Participation in the last edition of the Sawyerville Seed Festival was record-breaking.
Nearly 325 persons participated in the recent Sawyerville Seed Festival, looking for seeds, eager to talk with artisans, and keen to learn more about their hobbies. It was a record-breaking crowd.
In a festive atmosphere, visitors gathered to plan their 2020 gardening season in the basement of the Sawyerville Catholic church, in Cookshire-Eaton. The event was organized by the Sawyerville Community Garden in collaboration with SÈME Évenements, an eco-responsible organization. A total of 27 exhibitors presented their products and 5 speakers addressed various subjects such as green fertilizers, the botany of seeds, companionship with nature, the effect of coffee according to a herbalist-therapist, as well as different options for autonomy and living soils. A corner with a facilitator was available for children. The community kitchens offered smoothies, and the Ramana Hotel (Sawyerville Hotel) served no less than 120 meals.
Chantal Bolduc, president of the Community Garden, noted a high level of participation in the various presentations, which focused on approaches for sustainable development. Marie-Claude Bibeau, MP for Compton-Stanstead and Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, also participated in the activity. She took the time to meet the exhibitors and chat with visitors.
Bolduc said she was very satisfied with the event. “It is beyond my expectations,” she said, and expressed thanks to all the volunteers involved. The annual general meeting of the Community Garden is planned for April 7, and at that time the schedule for the summer season will be announced.