Transition Into Spring at the Benson Centre

Krystine Therriault - Seaway News
Transition Into Spring at the Benson Centre
Jamie MacRae (Cornerstone Organics) and niece, Wiley. (Photo : Krystine Therriault/Seaway News)

Formerly known as Cornwall Seedy Saturday, the Transition Into Spring event that took place on Saturday March 18th at the Benson featured fan favorites including seed swap tables, children’s activities, ask a gardener tables, free gardening workshops… and much more.

“We have run the Seedy Saturday event for eight years. With the pandemic a lot of different things changed. When we brought back the event, we had a lot of interest and excitement from a diverse group of partners within our com-
munity,” explained Transition Cornwall+ member, Kat Rendek, “We thought, if there was a time to expand and broaden our partnership and everything that we’re offering, this would definitely be the year to do it. It is going beyond gardening and seeds specifically and a little bit more into general lifestyle, sustainability, and education around things that might be part of someone’s springtime activities.”

When Cornwall Seedy Saturday started eight years ago it was a small event held at the Agape Centre. For the last four years it has been held at the Benson Centre as the March Break event grew in popularity and more space was needed.

“We would like to thank our continued sponsors, the City of Cornwall’s Environmental Services Department and the Kinsmen Club of Cornwall for doing the children’s seed market. They’ve sponsored that from the beginning and
it’s a really exciting partnership. We’re really happy to have those two partners with us,” said

The event was well attended by people of all ages. Many children stopped to make crafts from recycled materials provided by Yafa Arts and Crafts or create bird feeders out of recycled egg cartons. Several members of Cornwall City Council stopped by, including Mayor Justin Towndale and councilors Sarah Good, Elaine MacDonald, and Todd Bennett.

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