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February 26, 2010

Spring farm and garden notes

Filed under: Gardening — Jocko @ 3:31 pm


The Pender Islands Farmers’ Institute presents Pender Islands’ first “Seedy Saturday” to be held on March 6, 2010 from 10 am until 2 pm at the Pender Island Community Hall.

Featured will be a seed swap, plant sale, seed sale, garden books, Master Gardeners, and local food.

What is a Seedy Saturday?

A Seedy Saturday is a time to exchange or buy food and plant seeds, purchase plants that will grow in our area, and to get ideas from experts in all aspects of gardening.

The Seed Swap is where you can share your saved seeds with other local gardeners or buy seeds they have saved locally.  Bring your own saved seeds to donate or trade at the “Seed Exchange“.  Seeds should be cleaned, packaged in clear bags or small envelopes and labelled with the variety and year saved.  Heritage and/or organic varieties preferred.  Exchange seeds including: heirlooms, runner plants, tubers, rhizomes, bulbs, etc…  all clearly labelled.

Vendors can call to book a table to sell plants and seeds.  If you have anything that you think might fit the event call Mathilde at 250 629 3829 or Barbara 250 629 3320

Products preferred to be organic, island produced, non GMO and just plain good.

Apropos to Seedy Saturday, the Pender Island Garden Club is excited to be sponsoring the fantastically successful organic vegetable-growing workshops entitled:


which Carol McIntyre introduced to Vancouver Island throughout 2009.  An introduction to the workshops will be held on Thursday March 11th, 2010 at 1:00 pm in the Anglican Parish Hall, North Pender, and all members of the community are warmly invited to attend ($2 donation appreciated).

The first workshop will be held in the same place on Friday 12th March, 9 am – noon, $50 per person.

For more information and pre-registration (space will be limited for the workshops) – Visit:

Email:;  Phone: Carol McIntyre at 250 334-2701 or email Patricia Callendar of the Pender Island Garden Club at

Another gardening note:  The Pender Organic Community Garden Society (POCGS) will meet Sunday March 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm in the Hall lounge.  If you are interested in gardening at the community garden at the Ross Smith farm in 2010 please come out to the meeting.

Just in case, someone can benefit from this:

2011 Nuffield Farming Scholarship Applications Open

(Innisfail, AB – March 3, 2010)  The Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust is accepting applications for their 2011 program. Applications are due by April 30, 2010 and forms can be downloaded from the Nuffield Canada website at

Nuffield Farming Scholarships are awarded to enthusiastic individuals, between the ages of 25 and 45, who wish to explore topics of their choice in agriculture, land management, horticulture or the food chain. Three scholarships of $15,000 each are available for 2011.

The scholarships are awarded to men and women who are judged to have the greatest potential to create value for themselves, their industries and their communities through the doors which will be opened and the opportunities provided for life-long learning and improvement. The scholarships are awarded on the strength of the applicants’ vision, enthusiasm and determination to pursue their farming goals.

And don’t forget to check out the activities of the Pender Island Community Farmland Acquisition Project.

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