What We Do
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SEEDS stewards educational demonstration gardens and a greenhouse operation in Rotary Lakeside Park in Nelson. We share two City of Nelson owned spaces with the parks department.
We host school groups, workshops, and tours of the space. SEEDS volunteers gain valuable knowledge and skill in food production while coming together to grow nutritional vegetables. All produce is donated to local emergency food relief agencies such as: Nelson Food Cupboard, Nelson & District Women’s Centre, Our Daily Bread and Stepping Stones Emergency Shelter.
Hosted by SEEDS
This is a one-day event that includes a seed “market,” gardening workshops, kids activities, demonstrations and seed exchange. In Nelson, venue changes year to year.
Nelson Garden Festival
Hosted by West Kootenay EcoSociety
Always on Mother’s Day weekend, with over 60 vendors, this event is the premier place to get your plant starts. Takes place in the 200 block of Baker Street Nelson. SEEDS has a booth.
Canada Day in July
Hosted by Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce
Nelson’s biggest community event takes place in Rotary Lakeside Park. SEEDS offers open house tours,
planting activities for kids.
Edible Garden Tour
Hosted by SEEDS in the Summer
A self-guided tour of food-producing gardens in Nelson. New and unique gardens each year, 7 on average are included. People love the visual feast, gardening inspiration and connecting with skilled gardeners that this event provides.
We hope to see you out this year!
Hosted by SEEDS in April
SEEDS annual signature fundraising event is a one day sale of 5 gallon pots that are brimming over with luscious greens like arugula, spinach, chard, kale, mustard and lettuce varieties to be harvested gradually providing
nutritious food for your family.
Hosted by SEEDS in November
Each year we call on local artists to contribute to our Nelson themed SEEDS Calendar. We’re so grateful for the talent and generosity! Always, a huge hit with our community, the calendars sell out quickly. View the sales event calendar on our home page here.
Over the years, SEEDS has compiled many resource documents related to food security planning in order to inform our work on a local level and beyond. We would like to share here some of those that we refer to often.
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The City of Nelson’s Official Community Plan (OCP)
was developed as a key tool for the Council, staff, and citizens to use to make decisions about the things that matter to this community: land use, housing, social programs, transportation, infrastructure, culture, parks, and environmental protection. SEEDS refers to this document often as it informs how we structure proposals to the municipality as they relate to food security.