The Peterborough Examiner
March 10, 2013
By: Dale Clifford

Gordon Caldwell and his sister Sharon journeyed from Whitby Sunday to take in their first Seedy Sunday at George St. United Church.

Gordon, 26, got into community gardening for the first time last year and with help from his 29-year-old sister, planted a variety of vegetables in his own plot. Sharon has planted her own herbs.

“I did it for myself and can also help others,” said Gordon. “I like to grow my own food because it is more sustainable. I have really gotten to enjoy it because it is something to plant a seed and see it grow. It was great coming today. There are a lot of choices.”

Sharon added: “I’m glad to help Gordon and I’m getting more interested in this.”

The seed sale and exchange program took place with about 25 vendors and exhibitors, including about 10 from the local area, set up at booths throughout the church basement.

It was meant to give gardeners a chance to start planning and collecting some of the best seeds available for their gardens, whether they are flower or vegetable.

Coordinator Jill Bishop, who also operated her own booth, Urban Tomato, said the event was for those selling their seeds, learning how to grow or those that have been doing it for a while and need to get their seeds for the season. In the seed exchange area people could trade for what they needed.

“The main purpose is to get people out growing their own gardens, their own food,” she stated. “The day is also to get that spring feeling and getting prepared for the season.”

She estimated about 1,200 people attended a new four-hour session

“We added an extra hour this year to give people more time,” she said.

There were also workshops on organic gardening and seed saving.

Several groups providing help and information were represented, including the Peterborough Community Garden Network, spearheaded by Peterborough Green-Up with support from the Peterborough County-City Health Unit, Fleming College and Trent University. There was also assistance from a City of Peterborough Community Projects grant.

“There was a little something for everybody, for the farmers and gardeners,” she added.

There were no proceeds from the event but donations were accepted for Seeds of Diversity Canada, a Canadian charitable organization dedicated to the conservation, documentation and use of public-domain, non-hybrid plants of Canadian significance, according to its website.

dclifford@peterboroughexaminer.com