TRURO – Embracing the history of seeds, taking advantage of trading opportunities and fostering intergenerational learning are only some of the reasons Seedy Saturday has become a hit in Truro.
Last year’s Seedy Saturday in Truro was a huge success. Hundreds of people of all ages participated in the seed-sharing event that also included demonstrations, networking and children’s activities. File photo
The seventh annual Seedy Saturday is scheduled for March 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For the first time the event, which will be hosted by the Living Earth Council, will take place at the Truro Farmers’ Market.
“About 300 people attended last year. It keeps getting more popular,” said Andrea Caven, the Living Earth Council’s chairwoman. “People love to come out to something in the middle of winter and their thoughts are starting to turn to gardening.”
Seedy Saturday offers the chance to buy and trade seeds, participate in workshops, exchange information, try local foods and soups, learn the history of various seeds directly from vendors, enjoy live music and a children’s corner.
“It’s an intergenerational event … it’s good to have the children plant their own seeds and know that food doesn’t grow on a store shelf,” said Caven.
She said there are “hundreds” of seeds that will be available at the event that come “from all over Canada.”
“Diversity is important for a healthy food system. We need to be able to respond and be resilient in difficult times … and our province is striving to be more self sufficient and sustainable so it’s good to know what is out there and be a part of it.”
There is no charge to attend and all ages are encouraged to check the event out.