Event Schedule

Seedy Saturday

Saturday, February 11, 2023, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Britannia Teen Centre, 1661 Napier Street (map)
Entry by suggested coin ($2) donation; all ages welcome

Join us for our first-ever (little) Seedy Saturday to kick-off 2023! We’ll have free seeds, a community seed swap, fun activities, and prize draws.

(A quick note: we’re striving to minimize waste from this event. Where possible, please bring your own containers, envelopes, and baggies to take home seeds. We will only have a limited quantity of empty seed envelopes available for the event.)

Seedy Saturdays (or Sundays) are low/no-cost grassroots community events dedicated to the distribution and exchange of seeds (typically open-pollinated or heritage varieties). It’s not one event but a series of separate ones, each individually organized – like ours!

Community Seed Swap

The seed swap is where community members can trade seeds with other visitors. It is not mandatory to bring seeds to swap, but we encourage you to because it helps make the event more fun and interactive. There are a few things to keep in mind:

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– Vegetable, herb, and flower seeds– Live plant material (e.g. cuttings, bulbs, seedlings, etc.)
– Seeds should ideally be no older than 2 years (saved or purchased)– Seeds from invasive plants, grocery produce, or cannabis
– Open-pollinated varieties preferred– Anything with soil

Ahead of the event, please clean your seeds, portion them into packets for sharing, and label each clearly with the type of seed, year saved, and any additional information (e.g. number of seeds in each packet).

What’s a good amount to put in each packet? There’s no minimum, but one guideline is to include an amount that would be reasonable for someone trying the variety for the first time without having too little or too much. If you’re sharing tomato seeds (or peppers, eggplant, cucumber, squash, etc.), 3 to 5 seeds per packet is often sufficient. For larger seeds like beans or peas, maybe 5 to 8. For those itty bitty seeds (lettuce, brassicas, mustards, etc.), a scant pinch could work.

Getting There

Britannia Teen Centre is north of the Information Centre and east of the pool (building #26, map). Access it from Napier Greenway (or the intersecting alley, behind Choices), from the parking lot, or from Parker Street.

Bus: #20 bus service on Commercial Drive; closest bus stops are Napier Street (northbound) or Parker Street (southbound)
Parking: Access parking lot from Britannia north entrance, on Venables and Cotton; walk up the stairs towards the pool (or go through the elevator), and then turn right
Bikes: Nearby racks available outside Teen Centre and Britannia Library

Accessibility

We strongly recommend that visitors wear a mask during their visit. Masks and hand sanitizer available. If you’re feeling ill, please stay home.

Priority hour (11:00 – 12:00)
Reserved for people who are immunocompromised, seniors / elders, have young children, and/or wish to visit in a masked environment. We ask that all visitors wear a mask during our priority hour.

Curb ramp access from alleyway intersecting with Napier Greenway, behind Choices. Washrooms available on site.

Supporters

We could not have put this event on without the support of community supporters and organizations.

Seed Library Pop-Ups

Visit one of our pop-ups to pick up a free Garden Seed Box! We’ll have available pre-made kits and smaller bundles that you can use to create your own. Seed saving booklets also available for a suggested small coin donation.

While quantities last; first come, first serve. Limit one kit per household per visit.

(Below are our working dates and locations; to be confirmed in early 2023.)

Britannia Library

1661 Napier Street
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

  • February 25
  • March 25
  • April 22
  • May 27
Spartacus Books *

101-1983 Commercial Drive
11:30 am – 2:00 pm

  • March 11
  • April 8
  • May 6
  • June 17

* Current as of December 2022, Spartacus Books requires that visitors to their space wear a mask when visiting. We ask that folks coming to our pop-ups respect and observe the requirements of our venue.