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Seedy Saturday gets you feeling like spring again!

Gardeners and seed savers will be thinking of spring planting during next weekend’s ninth annual Seedy Saturday event.

Taking place Saturday, Feb. 24th in the gymnasium at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute (PECI), Seedy Saturday is a garden seed exchange that happens annually in communities country-wide.

Seedy Saturday gives community members the opportunity to pick up free locally-saved garden seeds to plant in the upcoming growing season.

Participants also have the chance to donate some of their own saved seeds for other community members to grow. The exchange happens around a large table where all varieties of vegetable, herb and flower seeds are made available throughout the day.

In addition, Seedy Saturday will feature many booths of interest including local heritage seed vendors, local farmers, food producers and artisans. Local garden and nature conservancy groups will have open information booths on gardening, seed saving and nature-related themes.

For those interested in learning more about growing and seed saving, presentations will be given throughout the day by local farmers and seed savers.

This year’s presentations kick off at 11 am with Bay Woodyard, of Honey Pie Hives & Herbals talking about ways to seed your lawn with wildflowers to attract pollinators.

Following that, at noon, Stacey Hubbs of the Edible Antiques seed company will offer some expert advice on “Seed Saving 101” for those looking to learn basic techniques.

At 1 pm, Tim Bakker, of Jubilee Forest Farm will talk about the methods his family has been using to create an organic sustainable forest garden on their land in Sophiasburgh.

Snacks, coffee and lunch will be available for purchase provided by the PEC Community Gardens Committee and PEC’s Food Not Bombs group.

There will also be a mini play and planting area for children on site. New raffle and door prizes will be added to this year’s event, compliments of the County Sustainability Group. The winner will take away a new composter to help turn food scraps and organic matter into healthy garden soil.

Everybody is welcome to attend between 10 am and 3 pm. Admission is free of charge, as is parking.

The event is run by volunteers and supported by donations.

Founded by Seeds of Diversity, a not-for-profit organization dedicated the proliferation and sharing of organic, open-pollinated heritage seeds, Seedy Saturday encourages seed saving, garden education and sustainable food production at a grass roots level.

For more information, visit the Seedy Saturday Picton on Facebook, email seedysaturdaypicton@gmail.com or visit the Seeds of Diversity website at www.seeds.ca

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