Seedy Sunday

“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.

The Seed Swap is the core of our Seedy Sunday event. Bring any extra saved seeds for vegetables and flowers to swap. The swap table is always busy and full of different varieties of seed for you to take home and try growing this spring!

Each year, highlights of Seedy Sunday include:
• Seed exchange table
• free workshops included in admission (see below)
• 40 +Exhibitors -Want to exhibit? Contact us at
• Local, BC, open-pollinated, organic and natural seeds for sale
• Seedlings, plants, small fruits, succulents for sale
• Displays
• Garden & food products
• Fertilizers
• Kids’ activities

• Master Gardeners
• Food Truck


Workshops online and in person included in your admission to Seedy Sunday!

In Person Workshops held March 5, 2023 at Beban Learning Gardens during Seedy Sunday event.

March 5 Workshops.

Seed Saving 101 with Jennie Wharton 1030

Backyard Livestock at Any Scale with Ben Glassen 1130.

Soil Yourself – The basics of creating the perfect soil for your garden with Aaron Grant. 1230

Agrihoods and Adapting to Climate Change with Chris Brown 1330

More info on tickets and location here:


Beban Learning Gardens is across the parking lot from Centennial Building.  Between the VIEX grounds and the Golf Course.


Please see the poster below for information about Seedy Sunday 2023