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Seedy Sunday

Exchange seeds, attend workshops and learn how to start your urban garden at our annual Seedy Sunday.

Sifting through seeds at Seedy Sunday Image: Sammy Tangir
Top image caption: Image: Sammy Tangir

Join us for our 9th annual Seedy Sunday, hosted for the first time in the recently redeveloped TD Future Cities Centre.

With gardening activities for all ages, a bustling market space, workshops hosted by industry professionals and our annual Seed Swap, there will be lots to do and learn for people of all levels of growing expertise.

Seed Swap 

Seeds in packages at the Seed Swap - labelled with their plant name and yearBring seeds you’ve saved over the years, trade them in for some that are new-to-you and plant something different in your garden this year!

New gardeners are welcome to join in and gather some seeds from the Seed Swap as you learn to create your urban garden. Supported by Seeds of Diversity and Toronto Seed Library, the Seed Swap will be bustling with local seed varieties to try this growing season.

The Seed Swap runs all day, from 10am-4pm.

Vermicomposting Tour

worms kids playing

Seedy Sunday is also a great opportunity to learn about some of the great programs at Evergreen Brick Works. Join us for tours through the Worm Wranglers' vermicomposting headquarters and learn from our urban agriculture specialist about how he keeps our gardens on site so green. The tour will highlight how we close the loop on the food waste generated on site.

Running every hour, the first tour is at 10:15am and last tour at 2:15pm.

Workshops & Tours

Explore the world of plants and agriculture in your city by joining in on these interactive workshops and tours.

Outside of the scheduled sessions, you can find workshop leads at their vendor table.

11am | Everything You Need to Know About Microgreens

Join Marc Green from The Backyard Urban Farm Company (BUFCO) as he focuses in on Microgreens and growing them in your city.

BUFCO is an award winning, organic vegetable landscaping company in Toronto founded by husband and wife team Arlene Hazzan Green and Marc Green. They are on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower urbanites to grow their own food and help them reconnect with nature. Arlene is an Organic Master Gardener and an Accredited Organic Land Care Practitioner with SOUL (Society for Organic Urban Landcare). BUFCO installs, plants, and maintains organic edible gardens in homes, schools, and businesses. They design and deliver educational programming for adults and children, contributing to the local community through leadership of volunteer projects such as The Westlodge Community Garden and Toronto Urban Growers.

Learn more about BUFCO at www.bufco.ca.

12:30pm | Definitely not your Grandma's Tomatoes: Growing Cannabis at Home

Join Matt Mernagh as he guides you through growing Cannabis at home.

Matt Mernagh is a cannabis growing specialist with many hats. He is the best selling author of Marijuana Smoker's Guidebook: The Easy Way To Identify and Enjoy Marijuana Strains. The Co-founder of annual YD Square event 420 Toronto (2006 - 2016). Host of weekly webcast The Mernahuana Zone (2011 - 2016) on PotTV and Live from Vapor Central. Mernagh has been writing marijuana features and cannabis culture themed articles since 2002, with the majority of his work appearing in NOW and Cannabis Culture. His prolific cannabis career has resulted in a slew of interesting encounters and moments, including acting as Marijuana Consultant for the Ontario Liberals and growing the largest balcony of personal Cannabis in the City of Toronto. He also hosts monthly growing classes at the Good Grass on Danforth Ave.

This workshop is 19+.

1pm | Children’s Programming with Ojibiikens

Join Ojibiiikaan Indigenous Cultural Network as they lead in their Ojiibikens Children's Programming on site.

Ojibiiikaan is an Indigenous-led non-profit offering land, food and culture based programming in Toronto and the surrounding region. Ojibiikaan means “root” in Anishinaabemowin. Ojiibikens means ‘little root.’ Ojiibikens is a land-based EarlyON program for children ages 0-6, and their siblings, parents and caregivers. Their mobile team provides Indigenous land-based programs in partnership with EarlyON centres and community organizations across Toronto. They are creating hands-on, outdoor learning environments for children that integrates language, culture, food, and physical activity. The core of land base education is about families being on and connecting with the land. Their activities will reclaim and rebuild land-based skills of growing, harvesting to preparing Indigenous foods and traditional medicines.

Learn more about Ojibiikaan at www.ojibiikaan.com.

2pm | Growing Food on Your Balcony with author Lara Lucretia

Join author Lara Lucretia for a discussion and book-signing focused around her book An Illustrated Guide to Growing Food on Your Balcony.

Lara Lucretia has been teaching and learning about growing food in small spaces since 2003. She is the author of An Illustrated Guide to Growing Food on Your Balcony and her new forthcoming illustrated book is Grow Without A Garden: 101 Plants for Containers. Lara currently works at Access Point on Danforth where she coordinates the first intensive green roof atop a Community Health Centre in Ontario. In 2011, she established productive gardens atop the 6,000 square-foot green roof and began designing the award-winning community programs that bring it to life. As a visual artist, Lara works in illustration and printmaking. Community engagement is central to both her gardening and her art practice.

2pm | Walk led by Rivers Rising

Join Helen Mills & friends as they lead you on a walk exploring nature in early spring.

There will be interesting connections and stories about the history of food, seeds, gardens and water at the mouth of Mud Creek.  

Rivers Rising explores Toronto’s communities to discover local stories where food, waterways, history and cultures intersect.  Rivers Rising is a collaborative project of the Toronto Green Community’s Lost Rivers program, the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto’s First Story program and the Toronto Community Garden Network (TCGN).

Learn more about the Rivers Rising program at www.torontogreen.ca.

All day | UP4 The Challenge

For youth in grades 7-10, UP4 The Challenge is offering drop-in style, human-centered design activities.

You will be challenged to create a physical prototype that addresses a social or environmental issue in your community and can support people to live more sustainably. Be prepared to be inspired by how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) support the social outcomes from your design!

UP4 The Challenge inspires, guides and supports students to use STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to tackle social issues and needs in collaboration with local not for profit organizations.

Learn more about UP4 The Challenge at www.up4wise.wixsite.com/up4thechallenge.

While you’re here, join us for our usual Weekend Public Site Tour and discover how Evergreen reclaimed and revitalized this former industrial site into an award-winning environmental community centre and green-technology showcase.

Dates & Times

Date: March 17, 2019 | 10:00am–4:00pm

Prices & Fees

General admission: Suggested donation of $2

General admission plus workshops: Suggested donation of $5

Admission is free for children under 6.

Weekend Public Site Tour: Additional suggested donation of $5

Location

Google Map of Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto ON

TD Future Cities Centre at Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave, Toronto ON, M4W 3X8

Wheelchair accessibleThis event is wheelchair-accessible.