Wednesday September 03, 2014

Festival plants seeds of food security


Seeds are very small things that have a very big impact.

It’s something most people don’t think about every day, but seeds are the very foundation of human existence. Plants provide directly the bulk of human diets around the world and indirectly as food for the animals we use for meat. Beyond that, every day uses (wood, paper, textiles) and medicinal applications are ubiquitous.

Sounds like a cause for celebration. The Assiniboine Food Security Alliance (AFSA) thinks so and is once again sponsoring the Prairie Sun Seed Festival February 22 at Dr. Brass School from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

“It’s an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of seed and food security initiatives,” said Stacey Tress, a member of the organizing committee.

The event will include workshops, exhibits and demonstrations, as well as, a seed swap, vendors and local food producers.

Featured speakers will include Kevin Hryhoriw, Marie Vermette and Tonia Flaman and members of the Community Garden Alliance (CGA).

Hryhoriw, owner of the Flower Mill in Canora and the man responsible for Yorkton’s raised flower beds will do a presentation on raised bed gardening.

The mother-daughter team of Vermette and Flaman will talk about seed potatoes, something close to the heart for their family business Prairie Dome.

Members of the CGA will present information on the importance of community gardens in developing a culture of growing food locally, a hot topic of late with food security initiatives such as the 100-mile diet.

“Food security is something that affects everybody,” Tress said.

There is no set entry fee for the seed festival, instead, organizers are asking people to make a voluntary cash donation at the door.



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