2014 – Qualicum Seedy Saturday

12th ANNUAL QUALICUM BEACH SEEDY SATURDAY

Theme: GROW IT!

When: Saturday, February 1, 2014 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Seedy Saturday activities and Speakers

Where: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, 747 Jones St., Qualicum Beach, B.C.

Seed Swap: Lions’ Room

Speakers: Windsor Room

Farmer’s Market: Main Stage

 Speakers:
10:30-11:45 a.m. KATHLEEN MILLAR
“The Elephant on your Dinner Table; why organic doesn’t always mean nutritious”

Noon.-1:15 p.m. ARZEENA HAMIR
“GMOs 101”

1:30-2:45 p.m. KATHY CLAXTON
“The Life & Times of the Tomato; from seed to seed saving”

Other Activities:
70+ Vendors, Farmer’s Market, Seed Swap, Milner Garden’s “Shoots With Roots” children’s program, Master Gardeners, Seedy Café, Door Prizes, and Raffle.

Raffle prizes:

  • Art Glass Vase donated by Ted Jolda, value $200.00
  • Gift Certificate donated by Qualicum Foods, value $200.00
  • Wheelbarrow supplied by Dolly’s Home Hardware, value $89.99
  • Hand Tool Set & Kneeler donated by Lee Valley Tools Ltd., value $71.00

1000 tickets- $2 each. B.C. Gaming License # 59462
Tickets on sale outside Qualicum Foods, Saturday, January 25, 2014 (9:30a.m.-1:30 p.m.)

Cost: Admission by Donation

Other: ATM on-site
Town of Qualicum Beach truck in parking lot to collect garden chemicals

Contact: Sandy Glazier, Publicity Coordinator 250-752-9650 sandyglazss@hotmail.com

Website: http://www.qbseedysaturday.com

Everybody says “Organic is healthier” but Kathleen Millar in “The Elephant on your Dinner Table; why organic doesn’t always mean nutritious” will explain how you can make this true in your garden. She will show you how you can conduct a simple test to see how nutritious your produce is and then explain how you can build your soil to increase the nutritional value of the fruit and vegetables that you grow.

You don’t have to attend university to take “GMOs 101” with Arzeena Hamir. She will explain what they are, where they’re found, why you should avoid them, and how you can avoid them. Arzeena was the staff agrologist for West Coast Seeds and as a food activist has been involved with many organizations supporting community gardens, farm educational programs, the Richmond Food Security Society and the B.C. Food Systems Network. She has worked overseas with farmers in Jamaica, Bangladesh, India, and Thailand and in 2012 was named a Female Food Hero by Oxfam Canada.

A successful tomato crop is the gold standard of gardeners everywhere. Kathy Claxton, a well known member of the Oceanside Gardening Community and familiar face and helping hand at Arrowsmith Greenhouses, will take the mystery out of growing tomatoes in “The Life and Time of the Tomato; from seed to seed saving”. Kathy is an enthusiastic gardener and especially enjoys bring neglected gardens back to life. She is a popular speaker at garden clubs and special interest groups as her presentations are always entertaining, humorous, and educational.

Our speakers will show you how to produce healthy and healthful produce that will please your palate so all you have to do is “grow it!”. If you have more questions, master gardeners are on hand to answer them for you. When you’re ready there are thousands of seeds to choose from. Bring some of your own and you can swap for more or, if you don’t have any yet, buy some of our donated home grown seed at the Seed Swap. In addition, there are seeds and plants to buy in the main hall from some of our many vendors, several of whom specialize in heirloom varieties and are always happy to give you tips. Seedy Saturday encourages the continuation of open-pollinated and heirloom varieties of seed. At the Farmer’s Market you can buy meat and produce from local organic farmers as well as other food items from vendors on the main floor. If this is making you hungry, try some of the delicious dishes at the Seedy Cafe catered by The Galloping Gourmet. Bring your kids so that they can have fun at the Milner Garden’s “Shoots With Roots” program.

Don’t forget to buy a raffle ticket for only $2 for a chance to win a Ted Jolda Art Glass Vase ($200), $200 Gift Certificate from Qualicum Foods, Wheelbarrow from Dolly’s Home Hardware ($89.99) or Hand Tools Set and Kneeler from Lee Valley Tools ($71.00).

Banish all chemicals from your garden and drop off any herbicides and pesticides at the Town of Qualicum Beach truck in the parking lot.

Join us on Saturday, February 1st at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, 747 Jones St., 10 a.m. To 3:30 p.m. Admission is by donation and you might be lucky and win one of the many door prizes. If you buy more than you intended, which is easy when you see the great things that are available, there is an ATM conveniently located on-site to top up your cash.

www.seedaysaturday.com

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