Spring is coming, get ready with a trio of exciting events

Winter is over in six weeks. It’s time to think about spring.

If you are a gardener that means one thing, seeds. On February 25, the Living Earth Council will be hosting Seedy Saturday. The annual event is a celebration of seeds, gardening and living well. This year’s exciting free line up of events includes a children’s corner and hands on workshops that highlight growing mushrooms, beginner beekeeping and seed saving.

Seedy Saturday takes place at St. Andrew’s United Church on Truro’s King Street. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The community is invited to come out, visit with the local vendors, buy and swap seeds, say hello to a seasoned gardening mentor or support community outreach with a bowl of local soup.

The Truro Art Society will also be hosting its Feast for Your Eyes Arts Show and Sale all weekend.

For a complete workshop schedule, visit the Living Earth Council’s Facebook page.

If you can’t wait until Seedy Saturday, you’re in luck. On February 24, Michelle Smith, also known as the Queen of Seeds, will be hosting her ‘Rubber Boot Camp – From the Ground Up’ in the MacRae Library of the Dalhousie AC.

With support from Dal’s seed library, the workshop will cover many topics including basic seed saving and gardening skills. Smith will also explain how to utilize urban and small spaces for growing food. The boot camp will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To register, email Jolene.Reid@dal.ca. The cost is $20.

Just when you thought the weekend couldn’t get any better, the Living Earth Council and Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture’s International Office, with support from the Atlantic Council for International Co-operation, are excited to host a free coffeehouse at Foody Friday.

The event will be hosted at St. Andrew’s United Church from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee, listen to great live music and learn about local initiatives from guest speakers who will be discussing a variety of topics.

Squeezing Every Drop – the Impact a Little Bean has on the Environment and Society will be one of the discussions while another will highlight how researchers at the Dal AC are turning K-Cups into bio fuel.

A local Guatemalan coffee roaster will also be in attendance so guests can dig their hands in with a free workshop on how to reuse coffee grinds.

The Living Earth Council is an organization created to encourage local action for a vibrant, sustainable future for the community and planet. It follows five key principles which include; respect and openness for all people without exception; love and stewardship for Earth that sustains all living beings; creation of links among people that build community; inclusion of children and care for them in meetings and activities and celebration of the basic goodness of our world.

On February 26, St. Andrew’s United Church invites the community to join them for Sustenance Sunday at 11 a.m. They’ll be partnering with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to reflect on the impact of food security projects in Rwanda.