10 AM – 2 PM


The new location — Cooke’s-Portsmouth United Church, at 200 Norman Rogers Drive, Kingston (in the Calvin Park neighbourhood), is accessible, and has more space and more parking than last year.

10 am -10:30 pm:  Words of welcome and we will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Seed Rematriation 

10:30 am – 1:45 pm:  Seeds will be available from the Seed Swap Table and vendors

The event will feature the popular seed swap table — so bring your packages of saved seeds, labelled with variety, year harvested, number of seeds in the packet and any other information that could be helpful to other gardeners. We have been asked how many seeds to put in each packet. It might be helpful for you to make that decision based on how many seeds you would like to receive if you wanted to grow them out. Or just go with 20-30? Or more if it’s lettuce 🙂

 Other features include:

  • seeds, information and displays by Ratinenhayénthos and the Kenhteke Seed Sanctuary and Learning Centre from Tyendinaga  and KASSI.  Seeds from both organizations will be available by donation
  • local seed vendors (Bear Root Gardens and Kitchen Table Seed House and others) will have their seeds available for purchase
  • gardening Information and advice from Thousand Island Master Gardeners and Gardening Kingston
  • coffee/tea and cookies will be available for purchase:  provided by Bloom Skills Centre
  • informal teaching and learning circles throughout the day
    • 11:00-11:30 am:  Seed Saving 101 with Cate Henderson
    • 12:00-12:30 pm :  State of Seeds:  a panel discussion that will explore what is happening locally, nationally and internationally
    • 1:00-1:30 pm:  Starting Seeds with Ease with the 1000 Island Master Gardeners

1:45 Closing


KASSI (the Kingston Area Seed System Initiative ) is a non-profit organization committed to increasing regional climate resilience by:

  • building a community of confident, enthusiastic and skilled seed savers 
  • growing and sharing locally adapted, non-hybrid/non-GMO, open-pollinated seeds from the KASSI Living Seed Commons
  • supporting the development of a vibrant sustainable network of local ecological growers producing local food and local seed that can be legally grown, saved and shared

Local seed is the foundation of local food systems. The simple act of seed saving is a way to connect with your food and your community.  It is also a major act of resistance and social empowerment. 

The ideal of SEED SOVEREIGNTY firmly plants seed saving and seed stewardship in the realm of fundamental human rights. It is the freedom to save seed and determine the foundation on which our food system rests. With the current attacks of industry hitting at the heart of food sovereignty, the simple act of seed saving becomes a major act of resistance and social empowerment” (The Seed Ambassadors Project 2010)

Our work is made possible by KASSI Seed Guardians We are grateful for their vision and their  willingness to create a more sustainable future.   Join us today!

                             We trust that you find the peace and joy that comes from growing seeds and connecting with the Earth now and always