Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Seedy Saturday at CMU Saturday February 14th

 Share seeds with your loved ones this Valentine’s Day - Winnipeg Seedy Saturday is a chance to share food and a love of gardening with your Valentine this February 14. 
 
Winnipeg, Manitoba – February 9th 2015 – It may be cold now, but spring is just around the corner and for gardeners that means the beginning of a new season of planning, planting, tending, harvesting and preserving. And while there is much to think about, it all begins with a seed. 
 
The 15th annual Winnipeg Seedy Saturday will be held on February 14th from 10am-3pm at Canadian Mennonite University (600 Shaftesbury Blvd). Entrance fee will be by donation. The collaborative event put on by Seeds of Diversity Canada, Winnipeg Community Garden Network, The Friends of Gardens Manitoba, USC Canada, and CMU Farm is one of hundreds of similar events taking place across Canada every spring. 
 
Regardless if you are a farmer, avid gardener, less-than-mediocre plant tender, or just an interested, everyday citizen, this gathering is for you! Heritage, local, and open-pollinated seed varieties will available for sale or trade, while a film and workshops on seed saving and sharing knowledge will round out the day. Seeds are the promise of new life, of spring, the bounty to come, and change. World-renowned physicist and activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva, explains the power of seed by saying, “We need to decentralize our food system, and if we need to decentralize our food system, decentralize seed provisioning. Seed sovereignty must become very central to food sovereignty”.
 
When Laura-Lynne and Jordan were married they chose to incorporate seeds into their wedding ceremony. During the ceremony, they planted the three sisters - corn, beans, and squash as a symbol of their love. When you plant the three sisters together they support each other interdependently. The beans fix nitrogen in the soil for the corn, and the corn acts as a trellis for the beans to climb up. The squash acts as a ground cover to prevent weeds and retain moisture, supporting all three plants. This symbolism is carried into their relationship as they hope to grow together as unique individuals and on a shared journey, a journey that includes their community. They write that, “We chose to plant the three sisters because with our marriage we 'planted a seed' and started a new chapter in our lives, and wanted to symbolize it in a new way that honoured our new connection to each other.”
 
Schedule is as follows:
10:30 – Basic Seed Saving with Prairie Garden Seeds
11:30 – Building a Seedy Library in Manitoba
12:30 – Seeds and Farmer’s Rights to Protect Seeds
1:30   - Film: Open Sesame
 
For more information visit:
www.winnipegseedysaturday.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/WinnipegSeedySaturday 
 
Or contact:
winnipegseedysaturday@gmail.com 
Kenton Lobe and Julia Laforge
 
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