North York Harvest Food Bank

March 16, 2011 11:41 ET

More World Crops in Toronto Gardens

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 16, 2011) - Bok Choy, bitter melon and long beans are important ingredients in multicultural cuisine, but few people know that you can grow them in a Toronto garden. Get a head start.

On Sunday, March 27, North York is holding its inaugural Seedy Sunday at Lawrence Heights Community Centre. It's an afternoon to learn about eco-gardening and to meet innovative non-profits, enjoy children's activities, eat delicious snacks, and exchange and buy seeds of all kinds – with a focus on organic, native and heirloom seeds.

For gardeners, foodies and green-minded folk, the event heralds the transition from winter hibernation to spring planting.

This year, it could also mean learning about diverse varieties of greens.

Ahmed Bilal will be one of the presenters giving a twist on what can grow in Ontario. His workshop, "Growing World Crops in Your Garden," will present a diverse range of produce increasingly being grown in the GTA -- Chinese hot peppers, Indian kaddu and fuzzy melon, to name only a few.

Other workshops will be on vermi-composting and how to build container gardens for small urban spaces, presented by northern Toronto non-profits, Afri-Can Food Basket and FoodCycles.

Originally started as a seed exchange, Seeds of Diversity Canada founded Seedy Saturdays and Seedy Sundays in the early nineties. The event has since spread across the country in dozens of communities. The theme of this year's event is 'Increasing access to seeds, gardening and good food,' especially reaching diverse communities that aren't always connected to the downtown gardening scene.

Seedy Sunday takes place on Sunday, March 27, from 1:00 to 5:00pm, at Lawrence Heights Community Centre (near Allen Rd. and Lawrence Ave. West, and one block east of Lawrence West subway station).

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