Events & Learning Opportunities

SEEDY SATURDAY
| FEBRUARY 25, 2017, 1 – 4 pm
| Oliver Road Community Centre

Every year the local group 2B Seed Savers, with the assistance of Roots to Harvest, Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Superior Seed Producers, and Seeds of Diversity Canada, organizes a Seedy Saturday event in Thunder Bay.

Did you know that Seedy Saturdays began in Canada? It’s true! The first Seedy Saturday was held in the spring of 1990 at the VanDusen Botanical Conservatory in Vancouver, BC. The national non-profit organization Seeds of Diversity Canada hosts an online listing of Seedy Saturday events, and provides support for organizers.

See poster below for details on Thunder Bay’s Seedy Saturday on February 25, 2017.

2017-seedy-saturday-poster

 


PAST EVENTS


2016 Superior Seed Producers Educational Field Day
| August 22, 2016

Join members of the Superior Seed Producers (SSP) collective and Roots to Harvest for inspirational and informative tours of seed saver/producer gardens/farms in and near Thunder Bay. SSP members and community partners are committed to ecological farming practices and improving local seed security through experimentation, collaboration and lifelong learning.

FIELD DAY!

August 22nd 8 am – 9:30 pm
Join us for all or part of the tour

Please RSVP to let us know you are coming!
Lunch is provided!
RSVP ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED if you would like a seat on the mini-bus! Alternatively, you may use your own vehicle to drive to tour locations.

TO RSVP:
Use our cool Google form!
or: contact Roots to Harvest at 285-0189 or seeds@rootstoharvest.org

 


growing for SSP info nightINFO SESSION: GROWING FOR SUPERIOR SEED PRODUCERS
| MAY 17, 2016, 7 – 8:30 PM
| ROOTS TO HARVEST OFFICE
| 297 PARK AVE, 2ND FLOOR, THUNDER BAY

You are invited to a Superior Seed Producers Information Session!

This session is for people who may be interested in growing seed for the collective. You will learn about requirements and parameters, and what the benefits are. It is not a workshop on how to save seeds, but rather an information night to encourage new people to begin saving seeds with the collective.

You’ll enjoy a short presentation on what the Superior Seed Producer group is all about, and then learn about the standards and processes for saving seed in order to sell with the collective.

Please RSVP by 4:30 pm,  Friday, May 13th to let us know if we can expect you. You can email info@rootstoharvest.org, or call Roots to Harvest at 285-0189.


SEEDY SATURDAY
| FEBRUARY 27, 2016, 1 – 4 pm
| Oliver Road Community Centre

Seed Exchange 1-2 pm
Bring labelled packets of your own non-hybrid seeds to trade – sell packets for a penny – buy packets for a penny! We’ll bring the pennies. Seeds not exchanged by 2 pm will go up for sale for $1, proceeds towards next year’s event!

Workshop: Gardening Q & A  1:30-2:30 pm
Bring your questions to ask our panel of local gardening experts. What are the best seeds forbeginners? How to deal with bugs? Fungus?! Ask away!

Workshop: Intro to the Organic Approach  2:30-3:30 pm
Organic production is a holistic system that is sustainable and harmonious with the environment. Organic Vegetable Farmer Brendan Grant from Sleepy G Farm will introduce organic principles focusing on soil care, pest and weed control, allowable inputs and the organic certification process.

See displays by local gardeners throughout the event! Also, seeds for sale by local vendors. Yummy refreshments! Don’t miss it!

For more info, email Kim McGibbon at Kim.mcgibbon@tbdhu.ca

2016 Seedy Saturday Poster


 


SUPERIOR SEEDS CAFE & SOCIAL
| OCTOBER 24, 2015, 6:30 pm
| THE SWEET NORTH BAKERY

Join fellow gardeners and seed producers for a fun, informative and tasty evening! An open panel discussion will be followed by Q & A about seed saving. Special Guest Aaron Lyons from Hawthorn Farm in Palmerston, an enthusiastic seed-saving advocate, will fill us in with seed insights!

Treats from Sweet North!.

Don’t miss it!

Superior Seeds Cafe & Social poster

– click to enlarge –

Note: approval was not obtained for cash bar announced on the poster – but join the group if we pub crawl afterwards!


 

2015 Superior Seed Producers Educational Field Day
| August 13, 2015

Join members of the Superior Seed Producers (SSP) collective for inspirational and informative tours of four seed saver gardens/farms in the Thunder Bay Area. SSP members are committed to ecological farming practices and improving local seed security through experimentation, collaboration and lifelong learning.

FIELD DAY!

August 13th 10 am – 5 pm
Join us for all or part of the tour

Please RSVP to let us know you are coming!

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Roots to Harvest at 285.0189 or seeds@rootstoharvest.org

ITINERARY

 10 am: Gather at Roots to Harvest Garden:
Corner of Cornwall/Algoma, across from “The Growing Season”
~Introductions and Garden Tour~

Roots to Harvest is a small non-profit staffed by novice seed savers, learning through trial and error how to plant, save, clean and package seeds for SSP.  Roots to Harvest is currently growing out beans, carrots, spinach, bok choi and several flowers for seed.

11:30ish: Walk 3 blocks west to the Urban Farm of Lucie Lavoie and Ken Deacon  

Lucie and Ken have been growing food in the urban environment as part of a sustainable lifestyle for the past thirty years. They have also been saving some of their own seeds for decades. They will share techniques for maximizing production of food, and seed, in an urban backyard setting.

12:45ish: Meet at Roots to Harvest office
297 Park Ave, corner of Algoma, nearby
for refreshments/lunch (by donation)

Learn more about seed saving efforts locally, nationally and internationally through conversation and presentations from seed savers in person and by Skype.

2:00ish – travel (car pool?) to Root Cellar Gardens in South Gillies (40 minutes from T-Bay) for more on seed saving!

Root Cellar Gardens is a small vegetable-growing/selling business. Using organic practices (but not certified organic), and operating off the grid, Root Cellar Gardens looks to support local communities and ecosystems through its products and practices. The specific focus of Root Cellar Gardens is to encourage eating locally year-round by producing vegetables for both fresh eating and storage. Increasingly, seed saving is an important piece of their practices. Currently, previously saved seeds are being grown out, new crops are being grown for seed, and garden space is being shared with other producers for their seed plants.

3:30ish – travel (car pool?) to nearby Mile Hill Farms in South Gillies for an interesting field tour

Mile Hill Farms is a family-run farm that grows and sells vegetables that are grown for summer eating, and winter storage. The farm follows organic principles in our food production, but is not currently certified organic. The farm also produces hay and grain (barley, wheat, oats, and buckwheat). The grains are used for green manures in soil preparation, and for animal feed. There is a small herd of beef cattle, and two dairy goats. The family at Mile Hill Farm saves seed for themselves, and is very excited to be producing seed for local use in Thunder Bay and area.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Roots to Harvest at 285.0189 or seeds@rootstoharvest.org


 

 

SEEDY SUNDAY 2015

2015 Seedy Sunday Poster

– Click to enlarge –

Seedy Sunday Seed Swap & Sale!

Sunday, March 8, 1-4 pm
Baggage Building in Marina Park

Seed Exchange & Sale
Seed Exchange “Rules”: Bring labelled packets of your own non-hybrid seeds to trade – sell packets for a penny – buy packets for a penny! We’ll bring the pennies. Seeds not traded will be put up for sale for $1 at 2pm – proceeds towards next year’s event!

WORKSHOPS IN ADJACENT MARINERS’ HALL

3-4 pm: Seed Cleaning Gadgets & Learnings

The Roots to Harvest “Academic Year Program” Team
demonstrates seed cleaning techniques and tools,
and “shares the learnings”!

See displays by local gardeners throughout the event!

Also, seeds for sale by local vendors.

Yummy refreshments! Don’t miss it!

For more info, email JoAnne at henderslu@yahoo.ca



Workshop: Growing Vegetable Seed in Northern Ontario
| August 14, 2014

seed-wkshp

For those of you interested in local agriculture, gardening, seed-saving etc., on August 14, 2014 we have a unique opportunity to get together and learn more about seed saving in Northern Ontario. Sponsored by the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security and Everdale Farm, the day will consist of afternoon and evening sessions devoted to learning about seed saving.

You may opt in to one or both of the afternoon and evening sessions:

AFTERNOON: (11:30am – 3 pm) -Spend the afternoon at Roots to Harvest in Thunder Bay, learning seed saving basics.

EVENING: (5:30 – 9 pm) The evening session is a farm tour at Mile Hill Farms. in South Gillies, where you will see seed trial plots in action and learn more about local agriculture.

It promises to be a great day of learning and networking!

Advertisements