The need for seed

Dianne St. Jean

Dianne St. Jean photo
Dianne St. Jean photo
Another successful Seedy Saturday

There was another good turn out for the 5th Annual Open Gate Garden Robson Valley Seedy Saturday on Mar. 3 at the Dunster school.

Approximately 70-80 people took in the presentations, displays, and delicious refreshments and lunch.

The day began with a presentation by Barb Zimmer on ‘Why Your Garden is So Important’, speaking about the necessity of preserving and using heritage seed and growing our own food, especially in light of the inundation of genetically modified foods (GMO) and mono-industry seed production.

Garry and Wendy Lowe, who always have interesting presentations, gave a good talk on root cellars – what conditions work best, such as humidity and temperature, as well as what types of vegetables do best in certain environments.

Jackie Edwards and Loretta Simpson talked about preserving foods by canning, drying, pickling, etc. to preserve home grown food.

And of course there were the usual informative displays as well as seed trading and buying, and an Open Gate Garden display.

Steven Storch from College of New Caledonia (CNC) also had a table and was on hand to discuss and get input on Agricultural Skills Training Needs.

Overall it was just another good Seedy Saturday, having people leave wishing for the warmer days of spring so we can get on with planting!

Dianne St. Jean photo
Dianne St. Jean photo
CNC had a table for anyone interested in agricultural skills training.

Dianne St. Jean photo
Dianne St. Jean photo
Garry and Wendy Lowe gave handy tips on root cellar construction.

Local valley gardening expert Pete Amyoony shares his knowledge of seeds and planting techniques.
Local valley gardening expert Pete Amyoony shares his knowledge of seeds and planting techniques.
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