Our 14th Seedy Saturday in Mississauga!
It was another great success on February 24th, 2018 at the 14th annual Seedy Saturday at Unitarian Congregation on South Service Road. The event was co-hosted by the Mississauga Master Gardeners and Unitarian Congregation. There were different vendors and exhibitors including the Mississauga Food Bank and handmade cards with hand-pressed flowers along with information on community programs and others following the gardening and environmental theme. Kids could colour, try yoga, make a seed sphere and play games in the “Kids Korner”. Workshops were being run all day. Some of the classes included Urban Gardening Techniques, Woodland Gardens, Native Plants, Medicinal Weeds and First Nation Seeds and their Stories. For those who wanted to fill their empty tummies, there was a cafe run by church volunteers.
We welcome inspired, aspiring and experienced gardeners and seed savers, young and young-at-heart. Shake off the winter blahs and visit our exhibitor tables with dedicated community seed exchange centre, take in a gardening or environmentally-themed workshop, nourish yourself with tasty treats from our Cozy Café, and place a bid on our silent auction items. Anyone can bring seeds to share with others at our community seed exchange centre, and anyone can take some home.
Educational workshops are a main attraction for eager learners, with topics this year ranging from Native Plants to Celebrating Local Rivers to Gardening for Urban Dwellers. After taking in a workshop or two, come visit the Great Hall packed with exhibitors.
Bring the wee ones, and have them get garden inspired in the Kids Korner with Ecosource. Try hands-on activities such as making wildflower seed spheres and playing seed-veggie matching, or sit for storytelling and seed yoga. Activities are on-going through the day. Fill your belly with delicious treats and wholesome lunch from the Cozy Café. Take a chance at winning one of our silent auction by buying a ticket from our prize table.
A highlight this year is speaker Terrylynn Brant. Terryylynn is a Haudenosaunee Seedkeeper living in her traditional territory, Ohsweken, Six Nations and works to welcome settlers, original peoples and nature, in acts of reconciliation with seeds, gardens, the earth and each other through her Mohawk Seedkeeper Garden. Her talk Sacred Seeds will explore the connection to seed in the traditional and ceremonial world of this land’s original gardeners. We will then try and connect the relationship to the world of food today and how our responsibilities need to be in step with Mother Earth as we must move towards Global Food Security.
|9:30 – 10 am||The Riverwood Conservancy,
|Riverwood’s Forests: Our Woodland Gardens
|Find the similarities between gardens and natural areas, as Derek talks about how The Riverwood Conservancy tends to our natural areas to preserve both their ecological and aesthetic functions. Learn about Carolinian gardens, planting native wildflowers and perennials, and further educational opportunities in Riverwood’s Native Plant Propagation Program.
|10 – 11 am||Ecosource,
|Gardening for City Dwellers: Getting Creative with Urban Growing
|Join Ecosource in this hands-on workshop to learn about gardening in the city. We will cover basic gardening concepts, as well as square-foot gardening, vertical growing and succession planting. Participants will have a chance to start their own seedlings from organic seed. No previous gardening experience necessary!
|11 am – 12 pm||Susan Elliotson, R.H.||Medicinal Weeds in Your Garden
|Don’t curse the weeds! Learn from Susan Elliotson, Registered Herbalist, about the medicinal treasures in your weedy garden patch. See pictures of weeds in action, learn how to harvest, process and best use medicinal weeds. Susan will have herb teas for the audience to sample.
|12 – 1 pm||Mohawk Seedkeeper Garden, Terrylynn Brant
|This workshop will express concepts and ideas from the Haudenosaunee Seedkeepers. You will learn about the connection to seed in the traditional and ceremonial world of this land’s original gardeners. We will then try and connect the relationship to the world of food today and how our responsibilities need to be in step with Mother Earth as we must move towards Global Food Security.
|1-2 pm||Credit Valley Conservation, Melanie Kramer||Top Native Plants for Your Yard
|Learn how to add colour, diversity and curb appeal to your landscape with the top locally native plants that are right for your yard. Resources include detailed plant lists as well as design suggestions and ideas.
|2-2:30 pm||USC, Katie Breen||Seed Saving Around the World with USC
|Take a trip around the world with USC Canada! Learn from USC Canada’s Seeds of Survival program, which supports farmers and seed savers in 12 countries around the globe to secure their food sources and livelihoods, while preserving the agricultural biodiversity on which we all rely.
|2:30 – 3 pm||The Bee Shop,
|Update on City of Toronto Pollinator Protection Plan
|The City of Toronto is developing a Pollinator Protection Plan, elements of which include model pollinator gardens in City parks, reduced mowing practices, revitalization of hydro corridors, pesticide-free annuals, pollinator-friendly tree planting. An update and details of some of these proposed practices will be given.
|3 – 3:30 pm||Sierra Club, Thaia Jones||Let’s Celebrate our Rivers
|South Central Ontario is rich in water – our gardens, forests and farmlands depend on it! Last May the Ontario government added 21 streams and rivers along the north shore of Lake Ontario to the Ontario Greenbelt. Thaia will share info and scenic pics about these 21 rivers and how we can learn to visit, enjoy and preserve them.
Pick up your local and organic garden seeds from companies such as Urban Harvest and Hope Seeds, or find sharing seeds at our community seed exchange table. Get gardening advice from the Mississauga Master Gardeners, and check out the world of worm composting with Annelid Cycle. Natural products from The Bee Shop’s local honey and bee products are a treat, along with upcycled leather, canvas and coffee bag goods from Avani Creations. Here is the list of our exhibitors:
|CITY OF MISSISSAUGA – ENVIRONMENT DIVISION|
|CREDIT VALLEY CONSERVATION|
|HALTON ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORK|
|MISSISSAUGA FOOD BANK|
|MISSISSAUGA MASTER GARDENERS|
|MOHAWK SEEDKEEPERS GARDEN|
|MOUNTAIN GROVE SEED COMPANY|
|PCR SOLUTIONS – ECO EGG|
|PORT CREDIT SEED LENDING LIBRARY|
|SEEDS OF DIVERSITY CANADA|
|SIERRA CLUB PEEL GROUP|
|THE BEE SHOP|
|THE RIVERWOOD CONSERVANCY|
|YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS|
Seedy Saturday will definitely get your gardening boots walking, and help bring in Spring!
“Seed” you there!