Late Nov. Events

SeedExchangePosterNov 28 Earthrythm Festival
This day long event that blends, Art, Music, Dance and Wisdom into an interactive immersive, and expressive experience to honor the Earth, and our connection with her. The Toronto Seed Library will be tabling throughout the day and volunteer & board member Maria Kasstan will be a part of the panel discussion at 5pm. For more information visit the event’s website by clicking here.

Nov 28 Toronto People’s Assembly on Climate Justice
This event will take place from 9am-5:30pm at the University of Toronto’s Haultain Building at the rear of 170 College St and is FREE. As part of a global call for actions on climate justice, the Toronto People’s Assembly on Climate Justice 2015 will bring together activists, organizations, people from all walks of life for an open forum to discuss community-based responses to the climate crisis. This event is also a direct response to the 2015 United Nations Conference of the Parties talks on the climate in Paris (November 30th to December 11th), and seeks to find alternatives outside of government and industry initiatives, which have served the interests of the rich, rather than people today or our collective future.

The Toronto People’s Assembly on Climate Justice will feature workshops, panels, and assemblies on themes include analyzing climate issues through lenses of race, class, migration & war, gender, health & food justice, local issues of municipal accountability, divestment, anti-capitalist alternatives, and indigenous land rights, sovereignty & solidarity. Click here for more information.

Nov 30 Seed Exchange Training & Discussion
The demand for neighbourhood seed exchanges is growing fast! We’re offering free training sessions for anyone interested in running an event that helps people gain access to heirloom, non-GMO seeds. Join seedy veterans for a mock seed exchange and discussion about what makes a successful event. You will leave training feeling confident in your ability to effectively organize seed exchanges in your community.

If you have a strong interest in seed saving, growing, and/or community building send an email to rhonda@torontourbangrowers.org. Please tell us briefly about your interest in and experience with gardening and why you’d like to attend the training. If you cannot attend this training, there will be other opportunities early in the new year in other locations across the city! For more info call 647-438-0038 or visit www.torontourbangrowers.org

Branch update: Our Daily Bread Food Bank branch in South Etobicoke will be closing. However, we are in discussions with another organization in South Etobicoke to host a branch — expect an announcement or update soon!

April Showers Bring Seeds & Flowers

Spring is kind of in the air, and new Seed Library branches are popping up with the dandelions and tulips! Three new branches are opening (or have opened) in April and every Saturday this month we’ve got an event with the Toronto Public Library. This year we are trying to focus a bit on Native Flower and Plants — make sure to check out the revamped branch at the High Park Nature Centre, its main focus is Native Seeds.

More event details below including a meet-up to discuss a possible Spore Library and a talk about the Botanical Gardens with Chief Librarian Brendan Behrmann.

Highlights

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Every Saturday in April, plus Wednesday the 16, we’ll ‘bee’ facilitating Seed Saving Workshops at various branches of the Toronto Public Library across the city. For a full listing check out our events ‘calendula’ here.

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-Join us to celebrate the launch of our CRC Branch and the Bengali + Tamil New Year! This branch will help serve the Regent Park community. Learn how Seed Libraries work and have some great food and enjoy music by local artists!

More  New Branches

-Our branch at 160 Bartley Drive has been revived to serve the Scarborough and East End communities. If you have any questions the contact person is Andrew at akr@greengardeners.ca

-In early May we’ll be launching a branch in the Thorncliffe area with the Thorncliffe Neighborhood Office at 1 Leaside Park Drive.

The Big Carrot Green Roof branch will be up and running after a launch party on May 31.

More Events

-As a part of the HortiCULTURE Lecture Series at the Toronto Botanical Gardens (777 Lawrence Avenue East), on April 16 from 1 to 2:30pm, Brendan Behrmann, Chief Librarian of the Toronto Seed Library will be speaking. Explore basic seed saving, seed freedom, cleaning and storage, plus advanced techniques like how to plan seed gardens, and how to deal with biennials & hard-to-save seeds. Bring your questions and expertise, and pick up free seeds! More info here.

The Toronto Spore Library will bee a project of The Seed Library Commons dedicated to spores — the reproductive vehicle of fungi, mosses, and ferns. April 17 at 5pm in the CRC @ 40 Oak St will be the first meeting. It will be dedicated to planning, logistics and bringing up any questions involving the project. More info here/registration.

-We’ll also be at the last day of the Gladstone Grow-Op on April 26 from 11am to 4pm. Greet spring with seeds, plants, music, food and much more – all in celebration and raising awareness about the art and practice of urban agriculture. Let’s get dirtier together!! Special workshop by Bowery Project and an organic tasting from Chef Jamie Kennedy in collaboration with the urban farmers at Fresh City Farms. The Seed Library will be tabling and hosting a workshop.

The Seedy Zine & Donations

-The Winter 2015 edition of The Seedy Zine is out! You can grab copies at our events for $5 or at Urban Harvest’s table at Farmer’s Markets and view the PDF online. The Winter 2015 edition features pawpaw campaign tree information, round ups on the Eastern Canada Organic Seed Growers Conference and Guleph Organics Conference, a basic guide to worm composting, philosophy, art, poetry, and other seedy info.

We are currently accepting articles, art, poetry, and whatever you produce related to seeds or agriculture for the Spring 2015 edition. Email submissions to: theseedyzine@gmail.com

-Running the Seed Library takes lots of thyme and money — two things that are always in short supply. Please donate today to help the Seed Library run tomorrow! We also accept in kind donations of Coin Envelopes (#1 or #3 plz), Gardening Supplies, and, of course, Seeds. Here’s a link to our Paypal Account.

March at the Seed Library

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Gearing Up for Spring

Spring is almost here and we’ve got about 10,000 things on the go! Every weekend in March there’s a Seedy Saturday — veritable seed fairs featuring vendors, workshops, and seed exchanges. Every weekend in April we’ve got Seed Saving 101 workshops & Seed Exchanges with the Toronto Public Library. Oh, and our Pawpaw Campaign has finally kicked off! Lastly, don’t worry, we’re almost back in the garden after this absurdly cold winter. We now present the newsletter:

Donations: A “berry” big thank you to everyone who has donated so far! We are finding ourselves very cash strapped at this extremely “buzzy thyme” of the year and need some funds to sustain our operations. Our first donation drive had a goal of $250 and we’ve raised $170 so far. If Ezra Levant raised around $100,000 for a new version SunTV in a month, I’m sure we can drum up a couple hundred bucks to get seeds into people’s hands! Click here for more donation information.

Pawpaw: This year the Toronto Seed Library is proud to announce the launch of a multi-year Pawpaw Planting Campaign. The pawpaw tree is perhaps North America’s best-kept fruit secret. I had never heard of this astonishing tree until last year — and since have gone totally bonkers over them. It is our continent’s largest native fruit, about the size of mango with a flavour like a combination of banana, mango, and melon, with an avocado-like texture. Sound a-maize-ing?! IT IS!! Not only is the fruit tasty beyond measure, but it’s a native tree with few pests that helps support and revive local ecosystems. The handsome Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly only feeds on pawpaw trees’ leaves in the caterpillar stage — but more than makes up for its munching with its beauty and intrinsic worth!

To participate in this planting campaign you will need to have regular land access that will last for years to come. The campaign will consist of three workshops and a field trip to the Niagara region to see pawpaws in the wild. The Seed Library received donations of pawpaw seeds from Forbes Wild Foods and will be working with live trees (and possibly some seeds) from Sassafras Farms in the Niagara region. Email us at torontoseedlibrary@gmail.com to participate or for more information. Note: There will be a cost attached to participation in this program to help cover costs, $75.

The Seedy Zine: The newest edition of The Seedy Zine is out! You can grab copies at our events for $5 or at Urban Harvest’s table at Farmer’s Markets and view the PDF online. The Winter 2015 edition features pawpaw campaign tree information, round ups on the Eastern Canada Organic Seed Growers Conference and Guleph Organics Conference, a basic guide to worm composting, philosophy, art, poetry, and other seedy info.

We are currently accepting articles, art, poetry, and whatever you produce related to seeds or agriculture for the Spring 2015 edition. Email submissions to: theseedyzine@gmail.com

Seedy Saturdays: The annual Seed Exchanges and Events throughout Toronto (and Canada) organized by Seeds of Diversity and its local partners including the TSL, are nearly upon us! Check out our events calendar for a listing of Toronto area events and the Seeds of Diversity Events Page for GTA and the rest of Canada.

Mississauga Seed Library Launch: The Toronto Seed Library will be co-sponsoring the launch of the Mississauga Seed Library at the Port Credit Branch of the Mississauga Public Library this weekend on March 7! Make sure you head out to the opening event if you’re in Mississauga, there will bee plenty of seeds, great workshops, and lots of info. Check out the poster for more info.

Saturdays at the TPL: This year every Saturday in April, a couple in May (23, 30), and one in June (6), will see Seed Saving 101 workshops in Public Libraries across Toronto. We’ll be kicking it off on April 4 at the Parliament Street Library — “sow” make sure to be there!! One non-Saturday workshop as well on June 2. Check our events calendar for a full listing.

Spore Library Meet-up: Not satisfyed with seeds? Want something more challenging with totally different requirements than most food crops? On April 15 we’ll bee holding a preliminary discussion on forming a Toronto Spore Library for people wanting to grow fungal foods. The location is still to be arranged — more info in the next newsletter, for now just save the date!

Until next thyme…stay seedy!!!
Mulch lovage,
The Toronto Seed Library Team