I’m the optimistic type in most cases, but I have to admit that good news is, shall we say, hard to come by. However, getting my hands in the dirt and gardening gives me comfort and meeting other people who share this passion stimulates me!
On February 4 and 5, the Montreal Seed Festival was finally back, in person! I say finally, because the last two editions took place…virtually.
For those of you who haven’t been following the news over the last few years, we have been trying to get through a worldwide pandemic and The-Disease-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named has forced us to take some health precautions. It was finally the opportunity to meet again in real life.
Seeds of Solidarity
For the occasion, various round tables “honored the links of solidarity that are being forged between the actors of the living world” were organized. One of these was entitled: Joining forces to grow more seeds in Quebec. Even novice gardeners were invited to a workshop to make seed bombs to spread the beauty of flowers.
I have to admit, the concept of solidarity can be used in all sorts of ways, so here is the definition:
- A relationship existing between people who, having a community of interests, are linked to each other (…)
Well, that’s exactly what happened at this great festival. People from all over met, networked and got to know… other people who share their interests. All of them had in common this project to grow something.
Obviously, it was the perfect opportunity to buy unique, local and quality seeds with the added bonus of meeting, in person, those who produce them.
You Will Never Guess Who I Met…
And yes! I had the chance to meet Mathieu Hodgson, editor of Laidback Gardener, at my booth.
Mathieu told me that he came on a mission to meet people and make allies for his projects. Let’s face it, taking over the reins of the Laidback Gardener is no small task!
He reminded me of the definition of solidarity that I put above.
To contribute to his mission, I told him that if he was going to start somewhere, he should talk to the Cultiver Montréal gang.
That’s when I lost track of him…
What Brought Me to This Seed Festival?
That’s a good question, and it would have been easy to call me a fraud, since I was running the only booth that had nothing to sell. In fact, I was promoting the My Space for Life Garden program that the Laidback Gardener wrote about in May 2022.
To make a long story short, our mission is to encourage people to make more room for biodiversity in their gardens. A certification that recognizes the efforts of those who manage their green spaces is awarded at the end of the season.
In fact, the teachings of the Laidback Gardener often guide me in my work; after all, to be laidback… is often to let nature do some of the work. After all, pollinators fertilize flowers while predatory insects control pests. A laidback gardener is well advised to provide a green space that promotes this biodiversity to avoid having to intervene ( themselves ) to correct the slightest situation.
What if part of the solution to living well together, in the city, was to let nature take over?
A search and find to dream the city of the future: a game to think about
In order to compete with the other booths present at the event, I set up a concept that would arouse interest! Young and old were invited to answer various questions in order to break the ice during a utopian search and find.
Want to try?
To play, try to answer these questions by looking at the illustration that adorned my booth:
What city are we in?
Where is the nature lover hiding?
Where is the maple leaf?
If you were a frog, where would you live?
In what year does the illustration take place?
How many cars are in the picture?
Is it utopian to think that our cities will look like this one day? Maybe, but I can’t help but believe that the city of the future (the Smart City) will have to make room for much more vegetation and, by extension, all the biodiversity that will benefit from it. This is why it is important to celebrate the importance of seeds. After all, everything starts with a seed.