Castlegar Seedy Saturday March 5

Castlegar will host a seed exchange and gardening forum on March 5 at the Super 8 Hotel.

If the first signs of spring have you anxious to get out into your garden, then you won’t want to miss the Seedy Saturday being held in Castlegar on March 5. The event will be held at the Super 8 Hotel between 12 and 4 p.m.

“We really want to promote sustainable local agriculture rather than seeking out seeds that are from unknown sources, using more of the heirloom varieties that are good for our area,” said organizer Erica Naso. “It is a place where you can come and talk to local people.”

In addition to the traditional seed exchange, the event will also feature garden and sustainable living vendors. Seeds will be for sale from organic and heirloom BC companies such as Stellar Seed, Salt Spring Seeds, Planting Seeds Project and Cherry Meadows Farm. Several local farmers will also be attending.

Guest speakers include Faun Naso, a medicinal herbalist who will be speaking about the uses of herbs and edible and medicinal uses of common weeds and Jessica Piccinin from Root and Vine Acres, who will be doing a Q&A about raising back yard livestock. She will be presenting an outline about how to get started, shelter and fencing, general health, feed, slaughter, and butchering touching on hogs, sheep, goats, poultry and waterfowl.

The Kootenay Agricultural Society will be on hand with an information table. Ten vendors are currently signed up and will be selling things including dehydrated wild mushrooms, wild mountain herbs, oil of oregano salves and lotions, potting trays and soil enhancers.

The $1 entry fee will be donated to Seeds of Diversity, an organization that promotes Seedy Saturdays and seed libraries.

Organizers are still looking for volunteers with gardening knowledge that would be willing to talk to people during the event and someone with expertise in seed preservation. For more information contact Naso at ericanaso@hotmail.com or through the Sustainable Kootenay Life Facebook page.