Mar 22 – Mar 28, 2021
Resilient.SEA and Community Food Connections Association would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s Seed Exchange. It seems that there was good participation yet there are some seeds leftover that we hope to share in the future with anyone interested in putting them to use.
Community Food Connections Association has been organizing the annual Seedy Saturday exchange since 2015. We offered to help find a way to make this year’s seed exchange happen despite Covid-19 restrictions. It is going to look a little different than years past, but we still wanted to give gardeners the opportunity to share their seeds with others! This year’s seed exchange will be spread over a week, starting on World Water Day on March 22nd and include Earth Hour on March 27th. We will be offering some online speaker presentations, Seedy Chatterday, and more so watch this space for updates!
Where: Online + Little Free Libraries (LFL) throughout Medicine Hat (see list below)
How: Each LFL will have a Seed Exchange container containing seeds in small packets for sharing and some empty paper packets as well.
Edible Flowers live presentation and Q & A with Herbalist and Organic Master Gardener Amber Coderre from @coderreflowerfarm. “Hi Everyone! My name is Amber Coderre, I am the gardener half of the duo behind Coderre Flower Farm. The other half is my amazing builder/logistician hubby Denis. We are an urban farm (sometimes called micro-farm) located just outside the Hat in Irvine, AB. I am a certified Organic Master Gardener, & Practical Herbalist who is in love with all things growing. I especially adore edible flowers, and flowers for our health. Our gardens are based in permaculture principles and we grow using organic practices.”
- use small packets (coin envelopes, mini ziploc bags, etc) to share seeds
- divide seeds into 10-20 small seeds / pack (carrots, lettuce, basil, radish, etc), 3-10 large seeds / pack (zucchini, beets, sunflower, beans, etc)
- label each packet with the name of the plant and cultivar (ie. Tomato – ‘Sungold’). If you can, also include age of seed (if known), and whether it was saved or purchased.
- please only take what you need and will actually use this season
- if you are leaving seed, make a comment in the FB event including the location and type of seed and quantity
- if you are taking seed, post under the original comment in the FB event that you have taken that seed, and whether there is any left.
- do not share any invasive species. Check https://abinvasives.ca/invasive-plants/.
Keep Us Posted
Once you have shared seed in a LFL, please post on the Facebook Event Page which library you have left it in, what variety of seeds you have left, and how many packets have been left.
If you retrieve seed from a LFL, please post under the original comment that you have taken a packet, that way participants can have a rough idea of if there is seed still available at that location.
**Please be aware that some LFL users may take seed, so there is no guarantee that packages will be left if you wait a long time after seeing a posting.