Kingston Seedy Saturday workshops:
10-11 am: Seeding Rad Kids (English) -Kids, bring your adults along for some fun seedy activities with Rad Kids Farm Camp host Marie Bencze!
11:15-12:15 pm: Seed Saving 101 (Bilingual) – with Seed Saver Annie Richard. The main presentation on basic seed production will be in English, but Annie will give lots of time for questions and have resources available in French.
1-2 pm: Biennials and Beyond (English) -Ready to go up a level and try some of the more difficult seed crops? Can’t live without your grandma’s beet variety and can’t buy it in stores? An expert panel will share their successes with crossers, biennials and other tricky crops.
Ateliers a la Fete des Semences Kingston:
10-11 am: “Seeding Rad Kids” (Anglais) -Enfants, apportez vos adultes pour des activites “semenciers” avec Marie Bencze!
11:15-12:15 pm: Comment Sauver des Semences 101 (Bilingue) – avec Annie Richard. La plupart de la presentation sera en anglais, mais il y aura beaucoup de temps pour poser des questions en francais et des resources seront disponible en francais aussi.
1-2 pm: Bisennuels et plus (Anglais) – Des producteurs experts expliquerons comment obtenir des semences de varieties plus difficiles a cultivar, comme les carottes, les betteraves et le mais.
Upcoming event through the EFAO (Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario)
On-Farm Workshop: Developing New Varieties for Organic Market GardensThursday August 25, 2016 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Location: Patchwork Gardens, 4649 Milburn Rd, K0H 1H0 City/Town: Battersea – East Region
Offered in partnership with The Bauta Family Initiative on Family Seed Security
How do we develop varieties for vegetable growers that are regionally-adapted, flavourful, nutritious, and unique? Dr. Michael Mazourek of Cornell University has been working on developing varieties that are suitable for organic production in the Northeast US, and we are so lucky to have him in Ontario to share breeding and varietal improvement techniques that you can apply on your farm. Learn from an incredibly passionate group of seed growers who are trying to develop an early maturing, blocky red bell pepper through participatory variety selection by improving lines from Cornell University’s organic pepper breeding program. This is a full day on-farm workshop that will equip you with all of the skills you need to start improving and developing varieties on your own farm.
Yay! Our popular spring event is back!
Kingston Seedy Saturday will include workshops on “How to Save your own Seeds”, “Permaculture 101″, and some seed saving for kids with Cheyenne Gertrude LaFleur!
March 12, same time and place as last year. Please bring seeds to swap with other seed savers, as the community seed table is the heart of our event-every year there are more and better quality home-grown seeds to swap and trade! Include information about your seeds such as name, type, year grown and a brief description.
The Heirloom Seed Sanctuary offers free ‘How To’ workshops at every stage of seed production. We encourage all interested gardeners to attend, irrespective of whether they are volunteering with the Seeds Grow Food project.
Please confirm the schedule at: Heirloom Seed Sanctuary Workshops as we do not organize these workshops ourselves.
Workshops are held at the barn behind the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul motherhouse at 1200 Princess St., in Kingston. (Follow the road around the left side of the motherhouse to the very back parking lot, where there is a white building on the left. Park and walk to the barn, which is set back on the left side behind a row of trees.)
Workshops are led by professional horticulturalist and trainer Cate Henderson. Workshops are free, though donations help support the program.