Get Ready to Plant! Seedy Sunday is March 6!

Celebrate Seeds and The People Who Nurture the Seed

The purpose of Seedy Sunday Nanaimo is to educate and engage the community in the preservation of heritage seeds through an annual seed exchange event. The Seedy Sunday event is a vital element in the cultivation and co-creation of sustainable communities. This event includes a seed exchange, educational workshops and displays that foster home gardening, local agriculture and sustainable practices which do not rely on the use of toxic chemicals.
Everybody is welcome to attend this popular annual event. Trade or purchase organic and non-hybrid seeds, native plants, bee houses, rain barrels and other tools for self-reliance. There will also be an activity centre for kids! Bring your own seeds to the seed exchange table.

This popular event, which is put on by the Nanaimo Foodshare Society and the Nanaimo Community Garden Society, traditionally takes place on the first Sunday of every March, just in time for gardeners to pick up a great variety of seeds, seedlings, and other gardening material and supplies. The focus is on, but not limited to, organic, heritage and heirloom seed varieties. Attendees should be sure to bring their own well marked seeds to trade at the seed exchange table.

Nanaimo District Senior Secondary
Sunday March 6, 2016
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Admission $3.00

Inquire:  seedysunday@shaw.ca

Greenhouse fund receives $40K grant

News Links

Gardens society ready to put down roots at Beban Park
Nanaimo News Bulletin, Sept. 9, 2015

Beban Park gets new greenhouses
Nanaimo Daily News, Sept. 9, 2015

Our greenhouse fund has received a big boost in the form of a $40,000 grant from the Federated Co-operatives Limited Community Spaces program. And we’re in the running to receive an additional $25,000 from the same program. The greenhouse fund will be used to build our new greenhouses in Beban Park. We recently signed a 10-year lease with the City of Nanaimo for space in the park and, combined with the new funds, that means we can start the next phase of the project.

There are 16 organizations in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba that received the 2015 Community Spaces awards, with amounts ranging from $25,000 to $90,000. Each organization applied for a grant within one of the categories: recreation, environmental conservation, or urban agriculture. Obviously, our application was made within the urban agriculture category. The Community Spaces program, according to the Co-op’s website, “has been developed to help protect, beautify and improve spaces across Western Canada.”

But, while the $40K has been given to us, and is in the bank, we need your help to get the additional $25,000. Of those 16 organizations that received grants, four, one from each of the western provinces, have been selected to compete for that $25K. The competition is all online: it’s people – you – voting for us to receive the money. The organization that receives the most votes, before Friday, September 25, will receive the $25K.

Here’s what to do:
Vote on the web
(Note: You need to have a Facebook account to vote on the web.)

  • Click on this link to go to the Community Spaces voting website
  • On the page that comes up, you will see the four competing organizations listed under the heading “Our Finalists”. We are at the top left. votingSelection
  • Click “Select” under “Nanaimo Greenhouse Project”
  • Fill in the form at the bottom of the page.
  • You will be taken to the Facebook login page; you must log in with your Facebook account.
  • You should now see a “Thanks for voting!” page.
  • Well Done! And Thank You!

Vote via email
Contact the Community Gardens administrator, Lee, at leehaleys@hotmail.com for instructions.

And Hey! You can vote more than once!. In fact, you can vote once every day. Make it your daily routine with your morning coffee or tea. Go to the Community Spaces voting website every day until Sept. 25 and vote for the Nanaimo Greenhouse Project.

Greenhouse update

2015 is the last year we will be operating in our present greenhouse, but we are working hard and negotiating with local authorities to set up another site so we can continue to offer seedlings to the community in 2016.

Help us build out new greenhouses! Learn more about the new site we’ve chosen and how we’re going to get there.