On a chilly Earth Day in 2006, the Fernie Community EcoGarden held its first Seedy Saturday in the gazebo at Rotary Park. Since then, EcoGarden members have presented seed sharing events at the Griz Days craft fair and the Earth Day celebration every year.
Check the EcoGarden Calendar to see when our next Seed Swap takes place.
Gardeners who have seeds which they have collected are encouraged to bring any they can share. We ask that seeds brought are cleaned and labeled with variety and type. For example, if they are beans – bush or pole, green or yellow, for use fresh or dried, etc.
Anyone who wants to grow locally grown seeds can come to select seeds that have been donated by other gardeners. A small cash donation is appreciated.
At our seed swaps you will also find information about the EcoGarden and its activities, share information about gardening in general, learn how to grow plants for seed saving, and understand why it’s important to save seeds in the first place.
Why save seeds?
Since the beginning of the 20th century, about 75% of the genetic diversity of agricultural crops has been lost worldwide.
This has resulted from a number of factors but, over the last two decades, there is one which may pose the greatest threat to our food supply. Large, multinational companies like Monsanto have been buying out small seed companies, deleting many food varieties from catalogues and marketing their own hybrid and patented seeds.
For us, this means that both home gardeners and farmers are increasingly forced to buy new seeds each year from these corporate sources.
By becoming dependent on these companies for seed, we are at risk of losing the knowledge and techniques of traditional seed saving and plant propagation.
By growing and saving seed from food varieties that have adapted to our unique Elk Valley climate, we are, on the global scale, contributing to the biodiversity of the world’s cultivated plants. On the local scale, we are supporting healthy, sustainable food production and food security for ourselves and our community.
We urge everyone to grow as much as their own food as they are able, to save seed from varieties that grow successfully, and to replant and share seeds they collect. This endeavor works for people with sizable gardens as well as those who only have space for a few pots on their patios or balconies.
Learn much more about growing food, planning for and saving seed at the EcoGarden Seed Swap!