It might not immediately occur to everyone by the calendar or the thermostat this morning, but local gardeners are fast moving into preparation mode in anticipation of the upcoming growing season.
Enter Seedy Sunday, which this coming Sunday, February 9th will provide area growers with a chance to trade and share garden seed of countless varieties in time to allow preparation and, where necessary, early seed germinating for the spring ahead.
Also on-site will be the following organizations and businesses with tables:
- Prairie Garden Seeds - The prairies’ largest heritage seed vendor
- Martin Dupuis - locally-produced vermicompost
- Brown Sugar Produce - offering shoots and answering gardening questions
- Master Gardeners
- Bee City Brandon - on hand to answer pollinator questions
- Incredible Edible Brandon
- Maple Valley Farms
- Mireille L'Abeille Illustrations
- Fruit Share Brandon
- Amanj Seeds of Winnipeg
- Brandon Public Library
- Assiniboine Food Forest Inc.
At 1pm, Brown Sugar Produce will be giving a presentation on the topic of “Year Round Vegetable Production.”
A kids area will be on-site, featuring a bird seed feeder workshop in addition to colouring and reading material. Snacks and refreshments will be available.
Seedy Sunday is one of more than 150 similar events put on across Canada throughout February and March in association with Seeds of Diversity. The Brandon event takes place one day after Winnipeg’s “Seedy Saturday.”
According to local organizer Dave Barnes, last year’s Seedy Sunday in Brandon saw an estimated 150-200 attendees over the course of the event.
The local event, hosted by Assiniboine Food Forest, takes place this Sunday from 11am - 4pm at the East End Community Centre. Admission is free with donations being accepted.
Photo: D. Barnes