10 to 3
Parkside Centre, 140 Durham St
Sudbury, ON


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Sustainable Food Systems Dialogues: Speaker Series ~ ADAM KRAMER

Dimanche 8 Mars 2015          1:30-2:30pm
THEMUSEUM 10 King Street West, Kitchener ON ~ Also 41 Duke Street West, a parking garage attached to THEMUSEUM with direct access from 1st parking level and FREE parking on Sundays. Dialogues are free
Kitchener, ON


Adam Kramer, Hacienda Sarria Market Garden

Adam will profile the Working Centre's Urban Agriculture Projects, paying particular attention to community building values. These volunteer driven community enterprises strive to demonstrate, promote, and share knowledge about sustainable urban food production.


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Sustainable Food Systems Dialogues: Speaker Series ~ KIRISTA LONG

Dimanche 8 Mars 2015          1:30-2:30pm
THEMUSEUM 10 King Street West, Kitchener ON ~ Also 41 Duke Street West, a parking garage attached to THEMUSEUM with direct access from 1st parking level and FREE parking on Sundays. Dialogues are free
Kitchener, ON


Krista Long, Waterloo Region Food System Round Table

Krista from the Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable will describe the campaign to get councilors in Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo to commit to developing more supportive policies for community gardens and temporary farmers’ markets. The presentation will highlight the benefits of these local food initiatives, the challenges they have faced in the past, and how the campaign tried to get candidates for city councils to commit to addressing the challenges through by-law changes.


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Fête des semences Yorkton

Samedi 14 Mars 2015          12:30 to 4
Yorkdale Central Public School, 273 Gladstone Av S
Yorkton, SK

Speakers at 1, 2, 3pm
Speakers this year will be Rachelle Ternier on 'non-gmo heirloom seed', Laureen LaBrash on 'Cooking with Beans', and either Rob Tress on Vermicomposting or Paula Johnstone-Whitehawk with a 'Water Ceremony'....not neccessarily in that order...
New kid's area and live music!

Fête des semences Kingston

Samedi 14 Mars 2015          
Kingston, ON

New, larger location: LCVI

Contact: Cate

Fête des semences Toronto (Central)

Samedi 14 Mars 2015          
Scadding Court
Toronto (Central), ON

Contact: Herman Ellis

Fête des semences Powell River

Samedi 14 Mars 2015          9:30 to 2:30
Powell River Recreation Complex
Powell River, BC

10th Annual Seedy Saturday

Come swap seeds, tubers, books and magazines!
Stay for the 8 workshops, 30 seed vendors and community information tables.
Our family-friendly event includes children’s activities, delicious food and beverages, Silent Auction, Garden Cart raffle and more. Admission is $2 for adults. Children under 12 admitted free.

Contact: Wendy Devlin

Fête des semences Stoney Plain

Samedi 14 Mars 2015          10 to 3
Stoney Plain, AB

The Multicultural Heritage Centre is hosting their second Seedy Saturday.

Contact: Linda Willis 780 963-2777

Fête des semences Lillooet

Samedi 14 Mars 2015          9 to 5
St. Andrews's Church, 577 Main Street
Lillooet, BC

Seed Swap & Sales 9:00-2:00 Admission $2 or what you can afford.
A family event to celebrate the beginning of a new growing season with seed tables, displays, and kids' corner. You can bring seeds to share and/or clean with our winnower!

What's Growing On in Lillooet...One Year Later 2:30-5:00
Join us in the afternoon for a series of informal presentations and discussion with local growers and want-to-be growers.

Contact: Angela ; 250-256-0470

Fête des semences Cobble Hill

Samedi 14 Mars 2015          10 to 3
Cobble Hill Hall, 3550 Watson Av
Cobble Hill, BC

Featuring: Community Seed Swap - exchange or buy seeds
Vendors of organic and heritage seeds. Local plant growers. Organic fertilizers and gardening gizmos. Children's area. Homemade snacks and goodies.

Sponsored by the Shawnigan Cobble Hill Farmers Institute


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Fête des semences Kelowna

Samedi 14 Mars 2015          10 to 3
Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Rd. Kelowna,V1Y 4X8 in the Atrium
Kelowna, BC

Fee: $2.00
Come to buy, sell and trade seeds. The sale includes certified organic, rare, unusual, open pollinated and heritage seeds. Get plants and ideas. Attend a gardening info session. Build your gardening network, while having a bite to eat with other garden enthusiasts. While at the swap, visit the World Community Film Festival at the College Theatre.

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Fête des semences Abbotsford

Samedi 14 Mars 2015          10 to 2
Fraser Valley Conservancy, 44 60 Bradnor Rd
Abbotsford, BC

10:00 Chicken Manure Seminar (and other fertilizers), hosted by Kayla Feenstra of Dragonlily Gardens
10:30 All about Seedlings Hosted by Chris Billion from One Love Farm
11:00 Seed Saving Seminar, hosted by David Catzel of Glorious Organics Cooperative
12:00 Potluck
1:00 Door prize draw

Contact: 604-855-2624 604.855.2624.

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Fête des semences St. Catherines

Dimanche 15 Mars 2015          9:30 to 3:30
Centre for Older Adults, 80 Dunlop Dr.
St. Catherines, ON

We have booked two rooms—A very large Gym for vendors and a separate smaller room with a stage and sound system for guest speakers.

There are no stairs and has easy access for vendors and the public. Lots of parking.

Contact: Sandy Martin 905 688-5882,

Fête des semences Estevan

Dimanche 15 Mars 2015          1 to 4
Public Library, 701 Souris Av
Estevan, SK

Fête des semences Kamloops

Samedi 21 Mars 2015          10 to 2
TRU Grand Hall
Kamloops, BC

Theme: Anything to do with Gardening
Seeds, Seedlings, Produce, Preserves, Community Seed exchange and Plant Exchange
Master Gardeners on site, Educational Program will include Starting Seeds, Soil Fertility, Community Gardens
Door Prizes, Healthy food available for snacks and lunch.
$1.00 entrance cost, No charge for Seniors, Students or those who present a Transit Pass


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Fête des semences Calgary

Samedi 21 Mars 2015          10 to 3
Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Centre, 1320 - 5 Avenue NW
Calgary, AB

$2 admission (we accept Calgary Dollars)
Come get your seeds and advice from over 50 exhibitors and vendors from across Western Canada, participate in the seed exchange table, attend presentations throughout the day, play at the kids table, eat delicious food and more! Information can be found on our website or Facebook.

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Fête des semences Grand Forks

Samedi 21 Mars 2015          10-2
Anglican Church, 7252 7th St
Grand Forks, BC

Our event will be followed by the Grand Forks and Boundary Agricultural Society AGM, from 3- 6 We will be doing a pot luck for the AGM and a lunch will be available during the seed event.

vendors welcome but space is very limited

Contact: Sheila Dobie

Fête des semences Red Deer

Samedi 21 Mars 2015          10 to 5:30
Red Deer College - Forum & Margaret Parsons Theatre
Red Deer, AB

EcoLiving Fair + Workshops & Seedy Saturday

Features: seed swap table and community seed bank, hourly workshops on green living, marketplace / green trade show, kids corner, prizes and more!

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Fête des semences Toronto (Central)

Dimanche 22 Mars 2015          
Brick Works, 550 Bayview Av
Toronto (Central), ON

Contact: Ryan 416.596.1495 ext 243

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Fête des semences South Etobicoke

Dimanche 22 Mars 2015          10:30 to 3
Franklin Horner Community Centre 432 Horner Avenue
South Etobicoke, ON

Contact: Monika Meulman

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Fête des semences Edmonton

Dimanche 22 Mars 2015          
Edmonton, AB

Fête des semences Scarborough

Samedi 28 Mars 2015          11 to 4
Blessed Cardinal Newman High School, 100 Brimley Rd S
Scarborough, ON


Learn how to live more sustainably, exchange seeds with other seed savers, buy heirloom and organic seeds or join a workshop on sprouting, soil and composting and more . Then stop by one of our local garden clubs’ tables and ask an expert!

This day promises to be fun for everyone. Over 50 tables will include heirloom seed vendors, green exhibits, bee products, worm composting, backyard gardening, garden associations and regional organizations. Returning favourites include Urban Harvest, Matchbox Gardens, Cubits Organics, The Bee Shop, LEAF, the TRCA and Rouge Park .

Be a steward and bring in your used electronics for recycling! And there will be kids events too brought to you by BEAT from Norman Bethune high School.

The Fair is hosted by the Stewards of the Earth at St. Agatha Catholic School, the Treehuggers at Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic High School and Seeds of Diversity.


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Fête des semences Robert's Creek

Samedi 28 Mars 2015          
Robert's Creek, BC

Fête des semences Port Alberni

Samedi 28 Mars 2015          10 to 2
Arrowvale Campground/Collins Farm, 5955 Hector Rd
Port Alberni, BC

(Details to follow)

Contact: Ann or Bob Collins 250 723-7948

Fête des semences Lindsay

Samedi 28 Mars 2015          10 to 3
35 Lindsay St. S. -Queen Street United Church
Lindsay, ON

Hosted by Lindsay & District Master Gardeners

*ample parking available
*there will be community groups along with the vendors; as well there will be a loonie draw on garden-related items
*admission --voluntary donation to our group
*charge for space for any for-profit organizations - $25

Contact: Jamie Morris )

Fête des semences North Battlefield

Samedi 28 Mars 2015          
North Battlefield, SK

Fête des semences Guelph

Samedi 28 Mars 2015          10 to 4
St. George’s Church, Mitchell Hall 99 Woolwich St
Guelph, ON

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Fête des semences Surrey

Samedi 11 Avril 2015          11 to 3
Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Rd
Surrey, BC

Our event will include a seed exchange and seed and plant sale as well as tours of our heritage site and buildings, and crafts and activities for kids.

Contact: Jerrilin Spence,, 604 591-4798

Fête des semences Bruce County

Samedi 11 Avril 2015          
Bruce County Libraries
Bruce County, ON

Fête des semences Wolfville

Samedi 11 Avril 2015          8:30 to 1
Wolfville Farmers' Market
Wolfville, NS

There is good reason to celebrate seeds as they give us so many daily gifts. Our abundant local harvests began with a simple seed planted in the rich valley soil.

Join us for a fun filled Market day full of Seeds, Plants, Art, Speakers offering up tools and tricks for transplanting and growing, discussions on seed diversity and the value of seed saving. Kid’s of all ages are invited to an interactive seed game that includes seed identification. There is something for everyone, whether you have a green thumb, are just learning or are a seasoned veteran and you have a chance to win a basket of seed goodies! Be sure to bring your seeds to swap at the Community Seed Exchange Table and sign the Right to Save Seeds Petition…….everything starts with a seed!

Fête des semences Clearwater

Samedi 11 Avril 2015          10 to 2
Clearwater Ski Hill Chalet
Clearwater, BC

9th Annual

Sponsored by the Clearwater Farmers Market

Fête des semences Quinte West

Samedi 11 Avril 2015          10 to 2
Murray Centennial Public School 654 County Rd 40 Trenton
Quinte West, ON

Free admission to the public. Featuring a seed exchange table and many local vendors of open-pollinated and heritage seeds, along with other organic, horticultural and ecological items.

Contact: Colleen O'Reilly 613-475-6139

Fête des semences Burlington, Halton

Samedi 18 Avril 2015          10 to 4
Burlington Central Library, 2331 New Street
Burlington, Halton, ON

The Burlington Public Library invites you to celebrate and protect the planet at BPL EarthFest 2015.

FREE! · Get ready to dig into spring with a free community seed exchange
· Visit the pop up market to pick up seeds, plants and other food, garden and eco friendly products
· Listen to a real organic farmer talk about innovative veggies to grow
· See striking eco art displays
· Learn sustainability tips at entertaining workshops
· Meet local author Tiffany Mayer (Eating Niagara) and listen as she speaks about her new book Niagara Food: A Flavourful History of the Peninsula's Bounty
· Entertain the kids with fun earth friendly activities
· Find out about volunteer opportunities and more with local environment and food security agencies

This event is organized in partnership with the Halton Food Council, City of Burlington Community Gardens and Burlington Public Library.

Contact: 905-639-3611,

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Fête des semences Lethbridge

Samedi 18 Avril 2015          10 to 5
CASA, 230 8 Street S
Lethbridge, AB

Cosponsored by Heart of Downtown & Lethbridge Seed Swap

Fête des semences Prince Albert

Samedi 25 Avril 2015          9 to 5
Prince Albert, SK

Sponsored by Council of Canadians and John M. Cuelenaere Public Library

open pollinated seeds, displays, presentation of soil health by Cindy Nikolaison

children’s activities, movies, food and music

Contact: Rene at 960-6892

Fête des semences Langley

Dimanche 10 Mai 2015          12 to 3
Langley Demonstration Garden in the Derek Double Day Arboretum, Fraser Highway
Langley, BC

Contact: or 604-546-0337

Seeds of Diversity 20th Annual AGM

Dimanche 15 Novembre 2015          1 pm to 3:30
Waterloo Region Museum, 10 Huron Rd.
Kitchener, ON

Join board, staff and other members at our Annual AGM, this year being held in Kitchener. All are welcome, and members get in free. Otherwise, admission $5.

Enjoy bidding on our many silent auction items, great for Christmas gifts! Or gifting to yourself! They range from free admissions, to seed kits, to restaurant and store certificates and baskets.

Special guest speaker is well-known garden writer Lorraine Johnson. In the more than 15 years that Lorraine has been writing books and articles, she has become known for her unconventional outlook on the world of gardening. Advocating for organics in the days when synthetic chemicals ruled, writing about native plants before most people had heard the term, promoting community gardening when politicians were wary of involving people in parks, profiling guerrilla gardens when the idea still sounded vaguely dangerous, Lorraine has always written about marginal subjects on their way to becoming mainstream.

Not easily pigeon-holed, her work is often about the surprising corners where the impulse to nurture and sustain growth intersects with the human need to cultivate meaningful connections—with the earth and with each other. She views gardening as a strenuous conversation with the planet—indeed, as one of the most transformative ways to find our place in the world and what we want that world to be. She’s not afraid to include failures (her own, our own), along with hopes and dreams, in that conversation.

Lorraine’s writing career follows her passionate interests, and her more than 10 published books have covered a broad range of topics—from com- posting and native plant gardening to censorship and travel. Unabashedly an advocate, she has been promoting urban food production for decades not only in her writing but in her involvement with numerous community groups and organizations such as the Toronto Community Garden Network, Toronto Botanic Garden, the American Community Gardening Association, and others.
Lorraine lives in Toronto in a barn-shaped house with three chickens and two cats—and dreams of including a dwarf goat in her backyard.


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