Seedy Wednesday at Toronto ‘SEEDY’ Hall
Wednesday March 5, 2013
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Toronto City Hall – near the Toronto Public Library on the 1st floor
The Call Out:
On March 6, 2013 from 12-2pm @ Toronto Seedy (City) Hall, Occupy Gardens and friends are inviting the public to share the seeds of a most radish revolution. We will gather indoors, near the Toronto Public Library on the 1st floor.
As an unofficial kick off to the annual seedy Saturday and Sunday events that happen across Toronto and the country we are hosting this unconventional seed sharing event at Toronto City Hall to spur public awareness and education on issues pertaining to seed, food justice and urban agriculture.
The event is also one of many public information and brainstorming sessions in regards to the Toronto Seed Library, a new initiative supported by a wide diversity of seed and good food projects in and around Toronto. We hope to find a champion within Seedy Hall to take leadership and support this worthwhile initiative.
This is a direct action in SOILidarity with the global Seed Freedom campaign. We call upon free food allies in every city to initiate their local Seed Library and host seed sharing events at their Seedy Halls.
We encourage you to contact and invite your seedy councillors, local librarians, and seedy friends to join us on March 6th and beyond to create something truly special. If you would like to bee involved or learn more about the Toronto Seed Library please comment below or email [email protected] to join the mailing list for future events and updates.
This is a peasful gathering. We must be respectful of others who use and work in this space. That means listening, keeping our voices down and leaving no trace (except maybe a few seeds in the library 😉 . It is a public space and we have the right to bee there. We will not be selling seeds, simply sharing seeds & ideas.
Thank you 🙂
Walking into your local library, school, community centre or other common spaces to find a clean, colourful, tidy and informative seed display offering free rare, heirloom, organic, native and locally adapted seeds and information. Imagine a large central location or several to properly store and organize seeds as well as fixed branches all across the city and roaming branches for special events.
Imagine Seed Librarians working all season on popular seed education, outreach and seed saving workshops to facilitate re-skilling and protection of biodiversity and food sovereignty. Imagine kids saving seeds at their school gardens and drawing cute pictures on little packaging 🙂
The Toronto Seed Library as an ever-growing self-perpetuating public resource, highly compliments the goals set out by the GrowTO action plan, currently making it’s way through city hall.
The Toronto Seed Library will help to scale up urban agriculture in Toronto by fortifying the seed and gardening community, and increasing access and diversity of locally adapted seed varieties.
Globally, Toronto can be a leader in seed freedom and food sovereignty and create a sophisticated model for other cities to grow upon. Currently there are seed libraries in other cities. They are awesome but small scale compared to what we are imagining.
2013 – The Year of the Library!
See the first Toronto Tool Library in Parkdale opening this March -> http://torontotoollibrary.com/
What is a seed library? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seed_library
How do you create a seed library? http://www.richmondgrowsseeds.org/create-a-library.html
Why save seeds? http://www.exploratorium.edu/gardening/control/seeds/index.html
Why do local seeds matter? http://usc-canada.org/2013/01/24/why-local-seeds-matter/