SATURDAY: 10th NOVEMBER 2-5PM WALKLEY
COMMUNITY HALL, FIR STREET S6 3TG
is a Seedy Saturday?
An opportunity for local gardeners and growers to meet up to share and
exchange seeds they have saved: keeping unusual varieties alive and
saving traditional crops from extinction and passing on heirloom seeds
that have been adapted to local growing conditions.
Gardeners and growers have always known the value of saving their own
seed and passing them on to their friends and fellow growers. This event
is a chance to be part of a bigger network of seed-savers. Seedy Saturday
events were pioneered in Canada by the Seed Savers Exchange. They are
now happening across the UK (see www.seedysunday.org)
seeds? Seeds have are a symbol of wealth and renewal. They
represent hope for the future, resilience, a concentrated store of value.
Seeds are the most valuable crop we can grow. If you know a few basics,
you can avoid problems like cross-pollination and produce seed that’s
as good as what you buy. Many people are now worried about the issues
involved with seeds, such as the monopolisation of the market by chemical
companies or the introduction of genetically-modified strains.
Local? We are appealing for seeds with “local provenance”,
heirloom varieties which might have been in the family for years. We
have a variety of salad Tomato, Scarlet Knight, which has been grown
in Sheffield for more than 40 years. When a seed is grown in a particular
area or microclimate over three generations, it actually adapts genetically
to local conditions, making it more robust and likely to succeed.
happening on the day / at the event?
It will be a bit like a jumble sale for seeds. We can guarantee that
there will be more than 100 varieties grown on local allotments and
projects. All are welcome even if you haven’t got any seeds to
swap please come along and learn about this culturally vital art and
how to become part of the global network of seed savers.
N.B. You need to bring suitable paper containers for seeds, small paper
bags or wage envelopes are fine.
The Venue: Walkley Community Centre is 100 m on the left up Fir Street
off South Road. Fir St is opposite the Post Office on South Road and
behind the Walkley Learning Centre. The venue is not fully wheelchair