Suzanne Hanna recalls a story she heard from an old English farmer about when is the best time to plant your seeds, according to the story the Old English man says, you pull down your pants and sit on the ground in April, if it’s warm enough it’s time to plant. By the looks of things, we have a while yet to try that, but that didn’t stop hundreds of gardeners from buying and trading seeds at Seedy Saturday.
“It’s an event not a lot about flash as it is substance” Hanna told SaultOnline.com, ” we invite people who are passionate who want to keep learning about things , that want to share – so it’s a networking opportunity and to find out more about the community and what we have so there’s some best kept secrets in terms of what people may not be aware of”
The seed swap and trade now takes up the entire M wing at the Essar Hall, Sault Collage. “It’s a combination of presenters, exhibitors, demonstrators, we have something for everybody”
“There’s a lot of varieties here that are pass-a-long, from immigrants from that came to Canada years ago and they may have had seeds in the cuffs of their pants in the liners of the coats and they smuggled them into their new found home, a lot of those varieties have a history behind them and they also have – taste” Hanna said.
Only true seeds are featured at Seedy Saturday, one of several events like this across Canada. Hanna said they are quite picky of who can set up at the event, having to tie into the theme of the event and also for seed vendors that will grow in our climate.
“Seeds are only as good if they are shared” Hanna said, “so we provoke that with the seed exchange and it’s the highlight of any event like this”
Several workshops and presentations including an introduction to seed saving and regionally adapted seed production in Northern Ontario.
Hanna got her hands on some Winter Lettuce, “apparently you plant this in the fall before winter sets in and in the Spring it comes up before all other lettuces, it’s very tasty”
This year a special guest Michelle Smith from the Northwind Farm on Cape Breton Island through funding from the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security provided the workshops along with other speakers, Aabir Dey, Jim Tibbles, and Susan Richards all Algoma Community Garden Network members.