Gardeners to unite at first annual Seedy Saturday

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Darren Lemieux, trader and market analyst at Simpson Seeds, stands with some lentils on Monday.

Keri Fox of Green Sister Gardens has been to Seedy Saturday events before. She thought it was time Moose Jaw had one.

“I’ve been to the Seedy Saturday in Regina and I’ve been to one in Saskatoon and they’re kind of popping up all over,” she said. “I’m a big gardener and I’m really passionate about food security and the heirloom and heritage seeds really are something that I think is important for us to preserve.”

More than 110 Seedy Saturday events take place across Canada. On Saturday, Moose Jaw will host its first annual one from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the upper room at the Moose Jaw Public Library. The event is free.

“It’s a community event and it’s just designed to bring together new and experienced gardeners,” said Fox. “This kind of gives them a space to share information in and participate in a seed exchange.

“They can exchange their own seeds with each other and then we’re also going to have a couple vendors that sell heirloom and heritage seeds as well. So they can purchase from them.”

Two vendors and five or six other displays will be at the event. Fox said members of the environment advisory committee, the South Central food network and the Yara Community Gardens will be in attendance.

At 2 p.m. speaker Rachelle Ternier from Prairie Garden Seeds will talk about some seed saving techniques. There will also be children’s activities and garden workshops and a rain barrel will be raffled off.

“It’s just for people who like to garden. Backyard gardeners have their own kind of thing going. I wouldn’t really say it’s necessarily a certain age group,” said Fox. “It’s good if we get a good mix because then we have people who could mentor, as well as people who are getting into it and looking for information on how to grow.”

The Seedy Saturday events in Saskatchewan are all held around the end of March and beginning of April.

“In Saskatchewan we have them a bit earlier maybe than some places just because a lot of people like to start their plants indoors,” said Fox. “We just want to get people out and together and drum up some interesting conversation.”

For more information, visit the Facebook page for the event called Moose Jaw Seedy Saturday.

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Public Library

Geographic location: Regina, Saskatoon, Canada Moose Jaw Saskatchewan Yara Community Gardens

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