Seedy Events Calendar 2019

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Ok, everyone;

We have a preliminary list of where we will be with our seeds this year.  Hopefully you can find a location near you and remember if you want potatoes we will bring them specifically for you if you let us know via email ahead.  Only then will we bring them as they weigh a lot more than seeds!!  Also pre-ordering your seeds for us to bring saves everyone time and will ensure you get what you want ahead of us selling out.  Our email as always is smileyo at xplornet dot com.

We will not have any garlic or Jerusalem Artichokes or comfrey root at the shows as we had a bad year for garlic and need to plant all we have and everything else is still in the frozen ground until spring.  You can still order the JA’s and comfrey, just have to let us know and we will ship later.

Ok, so we will be here:  For more event dates see  seeds.ca/events

Fernie, BC – Saturday Feb. 23.  New location for us so let your friends in the Kootenays know.  Details:

Saturday February 23, 2019          10 to 3
Fernie Family Centre, 521 4th Avenue
Fernie, BC

Admission by donation

Mar. 2/19 – Regina Seedy Saturday

Saturday March 2, 2019
St. Paul’s Cathedral, 1861 McIntyre Street
Regina, SK

Mar. 9/19 – Enderby, BC,

Saturday March 9, 2019          10 to 4
Splatsin Centre
Enderby, BC

25th Annual Shuswap Seed Swap and Natural Living Fair

Mar. 10/19 – Kelowna, BC

Kelowna Seedy Sunday

Sunday March 10, 2019          10 am to 3 pm
Parkinson Recreation Centre
Kelowna, BC

Fee: Adults $2, Children under 12 Free
Parking: Free
All your favourite Vendors, Free Master Gardener Workshops and children’s activities.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SEEDY SATURDAY IN SHERWOOD PARK WILL BE ON MARCH 9 ALSO AT THE GLORY PARK CHURCH, 22577 YELLOWHEAD TRAIL, FROM 11 TO 4.  ATTEND AND SUPPORT THE CAUSE IF YOU ARE LOCAL. We were booked in BC before they announced the date and cannot attend.  😦

Calgary Seedy Saturday

Saturday March 16, 2019          10 to 3
Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association
Calgary, AB

Mark this on your calendar and don’t miss out on the most fun day of the year, for everything to do with gardening, healthy yards and seed saving! Please invite your friends!

This is our biggest event and we do sell out, so order early.

Edmonton Seedy Sunday

Sunday March 17, 2019          11 to 4
Central Lions Seniors’ Recreation Centre 11113 113 St
Edmonton, AB

We’ll be in the same large gym on the north side of the building, with extra rooms for talks, demos and eating. Meat Street Pies will again bring their food truck and this year we’ll have coffee, tea and baked goods for sale.

You can visit www.edmontonseedysunday.org for info. on who’s coming and speakers, etc..

Stony Plain Seedy Saturday

Saturday March 30, 2019          10 to 3
gym at the PERC building
Stony Plain, AB

As we think about how many more we can attend, we will post them here.  Hope to see you all there.

Mar. 23 – Red Deer hosts their EcoLiving Fair with seed vendors there.  We are unable to attend.

April 6 – Possibly at Clearwater, BC, still waiting for confirmation

April 7 – Cherryville BC, Seedy Sunday.  Cherryville Community Center, 9-4 p.m.

April 27/10 Edmonton Resiliency Festival

We will be in attendance with other products besides seeds, featuring delicious hot sauces, black garlic, culinary sauces, medicinal mushroom tinctures, and C60 Super Antioxidant oils.  My daughter will also be there with offerings of plants and vegetable shares for the upcoming season and Devon will showcase his exceptional homemade smoking pipes.  Check them out there!

May 11 – Westlock Seedy Saturday

From 10 AM -7 PM, see their Facebook page for details.

Denise

 

Orders for Christmas and other special events

If you have someone you love that is hard to buy for at Christmas and you know they like growing things,  we are willing to help out.  We will package up any seeds you need for your loved ones,  in custom gift packages if you wish.  Contact us ahead so we have time to account for shipment across the country.

We offer gift baskets from $10, $25, $35, $45 and up already prepackaged, or you can customize your order by choosing seeds for your favorite grower, or letting us know a bit about them and where they are gardening, and we can do it for you.  Gift packaging available at a nominal charge.  For 2019, all Christmas must be in by December 8 as we are going away over the time before Christmas, but remember us for Weddings, Birthdays and Anniversaries as well!!

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Workshops and Farm Stays

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Hello to all the avid gardeners out there.  We are gearing up for the show and events in early spring and the 2019 growing season.  We hope you are as excited as we are.  We will be out in full force and we hope you will think about your potato orders for the shows as we only bring potatoes for those who preorder.

We will be in Calgary, Stony Plain and Edmonton again and probably Sherwood Park if Brandie can find a suitable space.  She is still looking so if you know of a suitable location that has cheaper rent and ample parking, please let her know or me and I will pass it on to her.  IT was a good show last year, but apparently she cannot rent it again this year and we would love the gardeners to have a chance to experience a good seed event.

We are looking to the future on the farm and would like to open up the farm to families that want to have a farm stay.  We are hoping to garner interest from people who want to experience life as it used to be on the farm, want to see wildlife in their natural state, and want to learn about self-sufficiency, gardening and growing their own food.  We offer courses in canning and preserving, wild food foraging and mushrooming, candle and soap making, raising livestock, wild herb use and tinctures, as well as group healing sessions and yoga and meditation.

I am also offering opportunities for novice gardeners to learn about greenhouse gardening and putting in your first garden plot.  We also offer seed saving and growing workshops, cleaning and harvesting seeds and night sky weekends, and electronics detox. weekends.  We offer a clean, wild, open landscape, free from the noise and pollution of city life, filled with wildlife and lakeside views.  We offer cabin space for those unaccustomed to camping or spots to park an RV and stay to learn.

Feel free to contact us directly about our courses, and you should know our email, but here it is smileyo

at

xplornet dot see eh

have a great day everyone!!

New Orders for 2018

Hi there;

I have been getting many excited emails about the new catalogue.  Unfortunately it is not quite ready yet.  But I have worked on a new order form that you can use for the old catalogue just fine.  Might want to check with me for availability though.  Here it is. I am working on the catalogue now and the new site, still.  So expect some great changes soon.

Thanks again.

Order form

potatoes

Hello;

With winter coming on soon, it is time to stock up on potatoes.  If you are thinking it would be nice to have some different varieties going into the fall in your pantry, perhaps ones you have never tried before, text me at 780  three  zero five 6377 and either you can come pick them up or we can meet sometime around Spruce Grove for delivery.  They are being dug today and there are many beautiful ones out there.

Thanks

Annual and Perennial Flowers

All offerings are $3.50 per packet

FL5.  Sweet William – 20-40 seeds.  Dark Pink and White.   Assorted colors of the perennial favorite of old country gardens.  Producing clustered heads in white with pink splashes, and variations therein.  Up to 18”

FL51.  Sweet William – Red Summer Heat.  Perennial favorite with a deep red color.  Up to 18”.

FL52.  Sweet William – 20-30 seeds Deep pink color. Up to 18”.

FL6.  Petunias – 50 seeds or more

a) Midnight Dreams type – deep purple, almost black.

b) Iced Salmon – salmon pink and slightly lighter shades.

c) Blue Frosted mix – purples with light edges.

d) Butter cream – yellowy white

e) White/Pink mix – some white, some pink, some mixed both

g) Plum blush – vibrant plum colors in deep shades

h) Pink mix – mix of all shades of pink.

i) Orchid daddy type – medium purple.

j) Peach Ice mix– light peach color and variations with white frost.

k) Electric plum – bold plum that is at once deep pink and blue. Hard to describe.  Very showy.

m) Tidal Wave silver – light purple almost silver, trailing wave type

q) Midnight frost – dark purple with white frilly edges

r) Frosty mix – mixture of purple and pink centers with white frilly edges.

FL8. Bunny Tail Grass – 45 seeds per pkg.  This fun grass is covered with fluffy, soft bunny tail seed heads that turn from green to light tan.  Good for containers or the back of the flower bed.  They are drought tolerant and ornamental for flower arrangements.  8-12” high.

FL16. Ice plant – red/orange – 25 seeds per pkg. Limited offering.  This succulent is one of my favorite plants, easy to grow and producing captivating flowers and foliage. Low spreading ground cover or pot plant.

FL 33. Snapdragons – red/yellow stripe – 50 seeds.  As others, 12-18” tall.  Showy and different.

FL 34. Snapdragons – Red Riot – Bright red flowers on tall spikes.  2’ average height.

FL 35. Snapdragons – Dark Red Wine – These flowers are a mix of deep purply red. Plants are 2’ high.

FL37.  Snapdragons – Sorbet Mix – mix of creamy pinks, with orange to yellow fringe. Nice for borders.

FL40.  Sunflowers – Edible seeded – 25 seeds.  Tall plants (over 3’)  with medium to large sized heads, grey striped seeds.  Flowers are yellow and showy, typical of edible seeded varieties.

FL42.  Sunflower – Beauty mix – 25 seeds.  A tall mixture of varying shades of sunflowers with blazes of burgundy throughout.  Stunning variety.

FL43.  Sunflower – Dark Red mix – 25 seeds.  5-6’ tall, dark green foliage with some striped with dark purple, flowers in shades of red, burgundy, deep brown and lighter variations with yellow.

FL44.  Sunflower – Amazing blend – 25 seeds.  5-6’tall, deep green foliage, producing heads 4-6” across.  Shades vary from bright yellow to yellow with red inside or on the outside of the petals, or striped along each petal.  Never know what you will get until they open.

FL 46.  Sunflower – Summertime Shine – 25 seeds.  Bright yellow to deep yellow blends with some variation with red and orange.

FL 47. Sunflower – Edible – Short Stuff – 70 days.  A shorter version of an edible seeded sunflower, traditional medium sized heads produce many edible oil seeds that can be enjoyed in the winter or set out for the birds.  Your choice.  25 seeds per package.

FL48. Sunflower – Deep Red.  25 seeds.  5-6 feet tall, dark green foliage, dark red flowers in almost burgundy tones.  Stunning.

FL49. Sunflower – Yellow Fields – 25 seeds.  5’ tall, medium green leaves, and medium sized sunny yellow heads with slight variations of orange and red hints.

FL50. Sunflowers – Rainbow Blend – 25 seeds.  5-6”, stunning blend of red, pink, burgundy, orange and yellow variations all mixed up in one flower sometimes.  Very interesting and showy.

FL53.  Sunflowers – Wedding Mix – 25 seeds.  5-6’, great mix for wedding bouquets, this mix is lighter colors in shades of cream to deep yellow.

FL45.  Love-Lies-Bleeding – Amaranth – 48 days.  Beautiful drooping pink and red flower sprays that contain tiny light yellow, round edible seeds.  Cook like quinoa or regular amaranth for a tasty treat or just enjoy the beauty of the plants.  Leaves and stems of this plant also contain active red and purple pigments.  Grow about 2.5 feet tall.

OTHER POPPIES

FL56. A Shirley Mix – mixed single colors

B  Ladybird – red and black dotted centers

C  Double Pink – Frilly Pink

D  Double Pink – Shelley Pompom

E  Large Pink Breadseed poppy

F  Venus mix – Large pink, white frill

FL 65. Hollyhock mix – Old fashioned single flowered blend of pink, white and fuschia flowers, growing up to 10’ tall.  Make a wonderful hedge.  Need some wind support.

FL66.  Pink Yarrow – like the wild variety, only with lovely pink flowers, cheery in the flowerbed.  These grow about 18” tall. In a mass of pink.  Perennial favorite.

FL67.  Calendula – Yellow and Orange favorites mix.

Queen Anne’s Lace, see herbs.

Mandy offering – Jacob’s Tears, White Seeded Sunflower, Small black seeded sunflower, and Shasta Daisy.

Seed Savers

I think often of what this part of the world must have looked like before our white ancestors came here and we can see from historic records that it was abundant in culture and nature. It was peaceful. There were struggles and wars but not on the scale we brought and sadly the kind of life that would have sustained the land was not understood or acceptable to the minds of those first foreigners.

It was a long time ago and yet today we are not removed from those days or the abuses that followed. Even today if we turn a blind eye to suffering or inequality among any one of us no matter skin color, creed, religion, sexual preference, or race we have all agreed to injustice and the perpetuation of the very mindset that enslaved us all.

There are those that seek to enslave in other parts of the world people in the same way now as was perpetuated in Canada in the past. We must open our eyes and see this is always done for greed and it is never portrayed in the media that way because we would jot support it. We must find out the truth and that takes some digging. No nightly news will show you the whole story. Always the people in the area will give a different picture. So please open your eyes and help change the world for the better.

Where we go one, we go all. We are all people. We are all equal in the eyes of the creator. None of us are free if even one is in chains. Those chains are in our minds and sometimes physical and may we all seek to realize that truth for the good of all.

This poem speaks of how I feel about anyone person or group that would move against another or a Nation in the name of supposed progress.  May you enjoy it as I did.

To all those who work with seed and endeavor to be self sufficient, just and peace loving.

The Seed Keepers
by Palestinian poet Fawaz Turki

( b.1940)
Burn our land
burn our dream
pour acid onto our songs
cover with sawdust
the blood of our massacred people
muffle with your technology
the screams of all that is free,
wild and indigenous.
Destroy,
destroy
our grass and soil
raze to the ground
every farm and every village
our ancestors had built,
every tree, every home
every book, every law
and all the equity and harmony.
Flatten with your bombs
every valley; erase with your edits
our past,
our literature; our metaphor.
Denude the forests
and the earth
till no insect,
no bird
no word
can find a place to hide.
Do that and more.
I do not fear your tyranny
I do not despair ever
for I guard one seed
a little live seed
and I shall safeguard
and plant again.

Thank you Fawas, may your words act like lightning rods to lighten a world and minds in the dark.

Love is all there is.

This Weekend

Hi everyone;

We will be going ahead with the weekend event Saturday at 9:30 sharp.  We are looking like rain, but we will go ahead.  Bring your rain gear, and a change of footwear.  We will have an indoor space to make the tinctures and learn about herbs and mushrooms.  So just be prepared for a little walking and bugs.

Lunch is potluck and I am making Chili, we also have tuna sandwiches, coleslaw and cookies so far.

Look forward to seeing everyone there.

Denise