Join us in an annual celebration of local seeds and foods, gardening, and education that supports a healthy, strong community. Richmond’s Seedy Saturday is typically held on the first Saturday of March – see the events calendar for more information on this year’s Seedy Saturday.
Local seeds are important to robust food systems because they are adapted, and continue to adapt, to our unique environment and taste preferences, leaving a rich legacy of geography and culture. Unfortunately, many of these diverse local varieties have been replaced by uniform hybrid and patented seeds produced by commercial companies. Growing and saving local seeds is an important way of preserving the local culinary heritage embedded in the genetic material of these seeds, and of increasing crop resilience by maintaining genetic diversity.
At the heart of Seedy Saturday is the seed exchange table: a place for local seed-savers to bring locally-grown, open-pollinated seeds, and the stories that come with them, to trade with other community members. To participate in the seed exchange please note the following criteria:
- Seeds must be open-pollinated
- Seeds should be packaged and labeled with:
- Type of seed
- Year saved
- As much information about the variety as possible
- Number of seeds in the package (optional)
At Seedy Saturday, we will build momentum for the self-sustaining cycle of growing from seeds by sharing the resources and skills necessary for embarking on your seed-saving journey – one that may continue for generations to come.