Preparing for Climate Change on March 7th at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay, offers something for everyone interested in gardening, growing food, saving seeds, building soil and having fun. This event is the primary fundraiser for the Comox Valley Growers & Seed Savers, allowing them to offer information and education all year round and support the Seed Bank. The low admission price of $5 offers access to the Community Seed Exchange and Horticultural Trade Show starting at 10 am with more than 45 vendors and exhibitors along with a great line up of speakers other activities.
Exciting and knowledgeable speakers and presenters have information for all gardeners. Lynda Smith of Lawntofood.com will describe how she and her family have converted lawns to food gardens everywhere they lived, and beyond. A perennial favourite, Connie Kuromata, of Gardens on the Go will describe the Miracle of Soil – and how to get there from dirt, while Tyler Johns describes natural pest control. Many of your questions about gardening will be answered by our panel: Jo-Ann Canning of Vancouver Island Master Gardeners, Master Organic Gardener, Terry Fassbender and the Duchess of Dirt: Leslie Cox.
Another returning favourite is Gordon Hutchings of Hutchings Bee Services describing the co-evolution of flowering plants and bees and how we can continue to support our many species of native bees to thrive in a changing climate. Jen Cody and Craig Evans address the experienced gardeners to explain how, despite rumours to the contrary, we really can save carrot seeds. Jen and Craig have a combined 50 years of experience in agriculture – researching, experimenting and creating cooperative organizations to address the whole continuum of seed to table.
The Seedy Cafe – open 10 am to 2 pm will again offer a wonderful and tasty array of snacks and lunch at very reasonable prices. Families can visit the child activity room to take a break with crafts, activities and music.
Visit www.cvgss.org to view the list of wonderful presenters and to create your shopping list by vendor. The organizers would like to acknowledge the ongoing support of Coastal Community Credit Union, Eatmore Sprouts, Edible Island, SeaSoil and Quality Foods.
FMI: Sue Moen, Coordinator, Seedy Saturday
250-337-5948 – Sue_moen@telus.net