Seedy Sunday visitors filled the Perth Legion on Sunday, March 5 with excited conversation. The event, organized by the Perth Farmer’s Market as part of Seeds of Diversity’s seed saving awareness, brought together vendors and information tables with the goal of promoting the conservation of heritage and endangered seed varieties.
Many members of the Perth Farmer’s Market are small-scale farmers who enjoy collecting a variety of seeds and who also, according to Sarah Mackenzie who helped organize Seedy Sunday, “are adversely affected by global trends towards large scale companies that increasingly patent and hybridize seeds, making them less affordable as well as losing the unique qualities of heritage and heirloom seeds.”
At times it was elbow to elbow with people vying for space in front of the seed swap table where people could bring saved seeds or plant cuttings to exchange for other seeds.
Booths were set up selling organic vegetable seed, goat’s milk soap and body lotion, locally grown and milled buckwheat flour, and wool from a local fibre mill.
A table from Rare Breeds Canada boasted several kinds of wool from heritage breeds of sheep.
Upstairs, nine community organizations participated in talks about some aspect of sustainability or cultivation, such as the use of cover crops, an introduction to beekeeping and composting with worms.