Kaidyn and mom Teresa Willman with Jasmine from Silver Cloud Farm are new to the area farmers.

Kaidyn and mom Teresa Willman with Jasmine from Silver Cloud Farm are new to the area farmers.

Seedy Saturday in Sooke

Farmers, growers, gardeners get together to swap and share

  • Feb. 22, 2012 8:00 a.m.

As you may be aware, early every growing season gardeners around the world get together at their local Seedy Saturday’s to buy and swap seeds and plant starts.  It is a place for inspiration and learning — to hear about local growing techniques and to share our plant plans for this year even as the buds start showing on the salmonberries.

In Sooke it is a great opportunity to meet growers who produce seeds specific to our climate and soils, and learn how we can contribute to regional food security by growing our own food, keeping chickens, and raising meat. Sooke Seedy Saturday, an initiative of the Sooke Region Food CHI, is a chance to support one of the agricultural centres feeding the south island.  Take a day-trip up the coast to get inspired, buy local, and visit some of our spectacular beaches!

Seedy Saturday also connects the public with community food projects including the Children’s Garden club, Sunriver Allotment Garden and the Ladybug T’Sou-ke Nation Garden.  It is also a time to remember how our food systems are connected with the natural world with non-profits and sooke producers sharing information on local pollinators and ecosystems.

Visitors can purchase an amazing array of local food products from early season veggies to sea salt, wildcrafted mushrooms and sooke-made granola and preserves.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sooke Community Hall, in the heart of Sooke — just follow the signs!

Entrance is by donation with proceeds funding this and future seedy events.

For more information or to volunteer, contact our Seedy Saturday Coordinator Jen King at seedysaturday@gmail.com or call 250-642-5233

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