Seedy Saturday 2021 ~ A Very Seedy Exchange happening March 13th!
Introducing A Very Seedy Exchange!
History of The SSM Hort Society Seedy Saturday
Seed swapping events originally beginning as friendly swaps amongst meeting members. They grew to gala affairs complete with not only swapped seeds but also new seed suppliers formerly unavailable to our area, informative presentations, a variety of vendors and exhibits. An eager, resourceful bright light, Suzanne Hanna, was the driving force who spear-headed this evolvement and opened many up to the importance of Seed Diversity. Swapping seeds helps promote biodiversity, preserve plant varieties, and supports local growing and food security. It is an effort to support a more diverse and resilient local food supply. It is also a fun way to share seeds, promote gardening interest and concepts and, well, give a scratch to the gardening itch that we northerners feel this time of year.
Many have asked our society about a Seedy Saturday seed swap event in 2021. After much discussion we decided there is a way to have a Seedy Saturday seed swap event! NOT like in past years, but as safe a way as we can manage! ~ Andrea Aubertin
A Very Seedy Exchange you say?
Many gardeners have saved seed, or have excess seed they would love to share…and possibly try a variety or two of something else they don’t currently have seeds for. This exchange will provide an opportunity for seeds finding new homes and like-minded gardeners connecting and sharing.
Scheduling, Dropping off and picking up, COVID safety-style! 🙂
Who can participate?
Seed swapping is for everyone! No matter if they’re experienced seed savers who want to expand their collections, or a new gardener who wants to try growing from seed. We want to continue what we have developed over the years, a connection amongst a community of gardeners and the importance of seed diversity!
Do you have Seeds to Swap? YES! Let’s Get Started 🙂
- Make a list of seeds you have to swap.
- Start making your packets. Use small baggies, envelopes, folded and sealed paper packets, whatever!
- The easiest way to do this is to package them up with number of seeds according to size.
– Larger seeds (eg. peas, beans, sunflower, nasturtiums – 8-10 per package.
– Medium sized seeds like turnips, calendula, cucumber, beetroot) – 10-18 per package
– Small seeds (eg broccoli, lettuce, radish, columbine, marigold, peppers)– a generous pinch or two!(about 1/4 – 1/3 tsp.)
- Print or label on each packet what kind of seeds it contains, the variety if you know it, if it is an heirloom variety (or non-gmo, open pollinated, etc.), the date it was purchased OR saved, colour, any planting or growing tips.
- What’s Next: Now that your seed packages are ready we will need your communication info 🙂 Place all in an envelope/baggie with your Name, Telephone #, Email address.
- The drop-off site: There will be a large blue tote by the front step at 535 MORIN ST. (Sault Ste. Marie). Dropped off packages will be retrieved OFTEN each day until the end date: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10th
- Note: Swappers will be called/emailed for their time slot choices. Please do not include invasive varieties or seeds older than 4 years old. Also, be aware some types remain viable only for a year in typical home storage (eg spinach, onion, leek, parsnip and celery) … package accordingly.
HAVE SEEDS BUT DON’T NEED SEEDS?
The Sault Ste. Marie Horticultural Society would gladly share them amongst others keen to try your seeds!
A Very Seedy Exchange SATURDAY, MARCH 13th, 2021
United Baptist Church
41 Malabar Drive, Sault Ste. Marie
The Sault Ste. Marie Horticultural Society will have 15-minute time slots scheduled for swappers first. Afterwards, slots will open for interested non-swappers – again in 5-person maximum, 15 minute slots.
There will be NO CHARGE for this Seedy Exchange Event!
NOTE: Maximum 5 people in at a time, COVID processes will apply. No mask, no entry!
For more information contact Rita West at 705-542-9813 or visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/ssmhort