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Seedy Sunday – Seed swap and plant sale 2024

Seedy sunday
Seed swap
Groundswell Seedy Sunday event
Sunday Feb 11, 2024
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
at Groundswell Community Greenhouse, Invermere
Cost: Free

Thinking about spring and want to get started sprouting seeds for your garden, well you are in luck!
If you are looking to swap, buy or learn about seeds and seed saving this is the event for you. It’s the time of the year when we’re all getting excited to plan our gardens and get seeds ready or ordered.

This year we have a special presentation from Dale Wilker of Old Blue Truck Farm on “Growing & Saving Heritage Seeds!”. Heritage seeds have been passed down for generations, grown for their high nutrient levels and other important individual qualities. Dale Wilker, a local farmer will share his heritage seed saving and growing stories, so you can benefit from using heritage seeds this summer in your garden and greenhouse!
As well Mateja, a local grower, will share her insights into seed development, selecting good quality seed growers and why buying non-GMO seeds is so important. Not only will there be plenty of seeds to swap but seed giveaways from specialty BC seed growers!

If you are looking to swap, buy or learn about seeds and seed saving this is the event for you. It’s the time of the year when we’re all getting excited to plan our gardens and get seeds ready or ordered.
Bring your seeds ready to swap, in clearly labeled envelopes outlining:

  • Type of Seed
  • Variety
  • Seed Company (if applicable)
  • Year Saved or purchased
  • Quantity of seeds in each package
  • Where it was grown
  • Growing tips

Please don’t bring any GMO seeds or seeds collected from hybrid plants, as it won’t grow true to type. Also, note that seeds remain viable for 2-4 years if kept in a cool, dry place, out of the light. Some seeds (onions, leeks, parsnips, celery, spinach) are only good for a year unless stored especially well.

No seeds to swap? No problem!
•There will be seeds to purchase and seed giveaways from specialty BC seed producers!

Plant swap:
•Bring your own seedlings, cutting or houseplants to sell or swap.

If you are an avid seed-savers and will be needing your own table please email us at info@groundswellnetwork.ca by Friday February 9th so we can set up a table.

Look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday the 11th!

Tomato Workshop Series – part 4 of 4

from the valley’s top Tomato grower – Sabrina Boileau
tomatoespart 4. End of season care and harvest
– Season extension with a greenhouse
– Harvesting tomatoes
– End of season care
– Feeding back your soil
– Review of how your tomatoes did/are doing. Show us pictures of your plant and harvest!
– Tomato seed exchange
Date: Tuesday, August 8
Time: 6:30 – 8:00
Location: Groundswell greenhouse
Cost: Note: Maximum of 14 people. Members $20. Non members: $30
Note: when booking for all 4 – Members – $60/Non Members $100; see part 1 for tickets
Facilitator: Sabrina Boileau, a passionate expert on bio-intensive agriculture
Things to Bring: your garden journal (if you don’t have one you can buy one at the garden for $10), garden gloves, dress in layers it will be warm in the greenhouse and then as night sets it will get cooler, water bottle)

Gardening Basics Workshop Series 2 – Starting Your Seeds- Hot Crops

Gardening Basics Workshop Series
Ensure Success
Get your hands dirty working in the greenhouse while you learn!
Opportunity for gardeners to be gentler on the earth while harvesting more nutritious food…
gardeningPart 2. Starting Your Seeds- Hot Crops

  • Planning your vegetable garden for maximum yield and efficiency.
  • Where to get seeds and what to note about their performance. This will cover GMO, Heritage, Organic, etc. Learn about types of seeds and how they will reward you.
  • Starting your Seeds a variety of ways for earlier harvest. This is hands on planting in the greenhouse and learning various ways to start seeds early if you don’t have a greenhouse.
  • Talking to your seeds and new plants, listening to your seeds and new plants – learning what they are telling you.

Date: March 7, 2023
Time: 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Location: Groundswell Community Greenhouse
Cost: Members (Regular and Premium) – $25.00 Non Members $30.00
What to bring: Your Garden Journal, your garden gloves, trowel, water bottle, seeds you already have that you want to learn more about. (loose or packages).

***NOTE: if you book all 4 programs in this series the total cost for members is $80.00, a savings of $20. Ticket available in part 1

Seed saving 101

seeds 101
Groundswell has been happy to be a part of seed saving and lending endeavors this year, particularly with helping out the new Invermere Public Library’s Seed Library, launched this past spring, The idea behind a seed library is to create a collection of regionally adapted seeds, ones that know how to grow in our climate. Seed libraries make seeds more accessible and can be a huge part of food and environmental sustainability. We can grow food for our families, friends, and food banks. We can find unexpected and beneficial places to grow (squashes in a ditch, anyone?). We can teach our youth how to grow their own food and build a hearty collection of heritage seeds for the valley!

How do we save seeds though?

When: Saturday, Sept 17, 2022
Time: 10 to 11:30 AM
Where: Invermere public library, 646 4 St, Invermere
Facilitator: Gladys Hanson