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Spring seed exchange, workshops planned

First webinar on plants and pollination features monarch butterfly expert Michele Smith
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The Peace Region Seedy Spring Lineup begins April 10

The Northern Co-Hort is turning its green thumb to the web this year, with a series of webinars kicking off on April 10, 17, and 24 for the Peace Region Seedy Spring Lineup.

This year’s theme is Weaving the Threads of Responsible Seed Exchange, and the Co-Hort has partnered with the non-profit Seeds of Diversity Canada to deliver the webinars. Local producers will moderate the webinars, providing homegrown context.

“They actually brought together a series of topic experts so to speak, offering different topics to organizers throughout the province,” said Co-Hort Co-ordinator Bess Legault.

The first webinar will be about plants and pollination, with monarch butterfly expert Michele Smith. Smith is an authorized scientific butterfly collector through the Monarch Teacher Network of Canada and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

Also starting in April, a seed exchange will be available for the public at NEAT’s Fireweed Market. A mail seed exchange is already underway.

 Edible plants and pollinator flowers make up the bulk of seeds in the exchange, says Legault.

“Last year we had a lot of people participating, it was really fun to see the seeds coming and going,” said Legault. “We’ll always keep an eye on it, so there’s fresh stock for everybody. We’ve got a good collection to share.”

Moving into May, a seed swap and garden sharing event is planned for the community gardens.

“We’re all looking forward to the spring, where we can actually get outdoors and get into our gardens, connect with soil,” Legault said. “Being generally a northern seed organizer, we try to wait a little bit longer.”

For more details, visit the NEAT website or give them a call at 250-785-6328.


Email reporter Tom Summer at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca