Salt Spring Seedy Saturday

February 11, 2015 – February 15, 2015 all-day
Salt Spring Seedy Saturday

Island Natural Growers presents: ‘Sowing the Seeds of Love’

Salt Spring Island’s 20th Annual Seedy Saturday Festival

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Call 250-653-4031 for more info. or to register for Sunday workshop.

Wednesday Feb.11th: 7pm  Film night at The Fritz Cinema. ‘The Sower’ a beautiful and heartwarming portrait of an eccentric seed saver and artist from Quebec. A Canadian film recommended by the SSI Film Festival. Fundraiser for Island Natural Growers- ING (our local chapter of Canadian Organic Growers) and Seeds of Assam (in association with Fertile Ground East West Sustainability Network). $10-15
Friday Feb.13th: 7pm  ‘Seeds of Love Dance Temple‘ Let’s gather together in dance and celebration to cultivate the garden of our hearts and sow the seeds of love together. At Mahon Hall $15

Saturday Feb.14th: 10-3pm  Seed Exchange, Local Seed, Plant and Food Vendors, Info Tables and Workshops at The Farmers Institute ($5 donation, students free)

Workshops: 10:30-11:45 Permaculture in East Africa Slideshow Talk- Brandon Bauer

12:00-12:30 Fruit Tree Project Planning Group- Tony Beck

1:00-2:00     Seed Saving, Salt Spring Sanctuary and Seed Library- Linda Gilkeson

1:00-3:00     Fruit Tree Pruning- Paul Linton (outside)

2:15-3:00     Bee Keeping intro and how you can help bees- Bee Club

3:30-4:30     BC Seed Coop and mobile seed cleaning equipment- Vanessa Goodall and Mary Alice Johnson

Sunday. Feb. 15th – 9:30am-4:30pm ‘Growing Together’ Workshops at the Farmers Institute upstairs ($25 pre-registration includes lunch)

9:30-12:30 Farm Sharing and Community Living Panel DiscussionDescription:

Are you someone with land looking for other like-minded folks to share it with? Are you someone who has a desire to be on land, create a home and community? Do you have skills or experience to help these people work together?

Please join our 3 hour session to share ideas and experience about living/ working on land in community, whether multi-generational, multi-family, co-housing, separate structures, farm share leasing, co-ownership, co-operative business, etc. We will start with a few brief presentations by local ‘experts’, followed by practical solutions to help the people in the room increase their capacity to work together.

12:30-1:30 Organic Lunch from Hips ‘n Haws

1:30-4:30 Local Food Resilience: Building on Success and Activating Opportunities

Salt Spring grew only 5% of its food supply in 2005 according to a study by Island Natural Growers.  What have we done to increase that percentage, and what remains to be done?   Salt Spring growers and producers have worked hard in recent years, creating the Abattoir, developing plans for a Farm Produce Centre, and creating community gardens that all point toward growth and expansion of local food production.

–  The workshop will provide the opportunity to lean about these and other initiatives and discuss what we need to do next to increase our food security. What can we learn from the successes of other regional efforts, such as the Galiano Community Food Program and the Gabriola Commons Community Kitchen project.  What do you want to do, and what do you need to make it happen?  Do you have ideas for food-preservation and processing, or for expanding the scope and number of our shared community gardens, or a fruit and/or nut-tree project or any other ideas?

— Bring your curiosity and your ideas…. join a community-wide discussion with a series of panel presentations and small-group discussions on specific topics.

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