UPDATE 2:40 P.M.
TRURO – Ericka Wicks knows that so much more can be done with land than growing grass.
“Land should be used for more than grass. We are amateur gardeners and we try to provide some of our own food,” said the Truro resident, referring to herself and her husband, while admiring booths at the sixth annual Seedy Saturday event in Truro on the weekend.
The gathering celebrated local food, farming and gardening and included interactive activities, vendors, seed-trading, free workshops and more.
It’s the fourth year Wicks has attended the event and believes the importance of such a gathering is vital to both individuals and the overall community.
“Food security is huge. We want to grow and share our food and it’s so much tastier” when it’s freshly grown, she said, adding she’s typically grown vegetables and herbs in her personal garden. She hopes to increase her green thumb skills by trying to grow grapes to produce wine. She’s also interested in building a greenhouse.
It’s that enthusiasm that Mark Austin loves to see. Austin was one of the co-ordinators of Seedy Saturday and was pleased that between 800 and 1,000 people participated in the event.
“There’s just such a buzz … there was an overflow at workshops and they ran out of food,” said Austin of the large attendance.
Upper Brookside’s Lana Chisholm has been attending Seedy Saturday events since they began in Truro.
“They are an excellent community event (and) it’s
very important to learn how to be sustainable … it
reduces reliance on big seed companies,” said Chisholm, adding, “I appreciate the commonality here. We are all here to support one cause.”
Truro’s Dan Johnston was also impressed with the gathering. It was the 23-year-old’s first time participating.
“As a young person it’s good to see networking opportunities and see other people in the industry,” said Johnston who owns Just Furniture, a local landscaping and furniture-making business. It’s his first year with the business, which he began after graduating Saint Mary’s University business program.
The uniqueness of Seedy Saturday, including trading seeds between young and old, was a highlight as well said Johnston.
Austin said there are plans to host the seventh annual Seedy Saturday in Truro next year.