Seedy Sunday - March 16, 2008

We're working on fully activating the Activist Agenda part of this site, and it will be in full swing very soon. Even once we're fully using it though, I will be highlighting local Edmonton-based events from time to time.

Seedy Sunday is on March 16. Occurring at the North Glenora Community Hall (13535-109A Ave), it marks the beginning of gardening season in Edmonton.

Local farmers will be selling heirloom seeds, and there's a seed exchange - bring your unused seeds and take those of fellow gardeners - for free!

There will also be speakers, including one of Edmonton's greatest gardening/permaculture resource: Ron Berezan, the urban farmer. He's speaking at 1:00 p.m. on Creating an Edible Landscape (other speakers at 12:00 - Jim Ternier and 2:00 - Cherry Dodd).

Growing food from heirloom seeds is one of the most powerful steps you can take to make your life more planet-friendly. Heirloom plants were "commonly grown during earlier periods in human history, but which [are] not used in modern large-scale agriculture" (from wikipedia). Heirloom seeds, then, represent our inheritance of 10,000 years of agriculture by the societies that preceded us.

Preserving this legacy by propogating the seeds is vitally important, because large-scale industrial farming focuses on just a few varieties, squeezing out the others. Since industrial farming is inherently unsustainable - it won't last very much longer because it is reliant on dwindling fossil fuels - we need to preserve the heirloom seeds for when it comes to an end. It will probably be in your lifetime, so all the better reason to get growing.

Plus, growing your own food is so fun on so many levels. Seedy Sunday. See you on Sunday.

"The primary threat to nature and people today comes from centralising and monopolising power and control. Not until diversity is made the logic of production will there be a chance for sustainability, justice and peace. Cultivating and conserving diversity is no luxury in our times: it is a survival imperative."  - Vandana Shiva (source)

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I just thought I'd let you know we are hosting Seedy Sunday again this year. It was a great success last year. We met so many great people. We have moved to a new venue and are presently securing speakers.

Seedy Sunday
March 22 2009
11:a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Alberta Avenue Community Hall
9210 118 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB , T5G0N2

This event just keeps getting bigger. This year we will have more
space,a seperate room for
speakers, and better parking!

There will be a Seed Exchange table available as well as seed
vendors,kid's table and a cafe.

Please contact
Pam at 780-465-2900 or e mail me at
Suzanne Cook 780-439-8954
Wendy Sauve 780-453-8029
if you have any questions

Thanks Pam

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