What's On

Seedy Sunday and CSA Fair

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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 seed and gardening vendors, a Community Supported Agriculture fair, gardening workshops, and a seed exchange area where hundreds of seed packages are traded. Bring your own seeds to trade or buy new ones onsite. 

Schedule

10am to 3pm | Community Seed Exchange

Time: 10:00am 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. This exchange is where local gardeners share all types of seeds.

Share seeds with local gardeners in the Seed Exchange.  Come find something you don’t already grow. 

New to gardening? No problem!  Find donated seeds you might like to try and bring them back next year.

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

10am to 3pm | Seed Market & CSA Fair

Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm 

Location: BMO Atrium (Young Welcome Centre building)

Description: The Seed Market at Evergreen is your opportunity to get ready for the growing season. Purchase your favourite seeds, perhaps pick up some new varieties or simply commit to support a local farmer. Make sure you also take the opportunity to check every vendor. Bring your questions as they will sure help you get the answers. Other exhibitors include local sustainable gardening companies as well as non-profit partners promoting sustainable agriculture. 

Our Community Shared Agriculture Fair is in its 4th year.  Meet some fabulous local farmers offering unique CSA programs that fit your palette, budget and lifestyle.   

List of vendors coming soon!

10am to 3pm | Worm Share

Time: 10am - 3pm

Location: Young Welcome Centre and Burrow

Description: New to composting? Evergreen’s Worm Wranglers want to help you get your worm compost started.  Drop by our table all day to learn about our amazing system, pick up some valuable resources and ask all the questions you have.  Worms to start your bin are available by donation.

Formal demonstrations happening at 12pm and 2pm.

10am to 4pm | Children's Garden Seed Exploration and Planting

Time: 10am - 4pm

Location: Children's Garden

Description: Seeds are a sign and celebration that spring is on its way! Come play with us in the Children’s Garden.  Get your hands dirty this Seedy Sunday helping us make native wildflower seed balls for site restoration and start seeds for our Greenhouse and Cold-frames. Visitors can even choose to plant a seed to take home with them by donation.

10:30am | Musical Performance by Moyo

Time: 10:30am - 11am

Location: BMO Atrium

Description: Moyo is a Gwenyambira; a master player of the Mbira instrument from Zimbabwe. Drawing from a large repertoire of ritual and ceremonial songs from ancient Mbira music traditions, Moyo performs dance and contemplative pieces that are consistently trance inducing. Moyo moves between sounds, where in one instance he harnesses the powerful sound of mbira connecting audiences to their meditative and spiritual cores and another he scratches the mbira luring audiences into serendipitous movement. Moyo accompanies the mbira with prepossessing chants, yoddles, narrations and stories. Listening to Moyo's music is a healing, relaxing and joyful experience.

11am to 12pm | Workshop | Starting from Seed

Time: 11am - 12pm

Description: Enter the exciting world of growing plants from seed!

  • Why grow from seed
  • What is a seed and where to get seeds
  • Tools and equipment needed to grow seeds indoors
  • Seed germination – how and when to start your seeds
  • Caring for seedlings
  • Solving problems and keeping plants healthy
  • Starting seeds outdoors, collecting and storing seeds

Facilitator Bio: CLAIRE TREPANIER, ORGANIC MASTER GARDENER

Claire has her Diploma in Horticulture from Guelph University and a Certificate of Landscape Design from Ryerson University.   She conducts workshops on Pollinator Gardens, Gardening in Small spaces and Organic gardening. Claire believes that life is enriched by learning and recently received her designation as an Organic Master Gardener through Gaia College.  She is always researching and implementing sustainable organic techniques specifically for urban areas; from rooftops and yards to community spaces. She shares her passion for learning by coaching homeowners and children. She believes that every home is a garden waiting to blossom in harmony with nature.

11am to 6pm | Street Food Market

Time: 11am - 6pm

Location: The Pavilions at Evergreen Brick Works

Description: Enjoy the road less travelled at our new Street Food Market. Explore a collection of local, street-inspired and family-friendly eateries from across the GTA.

From Tibet to Mexico, Taiwan to India, Hungary to Vietnam, Switzerland to Sri Lanka, the UK and more, gather your friends and family as you explore vendors in the great outdoors.

11am to 6pm | The Sipping Container

Time: 11am - 6pm

Location: The Pavilions at Evergren Brick Works

Description: Take a pause from the hustle and bustle with a drink.

In the heart of the Pavilions you'll find a place that'll fill you with a hot beverage or cool craft beer. Pair your food with a drink, sit at picnic tables with your friends or simply stop by for a quick sip of something warm at The Sipping Container.

There's one-of-a-kind tea blends from Pluck Teas, Black River juices and natural sodas and coffee from Merchants of Green Coffee supplying locally roasted, sustainable sourced Arabica coffee beans. Plus there’s always an option to “spike your drink,” with a variety of spirits!

Also, check out our rotating selection of Ontario craft beer.

11:30am | Musical Performance by Moyo

Time: 11:30am - 12pm

Location: BMO Atrium

Description: Moyo is a Gwenyambira; a master player of the Mbira instrument from Zimbabwe. Drawing from a large repertoire of ritual and ceremonial songs from ancient Mbira music traditions, Moyo performs dance and contemplative pieces that are consistently trance inducing. Moyo moves between sounds, where in one instance he harnesses the powerful sound of mbira connecting audiences to their meditative and spiritual cores and another he scratches the mbira luring audiences into serendipitous movement. Moyo accompanies the mbira with prepossessing chants, yoddles, narrations and stories. Listening to Moyo's music is a healing, relaxing and joyful experience.

12pm to 1pm | Workshop | Intro to Urban Beekeeping & Honeybee Biology

Time: 12pm - 1pm

Location: Blake's Room on the second floor of the Young Welcome Centre

Description: Explore some of the unique challenges and advantages to small-scale urban beekeeping, discover the social world inside a hive of honeybees, and gain a new appreciation for the free pollination services they and other pollinators provide us every day.

Facilitator Bio: Blake Retter is an urban beekeeper with a background in education and entomology. His company, Alveole, uses the hive as platform to engage students, office workers, chefs, artists, and residents in hands-on workshops that teach people about the importance of pollinators, all while helping them produce their own raw, hyper-local honey.

https://www.alveole.buzz/en/

12pm to 2pm | Fat Bike Group Rides

Time: 12pm - 2pm

Location: Bike Works at Evergreen Brick Works

Description:

Weather dependant!

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) and join one of the group rides scheduled from December through March.

12pm & 3pm (1hr each) | First Story Tours

Time: 12pm & 3pm (1hr each)

Location: Young Welcome Centre 

Description: Indigenous Foods & medicines of the Lower Don Ravine – Join First Story tour leaders on a walk around the site to learn more about traditional gathering and agriculture within the Lower Don river and ravine systems of Toronto which multiple nations have called home. Meet in Young Welcome Centre.

1pm to 2pm | Keynote Address

Time: 1pm - 2pm

Location: Blake's Room on the second floor of the Young Welcome Centre

Description: 

Description: "Ceremony In Agriculture", is  a way to reflect upon our interaction with the earth upon which we live. We are gardeners who "do gardening" but it is important to understand that "gardening is done to us" as we fulfil our original instructions.
Facilitator Bio:Terrylynn Brant, Sera:Sera, Mohawk nation, Turtle Clan, Tekarihoken lineage, was born and spent most of her life on the Six Nations territory. She is an educator, teaching everything from JK-8, to Mohawk language and teacher's college. She co-authored the book Culturally Relevant Aboriginal Education, published by Pearson Education. She has spent her life as an indigenous knowledge-holder and community seedkeeper. She uses indigenous gardening techniques passed on from ancestors to specialize in the growing of Haudenosaunee foods. She lived for 25 years in an off-grid solar home as a way of walking the talk of sovereignty. She currently embraces the simple lifestyle as she develops a sustainable living school where all races are welcome to come and experience grass roots living.

www.seedkeeper.ca

2pm to 3pm | Workshop | All About Aquaponics

Time: 2pm - 3pm

Location: Young Welcome Centre

Description: Wondering what aquaponics is and why are people so excited about it?  Join resident farmers Ripple Aquaponics as they introduce this system which marries the practice of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) together in one integrated system.  Learn about how aquaponics is providing another sustainable alternative to fight food security and how you can get started.   

Facilitator Bio: Ripple Farms is on the leading edge of agri-tech innovation in Ontario. Our growing nodal network of Ripple Urban Farms seeks to inspire future generations while combating food security. Our systems are simple to operate and elegant in design - we grow 365 days a year using 97% less resources and packing 8X the density of traditional farming, all while staying local and organic.  

www.ripplefarms.ca

Dates & Times

Date: March 5, 2017 | 10:00am–3:00pm

Prices & Fees

Suggested donation of $2

Contact

Ashlee Cooper acooper@evergreen.ca

Isaac Crosby icrosby@evergreen.ca

Location

Google Map of Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto ON

Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave, Toronto ON, M4W 3X8

Wheelchair accessibleThis event is wheelchair-accessible.