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Evergreen Brick Works 6th Annual Seedy Sunday

Evergreen Brick Works 6th Annual Seedy Sunday

Evergreen Brick Works 6th Annual Seedy Sunday

Seedy Sunday

Evergreen’s 6th annual Seedy Sunday is a one-day event that brings together scientists, agronomists, plant breeders and community seed savers to share knowledge about developing varieties of open pollinated seeds that are well-adapted to local communities. 

This year's event will include 30 seed and gardening vendors, a Community Supported Agriculture fair, community & gardening workshops, a seed exchange area where hundreds of seed packages are traded, and a main stage for expert talks and panel discussions.

Price: Give $5 or what you can to support the education and celebration of seed saving all year round.


10:00 - 3:00pm | Community Seed Exchange

Time: 10:00 to 3:00pm

Location: Young Welcome Centre

Description:  Whether you’ve got a green thumb or are new to gardening, there are seeds for everyone to grow something special. This exchange is where local gardeners share all types of seeds from local vegetables to well-adapted-to-Toronto florals. You're welcome to drop in throughout the day as the exchanges don't stop until 3:00 p.m.! 

In partnership with Seeds of Diversity and the Toronto Seed Library.

10:00 - 3:00pm | Seed Market & CSA Fair

Time: 10:00 - 3:00pm 

Location: BMO Atrium (Young Welcome Centre building)

Description: Seeds for sale! Get ready for growing season by purchasing your favourite seeds from local vendors truly passionate and informed about what you intend to plant in your garden. 

10:00 - 2:00pm | Meet the Author | Urban Orchard Growing with Author Susan Poizner

Time: 10:00 - 2:00pm

Location: Evergreen Garden Market (outside on South side)

Description: Growing Fruit Trees Can Be Easy with the award-winning book by author Susan Poizner, Growing Urban Orchards who will be demonstrating some of tips and tricks on fruit tree pruning, pest and disease prevention, and fertility management. She will also be available to sign copies of her book. 

Facilitator background: Susan Poizner is an urban orchardist and fruit tree care consultant and educator. She is the creator of the Online Fruit Tree Care Training Program at Orchard People. Susan teaches hands-on fruit tree care workshops both in Toronto and beyond where she helps homeowners, organizations and community groups to plan their orchards and care for their fruit trees. 

10:00 - 4:00pm | Seed Exploration & Planting in the Children's Garden

Time: 10:00 - 4:00pm

Location: Children's Garden

Description: Seeds are a celebration sign that spring is finally on its way. Come play with us in the Children’s Garden and use all of your senses to look, taste, touch, feel and even plant a seed of your very own. We'll play and explore with all the different shapes and colours of seeds and see how they travel through the wind and water, and even with the help of birds and animals.  

10:00 - 3:00pm | Worm Share Table

Time: 10:00 - 3:00pm

Location: Young Welcome Centre

Description: Interested in composting with worms but don’t know where to start?  Evergreen’s Worm Wrangler volunteers are here to help you get your worm compost started. Drop by our Worm Share table to learn about bin-building, worm-care and walk away with some free worms to start your bin at home! If you're interested in learning even more, pop over to the Burrow Eco Club House. 

10:00 -2:00pm | Volunteer Info Booth

Time: 10:00 - 2:00pm

Location: Young Welcome Centre

Description: Learn more about your city and neighbours by volunteering at Evergreen Brick Works. Drop by our display and learn about all the exciting volunteer opportunities available to you. You will also get a chance to ask staff any questions about our volunteer opportunities.

Check our current volunteer roles online or register to attend ahead of time by creating a volunteer profile and signing up via the opportunities tab.

10:30 - 11:00am & 2:30 - 3:00pm | Meet the artist- Nyle Johnston from the Chippewa’s of Nawash First Nations

Time: 10:30 - 11:00am and 2:30 to 3:00pm

Location: Young Welcome Centre 

Description: Meet the artist behind the painting featured in Evergreen Brick Works Seedy Sunday and CSA Market poster. Nyle Migizi Johnston (WiishkoonhsehMigizi'enhNini, Whistling Eagle Man), is of the Little People Clan from the Neyaashiinigmiing First Nations.

Artist background: Nyle was born and raised on his beautiful reserve on the Saugeen Peninsula (Bruce Peninsula). He took a keen interest in painting and art at a very young age. Sources of his artistic inspiration include woodland painters, Story-Tellers and the traditions of his culture. Johnston paints the stories of the Anishinaabe people in order to raise awareness of their unique histories as they in turn inform his process. He is an Oshkaabewis (Traditional Helper) and experienced muralist. Johnston currently lives and work in Toronto, Ontario.  You can follow him on Twitter

11:00 - 12:00pm | Workshop | How to Grow from Seed for Beginners

Time: 11:00 - 12:00pm

Location: Blake's Room (Young Welcome Centre- 2nd floor)

Description: Learn tips and tricks of growing plants from seed with Toronto Master Gardener's Gwen Rattle in this introductory workshop sure to inspire any budding gardener. Topics to be covered include the benefits of growing from seed, how to source and store seeds, germination, equipment required and how to care for seedlings throughout their growing cycle. 

Facilitator background: Master gardener Gwen Rattle has truly embraced her passion in her retirement and spends most of her days seeking out the latest must-have perennials when she's not in her own garden. She's an active volunteer at the Weston Family Library and Toronto Botanical Garden and loves sharing her knowledge with anyone keen to learn. 

11:00 - 3:00pm | Seed Ball Making

Time: 11:00 - 3:00pm

Location: The Burrow Eco Club House

Description: Come join us in the Burrow Eco Club House for its opening weekend and get your hands dirty making native wildflower seed balls to give back to the Evergreen Brick Works site. Pop in anytime during the day to participate. 

11:00 - 3:00pm | Meet the Worms

Time: 11:00 - 3:00pm

Location: The Burrow Eco Club House

Description: Meet the Evergreen Brick Works Worm Wranglers and the creatures they care for to learn about the amazing world of vermicomposting! Explore the role of decomposers in soil making with worms. Pop in anytime during the day to participate. 

11:00 - 2:00pm | Bike Part Swap

Time: 11:00 - 2:00pm

Location: Bike Works 

Description: Have a basement or garage bins full of bike parts you don’t know what to do with? Is your partner constantly harping on you to get rid of your bike things? If you've got bike parts and accessories that you no longer need but are in working condition? Come to Bike Works for our first annual Part Swap and exchange your things for other things you want more. A $2 participation fee will help keep Bike Works running all year round.

11:30 - 12:00pm | Talk | International Organic Movements

Time: 11:30 - 12:00pm

Location: BMO Atrium

Description: This 20-minute discussion will be about refugee crisis and land degradation in Africa and the Middle East. A 10-minute question and answer period will follow. 

Facilitator background: Chuck Mitchell is an organic farm inspector who operates an organic livestock and crop farm in Meaford Ontario.  For 31 years, he worked for USDA Soil Conservation Service.  Chuck has over 40 years of experience working in developing countries in land and water conservation.  He brings a passionate voice to the organic agriculture movement and will inspire you with tales from his experiences and learnings in Africa and the Middle East.

11:30- 2:00pm | Live Music at the Jukebox

Time: 11:30 - 2:00pm

Location: Container Market in the Kilns

Description: Meet us at the Jukebox to dance and listen to a family-friendly performer.

12:00 - 1:00pm | Workshop | Container Gardening

Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm

Location:  Blake's Room (Young Welcome Centre- 2nd Floor)

Description: If you ever wanted to grow your own food but only have a patio or small space, this is the workshop for you. Backyard Urban Farm Company (BUFCO) is an award-winning, organic vegetable landscaping business that builds, plants and maintains edible gardens across Toronto. Rooted in food security and climate change concerns, BUFCO seeks to inspire others to try growing their own food. Join co-founder Arlene Hazzan Green as she shares advice and techniques from her experience in urban container gardening that will help your first harvest a success. Topics include: evaluating your own garden site, selecting the right plants and garden designs, soil mixes, fertilizers, food security, and watering methods. 

Facilitator background: Arlene Hazzan Green is an Emmy-award winning television director and an avid gardener turned entrepreneur. In addition to running BUFCO she currently sits on the steering committee of the Toronto Urban Growers and is the volunteer community garden coordinator of the Westlodge Community Garden in Parkdale. 

12:00 - 1:00pm | Yoga & Meditation

Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm

Location: Meeting Room 2- Young Welcome Centre

Description: Improve your self-awareness, strength and flexibility with Hatha yoga classes in the calming, natural setting at Evergreen Brick Works. Classes are appropriate for all levels of ability. For fees or more information on yoga at Evergreen Brick Works, please click here. 

12:00 - 2:00pm | Fat Bike Rides

Time: 12:00 - 2:00pm

Location: Sweet Pete's (Container Market location)

Description: With super-wide knobby tires, fat bikes are the hottest thing in cycling. They're built to handle lots of different terrain with ease—including snowy trails in the winter. The Don Valley cycling experts at Evergreen Brick Works know all of the best winter trails. Bring your fat bike or rent one for $20/hour or $75/day

12:30-1:00pm | Talk |The Vertical Farming Revolution

Time: 12:30 - 1:00pm

Location: BMO Atrium

Description: Whether you want to grow food for your family in your living room year-round or have aspirations of growing food vertically inside a shipping container or large warehouse, Eric Amyot of Modular Farms will answer your questions in this short 20-minute presentation. This 20-minute discussion will be about vertical farming. A 10-minute question and answer period will follow. 

Facilitator background: Eric Amyot is Eric the CEO and co-founder of Modular Farms. Modular Farms designs and manufactures indoor farm solutions for beginners and commercial farmers alike. Modular Farms has or will build a solution to suit your needs.  In addition to designing and manufacturing a new generation of container farms, Eric is also the vice president and co-founder of Smart Greens that operates the Smart Greens Network of farms across Canada. 

1:00 - 2:00pm | Workshop | Growing BIG in Small Spaces

Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm

Location: Blake's Room (Young Welcome Centre- 2nd Floor) 

Description: Growing big harvests in small spaces is made easy in this 1-hour session that is perfect for patio and windowsill-growers alike. Learn limitless possibilities of what to grow, how to grow and how to care for your produce and herbs with expert gardener Kyla Dixon-Muir.

Facilitator background: Kayla Dixon-Muir is the volunteer Development Coordinator at the Riverdale Meadow Community Garden in Toronto. Kyla is an active gardener who saves seeds from a wide range of crops and propagates plants using a variety of methods. Growing foods, using organic practices and low-cost methods, Kyla's garden flourishes year-round. 

2:00 -3:00pm | Workshop | Having Fun with Fungi

Time: 2:00 - 3:00pm

Location: Blake's Room (Young Welcome Centre- 2nd Floor)

Description: Join in the fungus with Summer Green Farm's Derick Greenly discussing gourmet and medicinal mushroom production for any gardening space.

Facilitator background: Entering his 4th year of growing gourmet mushrooms on the woody surplus of his childhood home farm, Derick Greenly has found his life's work in mycology and agroforestry. He has installed mushroom growing projects in gardens, woodlots, containers and indoor spaces alike. His newest challenge has been the sweet spot between tree crops nursery production and naturalized fungal harvest. 

2:30 - 3:00pm | Talk | Fertilizing with Insect Poop

Time: 2:30 - 3:00pm 

Location: BMO Atrium

Description: Join Darren Goldin for this enlightening 20-minute discussion on the advantages of fertilizing and nourishing your garden with insect poop. A 10-minute question and answer period will follow. 

Facilitator background: Darren Goldin from Entomo Farms founded Reptile Feeders with his younger brother and 10 years ago.  Since then, Reptile Feeders have become the largest producer of insects as feed for reptiles in North America servicing pet stores across the country.

In 2014, Darren co-founded Next Millennium Farms (now Entomo Farms) with the vision of bringing entomophagy, the eating of insects, into the mainstream in North America to improve human health and the health of our planet. Entomo Farms has become a leader in innovative farming practices for the next generation of Canadian agriculture and won many awards for its innovation in sustainable development.

10:00 - 5:00pm | Container Market

Time: 10:00 - 5:00pm

Location: The Kilns

Description: Popular local chefs will draw you in with the aromas of a diverse selection of street food prepared with local and seasonal ingredients in the Container Market. They're coming in food trucks, taking space in shipping container kitchens, or just popping up their equipment in the space around the Kilns. It's festive, not fussy. And whatever you eat will certainly be delicious.

10:00 - 5:00pm | The Sipping Container

Time: 10:00 - 5:00pm

Location: The Kilns

Description: Get that warm fuzzy feeling with a sip of something delicious from the Sipping Container. With options like hot apple cider from Bizjak Farms, one-of-a-kind tea blends from Pluck Teas and locally roasted, sustainable-sourced Arabica coffee beans from Merchants of Green Coffee, there's something for everyone. For the adults, there is a rotating selection of Ontario craft beer and a monthly-themed cocktail featuring local ingredients. 

10:00 - 5:00pm | Welcome Hut

Time: 10:00 - 5:00pm

Location: Container Market in the Kilns

Description: The Evergreen Welcome Hut is nestled in the heart of the container market in the Kilns at Evergreen Brick Works. Make sure you get there just after 10:00 a.m. for the Opening Circle with Brother Wolf to learn all the exciting actives of the day.

The Welcome Hut is also a hub for different activities. Evergreen Brick Works guided site tours start here. Or you can explore the site yourself on a scavenger hunt or with a storienteering map to navigate around with fun surprises along the way. Our guided walks through the Don Valley also finish here.

You can also borrow the pieces to play games of giant Jenga, Corn Hole and Molkky. Not sure what they are or how to play? Don’t worry, the Welcome Hut greeter will gladly help you out. There’s also a selection of board games to borrow if you want something a little bit more relaxed.

For hockey fans, there’s drop-in ball hockey to play at different spots at Evergreen Brick Works. This is a casual more family-friendly game with strict rules to ensure everyone’s safety. You need to bring-your-own-stick. Helmets aren’t required because it will be a low-key, all ages game. Find out the location of the day, rent nets and a ball from the Welcome Hut.

Sign out games for one hour. Games are available first come first serve. A suggested $5 donation will help us keep all kids connected with nature.

Dates & Times

March 20, 2016 | 10:00am–3:00pm

Prices & Fees

Suggested donation of $5


Ashlee Cooper 




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