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fall 2016 seeds harvest with Emily and Tina


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.

Community Events

Seedy Saturday

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.

Seeds Edible Garden Tour

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.

Nelson Theme Calendar

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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2014 Food Security Assessment

The Food Security Asset Mapping and Gap Analysis project was a partnership of the City of Nelson and the Nelson Food Cupboard Society and was completed in 2014. SEEDS participated in the study and we look to this often as a resource when we are considering new projects and programs. There is a great listing of organizational, infrastructure and knowledge assets.
city-of-nelson-official-community-plan 2013

City of Nelson Official Community Plan

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.


Developed locally by Aimee Watson of North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society in 2013, this is a wonderful guidebook based on project experiences and research of best practices. Groundswell is written in plain language about rural and remote communities and addresses the unique opportunities and challenges individuals and organizations may face in implementing food security initiatives.

Your Local Food Future: A Kootenay Region Dialogue

The Real Estate Foundation of BC and the BC Sustainable Food Systems Working Group hosted dialogue sessions throughout the province in 2014. This is the summary of the Kootenay Regional Dialogue held in Cranbrook. The conversation notes regarding ideas for action have been very informative to SEEDS particularly as they relate to education.

Healthy Eating And Food Security: Promising Strategies for BC

While we have only recently discovered this study, it was put together back in 2010. The paper outlines best and promising practices that can inform community action in the areas of food security and healthy eating in BC. The suggested actions are outlined in very clear sections and in ways that seem reasonable and manageable. There are also examples of initiatives around the province highlighted throughout.

Food Costing in BC 2015

Prepared every two years by the Provincial Health Services Authority and the Ministry of Health, this report is designed to present the date on the average monthly cost of a nutritionally adequate, balanced diet in BC based on the National Nutritious Food Basket (NNFB). This helps us to understand the immediate and direct relationship between income level and food insecurity.

Canada's Action Plan for Food Security 1998

This action plan was created in response to the World Food Summit of 1996 where Canada joined 186 other nations to endorse the Summit’s goal – to reduce the number of undernourished people by half no later than the year 2015. This action plan addresses the underlying food access issues relating to poverty, social justice and the degradation of natural resources.

The Future of Food - Feeding the World - The Coming Food Revolution

The most recently developed resource; this was just released in March of 2016. This is presented by Future iQ Partners as a foresight research paper. It examines a range of critical catalysts of change related to our global food supply chain, and the potential impacts on human health.

We’ll keep this section updated for you as we find more great studies.