This Sunday, March 20, 2016, my husband and I attended the Seedy Sunday event in Edmonton, Alberta, the city where our son and family live, and where we are visiting while the grandchildren are on their Spring breaks.
We attended a couple of the lectures: the last half of the Food Security panel (with encouragement to not only focus on Food Security, but to also encourage schools to teach children to grow food and to cook it); the Saving Seeds lecture by commercial gardener, Kathleen Van Ihinger of Harmonic Herbs of Barrhead, Alberta-- she passed around a seedy lettuce us to take some seeds home) and the last part of Extending the Growing Season by Travis Kennedy of Edmonton's Lactuca Urban Farm, who detailed their 5-part rotation for the growing greens that they supply local restaurants.)
Then, of course, it was time to hit the marketplace! The massive gym space that housed all of the Seedy Sunday booths is quite likely one of the locations for ballroom dancing, or maybe Pickleball, in the titanic Central Lions' Seniors Recreation Centre.
I had an enjoyable time visiting the various seeds booths and buying the following seeds:
- Rainbow Chard
- Orca Beets
- Purple Tomatillo
- Midnight Lightening Zucchini
- Holy Basil- Kapoor Tulsi
- Bee's Friend Phacelia
I will likely put out another container of rainbow carrots.
I picked up a card from a booth advertising Vegan Potlucks, Guest Speakers and Restaurant Nights. The person organizing this is Mike Martin and you can contact him at email@example.com if you are interested in any of those events.
There were also people manning the Edmonton Horticultural Society Booth, and the Master Gardeners and Organic Master Gardener information tables. Along with Seedy Sunday, there are so many opportunities in Edmonton and area to learn to grow stuff!
The following are books written by my current favourite gardening author, Carolyn Herriot. (You can read more about her at the page on here about this year's Nanaimo Seedy Sunday on March 6, 2016.)