Seed Swap at Four Fathers on March 1

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Promoting seed diversity

AMHERST – The Cumberland Food Action Network is pleased to announce the Second Annual Seed Swap on Saturday, March 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Four Fathers Memorial Library in Amherst.

Organizers hope to attract not only those interested in seed saving and seed swapping, but backyard and community gardeners, and the general public interested in local food security. 

“One of the main activities planned for the day is a seed exchange event, so people are asked to bring a few seeds with them, which they can swap with other seed enthusiasts,” Sue Morin of the Ecology Action Centre said. 

This free event will also feature an activity table for children, where kids will learn how to start a seedling that they can then take home and watch grow.

Morin said there will also be face painting and numerous informative displays, including some from local farmers. The event will also feature a Seed Saving Workshop and a Vermi-Composting Demonstration.

“It's an event that will have something for the whole family,” said Morin.

Morin said seed saving is a lot of fun, saves money, and is a great way to preserve your favourite varieties.

Morin is a member of Seeds of Diversity Canada, a national non-profit dedicated to promoting seed biodiversity. 

She asserts that “75 per cent of our food plant biodiversity has become extinct over the last century, as we have become more and more dependent on non-local and commercial hybridized seed. The result is an ever-narrowing number of options for feeding ourselves in the future.”

She adds that seed exchanges are a great way of keeping old varieties in circulation.

Funding for this event is courtesy of the Bauta Initiative on Canadian Seed Security and the Ecology Action Centre. 

Organizations: Ecology Action Centre, Cumberland Food Action Network, Vermi-Composting Demonstration Diversity Canada Bauta Initiative on Canadian Seed Security

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