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Sooke Seedy Saturday back in action

Vendor booth registration open to March 13, 2023

Sunday February 19, 2023 | SOOKE, BC [Updated March 18, 2023]

by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends

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Sooke Seedy Saturday is back! During the pandemic only one event was held, and that was last year outdoors at the Sooke Region Museum after two years (2020 and 2021) without an in-person event.

This year’s event will be held at Sooke Community Hall (2037 Shields Rd) on Saturday March 25 from 10 am to 3 pm. Booths will be indoors and outdoors with information about gardening and foraging products.

It will be a great chance to gear up for gardening! With seeds for sale, seed exchange, wild harvesters and food artisans, veggie starters and nursery plants that you can buy, displays by groups and organizations, kids activities, and the Sooke Fall Fair’s healthy food and market.
And yes, a door prize!

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Seeds for sale at the 10th Annual Sooke Seedy Saturday, February 23, 2019 [Photo by Chelsea Kirkpatrick for West Shore Voice News]

Organizers from within Sooke Region Food CHI say that preparations for Sooke Seedy Saturday 2023 are well underway.

Vendor booth registration:

Registration is open to any business/group with gardening/foraging-related products and services. The deadline to register is Monday March 13.

Vendors with other products can ask to be on a wait list. Early registration is advised. Priority will be given to Sooke Region vendors.

To Register:
• use the online form

• or download the form and email it to seedysaturday@sookefoodchi.ca
• or print the form and mail it to Sooke Food CHI, PO Box 1001, Sooke BC V9Z 0R3

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Vendor Registration Fees:
• $40 per Table – for indoor space
• $40 – for Outdoor Space (10′ x 10’ – Vender is responsible for their own tents, 1-2 tables & chairs)
• No Charge for registered non-profits

About Sooke Food CHI:

Seedy Saturday supports non GMO seeds and plants that are food or herb related and products thereof.

“There are many pressing issues that Sooke Region Food CHI is working to resolve such as avian flu, lack of an abattoir on the island, and rising feed prices which affects us all,” says Sooke Food CHI President Ellen Lewers. “Restaurants are struggling with high food costs and lack of value in the produce for the price. We hope to work with all involved to bring about solutions,” says Lewers.

The Sooke Seedy Saturday event vendor coordinator is Teresa Sahlstrom.

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Canada’s Agriculture Day in 2023 is on Feb 15th.

Food Security:

Local seed availability is a key component of local food security, especially on Vancouver Island where all incoming food must be imported to the island by truck, ferry or air. | Follow the Island Social Trends Food Security section here.

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Mary P Brooke, Editor, Island Social Trends

Island Social Trends emerged in 2020 in the footsteps of a series of publications that started in Sooke in 2008: MapleLine Magazine (2008-2010), Sooke Voice News (2011-2013), and then West Shore Voice News (2014-2020) which was based in Langford. Since mid-2020 Island Social Trends has been produced online at islandsocialtrends.ca serving the broader south Vancouver Island region (office in Langford, BC).

The Island Social Trends editor is Mary P Brooke has followed the news of the Sooke region since 2008. Follow our news: FREE ENEWS | PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTIONS | Twitter @IslandSocTrends and Sooke-local at @SookeVoiceLOCAL.

Mary P Brooke highlighted the importance of food security in the Sooke region during her SD62 school trustee campaign in October 2022. Among her many other credentials, Ms Brooke holds a B.Sc. in Foods and Nutrition.