SEEDS launches Nelson calendar fundraiser

...and is starting outdoor demonstration gardens.

SEEDS' calendar features 12 photos donated by local photographer Madeleine Guenette.

SEEDS is selling a classy new calendar and planning outdoor demonstration gardens while awaiting news from the city’s insurance adjuster on the repair of their greenhouse destroyed by a fallen tree.

The non-profit seniors’ group produced 30 pounds of food per week in the city-owned greenhouse at Lakeside Park before a windstorm last June brought its activities to a halt.

In the meantime, the group is planning to run demonstration gardens in its outdoor plots just west of the tennis courts, to help people with specific kinds of gardens.

“If you have a patio garden, here is a demonstration of what you can do with it and here are some workshops around that,”says SEEDS executive director Eva Hernandez. “Then the same for a small yard garden, and then a large yard garden.

“And we are hoping to include a small household size greenhouse, showing what a person can do with that. There are composting and permaculture aspects to it, and also workshops where you can come every month and get a workshop on where your garden is at.

Tina Sheilds (left) and Eva Hernandez with SEEDS’ new calendar.

“The greenhouse was great for production and beautiful in the winter for volunteers and groups to come in, but not really an example of what someone could do with their home.”

SEEDS past president Tina Shields says once there is an insurance decision and the greenhouse is rebuilt, lots of community groups are waiting to help out. In the meantime they hope to raise some money with Four Seasons in Nelson BC, a calendar with donated photography by Madeleine Guenette, available at Save-On-Foods and the Kootenay Co-op.

“We are fundraising so we can make a really beautiful greenhouse,” Shields told the Star. “And the calendar will be perfect for people who live here or people who used to live here. We hope to produce one every year with a different theme. This year is seasons of Nelson but we could have artists of Nelson, gardens of Nelson, buildings of Nelson, news reporters of Nelson …”