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Seed Festival : It’s time to get ready

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The seventh edition of the Seed Festival is planned for 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 29, in the basement of the Notre-Dame-du-Saint-Rosaire Church in Sawyerville. In total, 27 exhibitors will be present, including local artisans and community organizations, five speakers, and five seed producers.
The producers will offer Quebec and heritage seeds, varieties that are not found in supermarkets and which are adapted to the Quebec climate. “So it’s more reassuring in terms of growth,” explained Karine Waltz, organizer of the event.

Some seed producers may take the opportunity to tell the story of the discovery of their seeds. Several family activities will take place in the morning, a music group will liven up the place in the afternoon, and visitors will have the opportunity to eat lunch on site. An herbalist will be on hand to offer herbal teas made with fir and honey, and a community organization will offer smoothies.

The Seed Festival is organized with the aim of making seed-exchanges possible, and the sale of free-pollination seeds, such as ancestral, indigenous, family or farm varieties. The event encourages information sharing and education about anything related to seeds and ecological farming.

The first event of its kind was organized in British Columbia 30 years ago, and spread across the country to reach Quebec in 2000. The city of Montreal was the first to hold a Seed Festival and many others followed soon after.
The Sawyerville Community Garden invites all gardeners and interested persons to join them on February 29 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 4 Randboro Road in Cookshire-Eaton (Sawyerville sector). For more information, please contact the organization directly.

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