Get your garden on: Seedy Saturday set for Feb. 15 in Tofino


The second annual Seedy Saturday is coming up in Tofino on Saturday. Time to get your garden on!

The free event was organized for the first time last year via Tofino Community Food Initiative, said organizer Leah Austin.

“People bring and trade seeds and seedlings, there’s general education about gardening,” Austin said.

“Hurray, it’s spring, we’re going to start planting – let’s get together and celebrate,” she said.

There’s an education component too, with presenters like Connie Kuramoto of Gaia College. Organic master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions as well about things like organic pest control – perhaps an extra challenge after mild winter that has seen pests overwinter instead of dying off, Austin said.

Eat West Coast will be there, and Louise Rogers of Tofino Urban Farm.

Participants may want to sign up for a gardening workshop on Sunday as well; details available through Tofino Parks & Rec.

There are Seedy Saturday events all over Vancouver Island, Austin said.

“It’s pretty popular for people to put on events – people are becoming more aware of the food situation, people are gardening more,” Austin said.

The event will be held this Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10:30-2:30 at Darwin’s Café at the Tofino Botanical Gardens.