Gardeners in Kingston and area will be glad to hear Seedy Saturday is back for 2021. After having to cancel the 2020 seed swap mere days before the event, the celebration of seeds and gardening is up and running, in a new online format.
According to a release from the Kingston Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI), there will be four Seedy Saturdays this year. Every Saturday in March, beginning at 1 p.m., participants will be able to learn about seeds and seed-saving, and make connections with others who have seeds to swap virtually.
At each Seedy Saturday gathering, people will be invited to participate in the Virtual Seed Swap in the main room.
Cathy Christie, one of the organizers, explained, “We want you to tell us about the seeds that you have to share and connect with those who have seeds they want to obtain. After the Virtual Seed Swap you can move to different break-out rooms to talk with people who have seeds that you would like to grow so that you can make arrangements for physically distanced drop-offs or pick-ups.”
“There will be a break-out room where children of all ages can join us to celebrate the magic and beauty of seeds with activities, stories and songs,” Christie continued. “Other break-out rooms will allow you to connect with seed savers and gardeners who live close to you.”
Experienced seed-savers and gardeners will also be on the call to answer questions, and organizers will be recommending seed-related webinars for further information. KASSI says local seed vendors may be available, too.
The events, which will be held March 6, 13, 20 and 27, are organized by the Seedy Saturday Committee of KASSI. For more information and to register, go to http://seedsgrowfood.org
In addition to the chance to obtain seeds by trading at the Seedy Saturday events, KASSI has open-pollinated seeds in its Living Seed Commons, available to purchase on a sliding scale donation. For more information and to order the open-pollinated seeds that can be legally saved and shared, go to http://seedsgrowfood.org/meet-the-seeds/
In 2020, Seedy Saturday was scheduled for March 14, and was cancelled at the last minute when the province shut down for the pandemic. Organizers say in its in-person format, Seedy Saturday grew every year from its inception in 2008, and was a much-anticipated event every March, drawing about 400 visitors in 2019.
The Kingston Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI) is a non-profit organization that was founded by local farmers, backyard and market gardeners, and concerned community members. Their aim is to increase seed and thereby, food sovereignty for the Kingston region.