Please join us for FOUR Seedy Saturdays via Zoom every Saturday in March at 1:00 pm. REGISTER HERE!
LET’S CELEBRATE OPEN-POLLINATED SEEDS AND THEIR STORIES: We will use part of our time together for a virtual seed swap where you tell us about the open-pollinated seeds in your care that you have to share- where they come from and anything else that a new caregiver needs to know to help them grow.
LET’S HELP THOSE OPEN-POLLINATED SEEDS FIND NEW HOMES: We will have a spreadsheet for each Seedy Saturday that will allow you to describe which open-pollinated seeds you have to share along with your contact information so that everyone can figure out how to make their own socially distanced exchange / porch pickups happen safely!
In the near future KASSI plans to create a simple, searchable database that everyone can access throughout the year to swap seeds – but for now these spreadsheets will help all of us bridge the gap.
LET’S LEARN: Seed saving and gardening experts will be available at every meeting to answer your gardening and seed saving questions. Seeds of Diversity is preparing webinars about a range of seedy issues. We will provide a link to a different talk each week that we can talk about.
LET’S CONNECT: We can create break-out rooms at each event so that people from different regions can get to know each other, gardening friends can get together to chat about gardening issues (how to outwit those pesky voles perhaps?) and anything else that tickles your fancy.
We anticipate that each Seedy Saturday will be exciting and different!
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AND YES- IN-PERSON SEEDY SATURDAY WILL RETURN AS SOON AS IT IS SAFE- HOPEFULLY IN 2022 BECAUSE IT TRULY IS ONE OF THE MOST WONDERFUL DAYS OF THE YEAR!
In-Person Seedy Saturday has been 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. It started as a small seed exchange on Wolfe Island in 2008 and has continued to grow!
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, preferably 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.