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Seedy Sunday sign of spring

By Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer

RANKIN - Spring is coming, and Seedy Sunday is helping to get people in the mood for the season.


On Sunday, the Rankin Culture and Community Centre hosted the 11th annual Seedy Sunday event, which promotes local agriculture as well as the preservation and exchange of seeds.

The building was filled with a mix of newcomers and long time supporters of the local food movement, which encourages people to growing their own or buying food locally. Besides the vendors, local gardening and nature groups who set up shop, the heart of it remains the seed exchange, which allows people to bring their own seeds, cuttings, plants and gardening treasures to exchange with others.

There were also a series of presentations made by guest speakers, such as representatives from Firefly Meadows about the farming experience; Robbie Anderman, who discussed the power of The Healing Trees; Trish Murphy, discussing the ways and means of germinating native and wild plants. The sessions ended with the playing of a movie, Farming – More than a Lifestyle.

Diane Mills, one of the organizers of Seedy Sunday, said the day has been going nicely, with a lot of people coming through, drawn out by the nice weather.

She said the goal is to educate and promote local food, promote the passing along of local gardening knowledge and more sustainable methods of growing, and encourage people to save their own seeds to create a living seed bank.

It is also about bringing the community together to share ideas while enjoying some locally grown food, and getting to meet local food producers.

“We've always had good attendance,” Mills said.

The star attraction continues to be the seed and plant swap table, where gardeners can bring their own seeds, cuttings and plants to exchange with others.

There were also heirloom, organic, open pollinated seeds and plants for sale as well, plus a silent auction. Mills said proceeds are going to support the Seeds of Diversity Canada, (, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of heritage seeds.

Seedy Sunday is sponsored by the Ottawa River Institute. 

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