seed.jpg   Seedy Saturday - 2021 - Part 1 - Seminars

Speaker(s): 15 Presentations
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021
Time: 9:00am to 2:30pm
Location: Online virtual event (using Zoom)
Fee: no charge


Seedy Saturday is a celebration and sharing of open-pollinated seeds and gardening know-how — "saving our past for our future." Seedy Saturday and Seedy Sunday events are held across Canada.

Waterloo Region's Seedy Saturday features 15 presentations  and numerous exhibitors/vendors. Due to COVID-19, we have broken Seedy Saturday out into two parts for 2021:

- Saturday February 27 - online virtual seminars
- Saturday March 13 or 20 - seed exchange and vendor exhibits (outdoors at Royal city Nursery)

This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here.

Attendance is limited to 500 people.

Click here for the Zoom link to join this event.

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Seminars
   

Room 1


9:30 to
10:00

 

Simplicity of Sprouts by Cathy Nesbitt, Cathy’s Crawly Composters

Did you know sprouts are one of nature's superfoods? Sprouts contain vitamins, minerals, fibre, protein and up to 100 times more digestive enzymes than raw vegetables. Join Cathy Nesbitt of Cathy's Sprouters to discover the magic of sprouting. Sprouts are germinating seeds or beans that are eaten either raw or cooked. Sprouting is about a lifestyle change for people who want a non-pharmaceutical path to improved health and wellness. Grow your own sprouts at home, school or office for a continuous supply of simple, delicious, nutritious, affordable food. http://www.cathyssprouters.com/ 1-888-775-9495

Bio: Cathy Nesbitt, Worm Advocate and Founder of Cathy's Crawly Composters (est 2002), is a multi award-winning local environmental innovator who uses workshops and inspirational speaking to motivate individuals and businesses to take action and go green. Cathy is a Laughter Yoga Teacher. She offers simple solutions for today's challenges.

10:00 to
10:30 

 

All About Seeds by Christine Gilhuly, Kitchener Master Gardeners

This presentation touches briefly on several topics about seeds, including terminology around seeds, seed storing, seed catalogues and seed sourcing.

Bio: Christine Gilhuly has been interested in gardening since childhood, but became a keen gardener when her and her husband purchased their first home. She considers herself a very practical and down-to-earth gardener with a broad knowledge of horticulture. Christine has been a member of the Kitchener Master Gardeners since January 2007, happily volunteering her time to help people learn more about gardening. She gives gardening talks locally, including at the Lee Valley store in Waterloo where she also works, and offers gardening advice at events such as Canada Blooms. She has a special interest in starting seeds and starts hundreds of seedlings every year in her basement. She lives and gardens with her family in Waterloo.

10:30 to 11:00

 

Herbs by Spencer Hauck, Sandhill Botanicals

I spend some time talking about general care in the beginning then start with plant profiles. I talk about their use and show pictures of the planters that have a mix of herbs and annuals.

Bio: Spencer Hauck is a landscape industry certified horticulturist with 16 years of experience in the horticulture industry. He has his certification from the CNLA and is a graduate of the Humber/Guelph Horticultural Technician Apprenticeship program. In January of 2019 he started his own company Sandhill Botanicals and specializes in tropical plants, planter designs, and garden maintenance. He has done work for several private estates, and local businesses around Waterloo Region.

11:00 to 11:30  

Nature’s  Abundance – Seed Saving Secrets, by Kat Granger, Seeds of IMBOLC

Share decades of growing experience turning barren patches and empty pots into bountiful
harvests with Master Gardener Kat Granger. Enjoy the deep rewarding connection with nature
and food as we learn to live more sustainably - starting right in your own garden. Learn great tips
on preserving natures abundance with seeds!

Bio: Katherine Granger is a Master Gardener, creator of Seeds of IMBOLC in Fergus; a grower of
heirloom organic seeds, plants & flowers. As an instructor with the U.G.D.S.B Continuing Ed,
held engaging workshops focusing on sustainability and our intrinsic connection with nature.
Kat has been featured on the Cogeco cable TV show “Let’s Get Growing” several times, featured
in OMAFRA produce videos, spoken at Canada Blooms, Pollination Guelph Symposium and
many other venues. She also hosts a monthly newsletter “Home on the Grange”, writes articles
for papers and 2 FaceBook pages, and enjoys sparking gardening addictions

 11:30 to 12:00  

Planting Seeds by Christine Gilhuly, Kitchener Master Gardeners

This presentation goes through the steps for planting seeds indoors, including if and when to start seeds indoors, choosing containers and planting medium, planting the seeds, and what to do right after the seeds are planted.

Bio: Christine Gilhuly has been interested in gardening since childhood, but became a keen gardener when her and her husband purchased their first home. She considers herself a very practical and down-to-earth gardener with a broad knowledge of horticulture. Christine has been a member of the Kitchener Master Gardeners since January 2007, happily volunteering her time to help people learn more about gardening. She gives gardening talks locally, including at the Lee Valley store in Waterloo where she also works, and offers gardening advice at events such as Canada Blooms. She has a special interest in starting seeds and starts hundreds of seedlings every year in her basement. She lives and gardens with her family in Waterloo. 
1:00 to 1:30  

Bees and Flowers by Jolanta Dabrowski, Natural Instincts Beekeeping

Jolanta will be talking about relationship between bees and flowers and how we can make our garden more bee friendly.

Bio: Jolanta Dabrowski graduated from Agricultural University and received her Master’s Degree in Entomology and Phytopathology in 1983. Jolanta offers beekeeping classes online and at The Living Centre – Eco-Spiritual Education Sanctuary where she teaches about beekeeping as a way of harmonious coexistence rather than commercial honey production. Her main focus is promoting a natural and sustainable beekeeping where bees can adapt to the local environment and maintain healthy conditions in the beehive. Jolanta is a registered beekeeper with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and is an active member of the Ontario Beekeeper’s Association. She is also a part of the Ontario Bee Rescue Services team.

1:30 to 2:00  

Homegrown Conservation: Native Plant Species You Should Have In Your Yard by Becca Robinson, REEP Green Solutions

Home gardeners play a big role in preserving songbirds and biodiversity, which has become ever important as we face the challenges of climate change. Some plants play a particularly valuable role in their ability to sustain insects, caterpillars and the birds that feed on them, as well as provide beauty to any style of garden. We'll discuss some of these key species, as well as the vital importance of native species in our neighbourhoods. Individual actions can add up to make big impacts!

Bio: Becca Robinson is a landscape designer for Reep Green Solutions. She has helped over 100 property owners in Kitchener make landscape changes that are more resilient to climate change. She has led the design and construction of multiple green infrastructure projects on both residential and civic properties, as well as taught a series of workshops that help property owners develop and enact their own sustainable landscape plans.

   

Room 2

 

9:30 to 10:00 

 

Caring for Seedlings by Christine Gilhuly, Kitchener Master Gardeners

This presentation covers how to raise strong, healthy seedlings indoors, including information on light, watering and fertilizing.

Bio: Christine Gilhuly has been interested in gardening since childhood, but became a keen gardener when her and her husband purchased their first home. She considers herself a very practical and down-to-earth gardener with a broad knowledge of horticulture. Christine has been a member of the Kitchener Master Gardeners since January 2007, happily volunteering her time to help people learn more about gardening. She gives gardening talks locally, including at the Lee Valley store in Waterloo where she also works, and offers gardening advice at events such as Canada Blooms. She has a special interest in starting seeds and starts hundreds of seedlings every year in her basement. She lives and gardens with her family in Waterloo.

10:00 to 10:30

 

For the Love of Gardening by A Group of Waterloo Gardeners

A group of Waterloo Gardeners discuss what gardening means to them.

10:30 to 11:00

 

Seven Simple Steps to Save the Songbirds by Catherine Hale

"Birds are telling us we must act now to ensure our planet can sustain wildlife and people".
A study, published in Science, one of the world's leading scientific journals, in September 2019, found that the population of breeding birds in Canada and the US has dropped by nearly 30% (or 3 billion birds) since 1970.
Across the continent and beyond, numbers have plummeted, even among common species.
While there are some discouraging findings about overall bird populations in the study, there are encouraging examples of how human effort can work to bring back our birds. Please join us as we present how each one of us can make a difference to help bring back our Songbirds.

Bio: Catherine Hale is passionate about our natural environment and the wildlife and birds that inhabit it. That is why she opened a Wild Birds Unlimited store in the K-W community. She and her staff are proud to offer the highest quality bird feeding products available anywhere and always backed by expert advice to help you bring the joy of bird feeding into your backyard.

11:00 to 11:30

 

Cultivate appreciation: Kitchener In Bloom garden recognition program by Kim Moran, KIB Volunteer
Each year, the Kitchener in Bloom (KIB) program celebrates the gardening efforts of Kitchener citizens and business owners who help to make our city a more beautiful place to live. Learn how easy it is to recognize a garden, the positive impact recognition can have on individuals and the community, and have your questions answered by a KIB volunteer.


Bio: Kim Moran is new to the KW area having moved from Whitby with her husband 3 years ago to be closer to their growing family. She is a novice gardener and has enjoyed creating new garden spaces around their home in Westmount. The reason Kim joined KIB was to become more familiar with the KW area and the many communities and neighbourhoods (also where the great garden centers are located!). This past year, Kim has started focusing more on native plantings and become more appreciative of the role of biodiversity in plants and insects to our environment. Kim is the manager of the Childbirth program at GRH, wife of Bob, mother to 3 children (all married) and grandma to 4 grandsons (with the 5th expected any day!)

11:30 to 12:00

 

Companion Planting by Tanya Olsen, Royal City Nursery

  • What is companion planting
  • Why do we need it
  • Plants that bring the good bugs to our yard
  • Plants that help repel the insects we don’t want
  • In a nutshell, how to organize your vegetable garden to have Mother nature help us in our quest for an awesome veggie harvest

Bio: Tanya Olsen, third generation owner of Royal City Nursery, a full service garden centre in Guelph (https://royalcitynursery.com/), is an experienced professor in the Humber College horticultural and landscape programs.

 

1:00 to 1:30

 

Moving Seedlings Outdoors by Christine Gilhuly, Kitchener Master Gardeners

This presentation goes through the process of taking seedlings raised indoors and planting them out in the garden, including hardening off, when to plant outside, planting the seedlings and caring for newly transplanted seedlings.

Bio: Christine Gilhuly has been interested in gardening since childhood, but became a keen gardener when her and her husband purchased their first home. She considers herself a very practical and down-to-earth gardener with a broad knowledge of horticulture. Christine has been a member of the Kitchener Master Gardeners since January 2007, happily volunteering her time to help people learn more about gardening. She gives gardening talks locally, including at the Lee Valley store in Waterloo where she also works, and offers gardening advice at events such as Canada Blooms. She has a special interest in starting seeds and starts hundreds of seedlings every year in her basement. She lives and gardens with her family in Waterloo.

1:30 to 2:00

 

Holistic Orchard Spray 101 by Steph Roth, Silver Creek Nursery

Based off of Michael Phillip's recipe, this is a tried-and-true method to grow clean, organic fruit. Learn how to blend and apply this all-purpose spray, and tweak it for your seasonal pest pressures.

Bio: Hello there, I'm Steph Roth, owner of Silver Creek Nursery. We grow a multitude of food-bearing plants, though we specialize in growing unique, heritage apple trees. We have 2 test orchards where we are constantly adding new species and trying new things - and enjoying some fresh fruit/foods on the side! Getting the biology right for the plants and soil is key to growing nutrient-dense, healthful food, as well as supporting a perennial polyculture ecosystem. We strive towards this goal, finding new ways every season to increase biodiversity on our farm!

   

Room 3

 
9:30 to 2:30   Questions and Answers with the Kitchener Master Gardeners

This program is a joint initiative of the gardenKitchener (Kitchener Horticultural Society) sndf Kitchener Master Gardeners.
There is no charge for admission but your generous support is appreciated.