Seedy Saturday Ottawa

Seedy Saturday Ottawa is a yearly seed sale with a focus on heritage, open-pollinated seed from local growers.  It also includes supportive sustainable, local businesses and groups related to local food and gardening.  

This event, organized by the Alta Vista Community Association Local Food Committee in partnership with Just Food and Seeds of Diversity, will be held at a NEW location this year!

The next Seedy Saturday event will be held:

March 2nd, 2024

10am – 3pm
Emmanuel United Church
691 Smyth Road

Contact with any questions!

What can you expect to find?

  • Local seed vendors
  • Local, sustainable businesses related
    to food and gardening
  • Seed swap table (free, while supplies last)
  • Workshops by experienced gardeners
  • Information booths
  • Children’s corner
  • Local artisans

How much is it?

Admission and parking are free.

Local bus #55 services Emmanuel United Church.

What can I bring?

Your own reusable bags and, if you have some, your seeds for exchange.
Some vendors will accept card payments, but same might only use cash – time to break out those piggy banks!

Workshop Schedule

  • 10:30-11  Native Bees – Habits and Habitat (Scot Nickels)
  • 11:30-12  Soil Testing (Julia Dupuis)
  • 12:30-1  Les Abeilles indigènes (Luc Bourgeois)
  • 1:30-2 How to Make your own Peat-Free Seed Starting Mix (Bri Petersen)
  • 2:30-3  Invasive Species: Flora and Fauna (Gillian Cooper)

What vendors will be there? 

Many of your old favourites, mixed with some exciting new faces, will be joining us at Seedy Saturday! 


Seeds of Diversity

Seedy Saturday is an initiative started by Seeds of Diversity, encouraging communities to gather, celebrate and share/purchase seeds. Seedy Saturday events are registered with Seeds of Diversity, so if you are further afield than Algonquin land/Ottawa, you can find an event closer to you through their webpage.

Spread the Word!

Save one of the posters below to share widely with your friends, families, and communities!

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