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Five Years of Swapping Seeds!

The poster for Seedy Saturday 2014

Seedy Saturday 2014

It’s been a while on the blog, but Seedy Saturday keeps on growing, so come and help us celebrate our fifth birthday at Farmborough Memorial Hall on Saturday 8 March between 10am and 2pm.

Seedy Saturday is THE local event that offers growers at all stages and ages the chance to share your own seeds, exchange tips and experiences, browse local products and learn about community activities.

This year we’ve got even more going on, with something for all the family. As well as the ever-popular seed swap, there will be three expert talks on ‘Growing potatoes’, ‘Honey bees’, and ‘Growing herbs’, and new for 2014, kids’ craft activities and storytelling sessions.

Choosing potatoes from over 80 varieties

Choices, choices…
Photo: Phil Gray

In addition, there will be the usual wide range of stalls to browse selling potatoes, onions, shallots, garlic, plants, local produce, crafts, gifts, books and more…plus, there will be a licensed bar and a café providing refreshments and delicious homemade treats.

By growing, saving and swapping seeds, you can help to keep some wonderful old varieties alive, conserve biodiversity and create locally adapted varieties.

So come and ‘Get Seedy!’ with us once again. Bring your family and friends, and let’s have fun swapping, sharing, growing and learning.

Entrance is £1 for Adults (on the door), children under 16 free.

What’s happening?

Visitors to Seedy Saturday

The joy of seeds…
Photo: Phil Gray

Seed swap all day – for exchanging home-saved and unwanted seeds (or make a small donation if no seeds to swap – recommended 50p a packet).

Stalls selling everything you need to get you growing this year, including potatoes, onions, shallots, garlic, heritage and organic seeds and plants, from: Beans and Herbs, Pennard Plants, and Thomas Etty Esq; plus lots of goodies, including handmade preserves and produce, crafts, gifts and books from: Eco-logic Books, Jutta’s Pet Designs, and Timmy’s Chillies.

Free talks by expert growers at:

  • 11am – ‘Get the best from your potatoes’ – Chris Smith, Pennard Plants
  • 12pm – ‘Honey bees – our buzzy benefactors’ – Nigel Hurst, Bath Beekeepers
  • 1pm – ‘Growing herbs – Frequently Asked Questions’ – Pippa Rosen, Beans and Herbs
Community groups at Seedy Saturday 2013

The birds and the bees…
Photo: Phil Gray

Children’s storytelling sessions with Barefoot Books, at:

  • 10.30am – ‘What’s This?: the life cycle of the plant’
  • 11.30am – ‘The Beeman’ (for ages 5-9 years)
  • 12.30pm – ‘Grandpa’s Garden’ (for ages 3-7 years)

Kids’ craft activities with Barefoot Books, from 11am, 12pm and 1pm, where they can have fun making bees, growing Grandpa’s head, and visiting the wormery. There will be a £1 charge for each craft activity per child, in return for a voucher that can be redeemed against purchases from Barefoot Books on the day.

A hub for sharing practical advice on gardening and growing your own.

A lady getting some advice at the seed swap table

Friendly help and advice…
Photo: Phil Gray

Community-based information from local groups, about gardening, horticulture, beekeeping, wildlife and sustainable lifestyles and communities – Avon Wildlife Trust, Bath Beekeepers, Mendip Gardening Club, Radford Mill Farm, and Recycling and Composting Roadshow.

Café selling tea and coffee, soft drinks, bacon rolls and homemade cake.

Licensed bar selling real ale from the Box Steam Brewery.

For more information, including full details about the event, traders and exhibitors, please visit: www.seedysaturday.org.uk or download the Seedy Saturday programme (pdf, 1.1Mb).

Seedy Saturday is organised by a small group of local and dedicated volunteers and is sponsored by: Pennard PlantsBox Steam BreweryBeans and Herbs and Barefoot Books.

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