Seedy Saturday is held annually in Kingston, usually on the second Saturday of March . It is one of KASSI’s primary contact points with seed growers where we celebrate seeds with a fun community gathering in happy anticipation of the upcoming growing season.
The highlight of the day is always the seed swap table, where selection changes throughout the day as people bring in their treasured open-pollinated seeds to share with others. To participate in the swap, bring your locally-adapted, open-pollinated, genetically-diverse, organically-grown (!) seeds in envelopes or jars that are clearly labeled with the variety name and the date that the plant was grown.
There are presentations throughout the day about saving seeds and building a regional sustainable seed system. It’s a chance to network with other community groups, and to attend workshops on anything from composting to intellectual property rights. There are also many booths with seed vendors and people selling other interesting products!
The Kingston Seedy Saturday got its start on Wolfe Island in 2008 and is still going strong.
Seed Gardens KASSI grows out seeds to conserve and share in seed gardens in Kingston Community Gardens that are planted, tended, and harvested almost solely for the production of seed. Our start-up seeds are a generous gift and trust from the Heirloom Seed Sanctuary and other organic seed producers in the area.
Community Partnerships – We liaise with other regional organizations that are concerned about food sovereignty because we want to ensure that our respective efforts are complementary, and don’t result in an unnecessary duplication of work. Through our alliances, we increase the reach of all of our organizations, learn from each other, and create opportunities that one organization alone cannot achieve.
We look forward to working with Ratinenhayen:thos, another group of local seed keepers who accepted seeds from the Heirloom Seed Sanctuary when it closed in April 2019.
We provided Loving Spoonful’s Grow Project with seeds for their school gardens in 2018 and 2019. We are working together to help people of all ages learn how to be skilled seed savers.
Our allies include Loving Spoonful, the GROW project, Sydenham Street United Church, Kingston Unitarian Fellowship, Ontario Natural Foods Co-op, Sustainable Kingston and the National Farmers Union Local 316.
Presentations – Our topics for growers include basic plant life cycles and reproduction, and differences between growing food gardens and seed gardens. We would be happy to share our talks and presentations regarding issues surrounding seed conservation, sustainability and food sovereignty with any group that is interested in these topics.