Gardeners gather for Fifth Annual Seedy Saturday

100 Mile's popular Seedy Saturday event will be held this year at the Creekside Seniors Activity Centre

Jackie Grell

Jackie Grell

Heralding spring, 100 Mile’s popular Seedy Saturday event will be held this year at the Creekside Seniors Activity Centre – between 100 Mile House Junior Secondary and the Ambulance Station – on March 16.

The theme for this year’s event is “Increasing food security in our community.” Doors open at 10 a.m. and festivities will go on until 3 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $2.

Co-sponsored by the Horse Lake Community Farm Co-operative and the South Cariboo Agri-Culture Enterprise Centre, this year’s Seedy Saturday will feature a number of product and information tables, speakers, a local food concession featuring chili and baked potatoes plus coffee and dessert and, of course, thousands of organic and non-genetically modified organism (GMO) seeds for sale.

Speakers for the event will include local bird expert Tom Godin who will talk on the topic of “How to build the four main birdhouses for our area” at 11 a.m.

Mojave Kaplan from Lillooet, who is an expert on seed saving and a former Seedy Saturday workshop teacher, will speak about seed collecting and will also have seeds to sell.

Community Enhancement and Economic Development Society (C.E.E.D.S.) Farm, part of the Horse Lake Community Farm Co-operative, and one of the largest organic farms in the area, will have a table selling packets of STELLAR seeds, as well as its own seed potatoes, C.E.E.D.S. famous grape jelly, and other items, such as their always popular Fair Trade Organic Coffee, roasted at 108 Mile on a heritage coffee roaster.

There will also be a special table for all local seeds, where all kinds of seeds may be displayed, exchanged or sold.

Other tables booked for the event at press time include The 100 Mile Garden Club; Tom Godin’s table, where he will talk to people about ‘anything’ related to birds; Mojave Kaplan and The Planting Seeds Project; The South Cariboo Sustainability Society, which includes the newly formed Rebel Garden Zone and the Seed Exchange; The 100 Mile Bee Keeper’s Support Group, Bonnie Reith’s house plants; Jackie Pappas from Clinton selling seeds acclimatized to Zones 2 and 3; Family Farm Natural Meats (Tina Johnson); The Horn Ranch, and The Circle H Ranch (Ann Arman).

The South Cariboo Agri-Culture Enterprise Centre, dedicated to the education and practice of growing and distributing healthy local food, will provide information on the 2013 Farmers Market and will display brochures listing many of the local agricultural associations and producers.

For more information or to book a table, please contact Karen at 250-395-3580, Damien at 250-791-6442 or e-mail info@horselakefarmcoop.ca.