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Seedy Saturday helps gardeners gear up

Laurelle Oldford-Down from Urban Fruitery. - Amanda Oye
Laurelle Oldford-Down from Urban Fruitery.
— image credit: Amanda Oye

All of the things needed to grow food at home were bought, sold and traded at the 6th annual Seedy Saturday event, held by the Richmond Food Security Society at Thompson Community Centre last Saturday.

“The Seedy Saturday events in general were started to help gardeners out,” said Erika Simms, Richmond Food Society program co-ordinator. “It’s really popular."

Seedy Saturday events are held every year in several locations across the Lower Mainland.

There were a dozen community information booths and venders set up at the Richmond event this year, selling everything from mushrooms to fruit trees to a wide variety of seeds.

There was also a seed exchange for gardeners and fun activities for kids to participate in.

The Food Security Society holds the event every year “to show the importance of growing your own food,” Simms said.

We depend a lot on food coming in from far away places when we should be lessening our reliance on them, she said.

“We need to start growing our own food.”

For those just beginning to grow food, beans and peas are a great place to start.

“They’re easy to grow for anyone,” said Simms.

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