August 24

Canada: Local grower showcases importance of regional seed varieties

The team at Fertile Ground Farm have spent the first half of the 2022 growing season preparing to show off a series of regionally-adapted vegetable crop varieties to the public. Now it’s time to sample the goods at an event coordinated by the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO).   

On August 24th, growers and eaters can tour the demonstration gardens, learn why regionally-adapted seeds matter and sample the produce. Chef Jon Rennie of Odd Duck Wine and Provisions in Kitchener-Waterloo will provide tastings that highlight the flavors of some of the varieties, such as okra, red and orange carrots, and red bell peppers. 

What: Seed Demonstration Garden Tour & Local Varieties TastingWhere: Fertile Ground Farm, 1560 Carmel-Koch Rd., St Agatha, Ontario 
When: Wed. August 24 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Regionally-adapted seeds offer farmers an alternative to seeds grown in far-off regions with different conditions and climates than those experienced here. Seeds that have been bred in Southwestern Ontario over multiple generations may be more likely to result in success for growers in this region and can provide increased climate resilience. 

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