Seedy Saturdays underway

People braved this weekend's snowy weather to purchase and trade seeds and other locally grown products at Seedy Saturday in Naramata.

"It's to raise awareness of the importance of seed diversity and growing our own food and to provide an opportunity for people to buy or share or trade good seeds," said Diane Ransom, the event organizer.

Despite the inclement weather the turnout was still good at Columbia Hall at the Naramata Centre, with lots of residents supporting the effort.

Vendors on hand were selling seeds, gardening books, sausage, artworks, juice and more

Free workshops on a variety of subjects were also offered.

"It started with seeds and has expanded to  other things," said Selina Farrell, with Westbank Harvest. "And it shows people what is being produced in local orchards. We sell 100 per cent tree ripened Okanagan juice."

Among the advice being dispensed is when to start gardening in the South Okanagan.

Once the ground thaws, spring clean up can start, with most planting starting in April, said Ransom.

There are several more Seedy Saturdays planned in the Okanagan.

There will be one at the Grist Mill and Gardens Historic Site in Keremeos on Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Oliver Seedy Sunday will be the same hours on Feb. 19 at the Oliver Community Centre.

The Penticton Seedy Saturday will be held Feb. 25 , from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the community room at Okanagan College.

For more information on other upcoming events, go here.

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