Vendors and shoppers at the Sustainable Garden Expo in Fredericton are fed up with the snow and are anxious for the arrival of spring. 

With snow still covering much of New Brunswick, and more on the way, vendors at the annual event promoted new seeds, full gardens and backyard birds.


Madeleine Berrevoets says the annual expo has expanded every year they've held it. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

Madeleine Berrevoets says the event has never been more popular and it has grown a lot over the short couple of years she's helped host it.

"The goal is education and the goal is community," said Berrevoets. "Our focus is growing food, growing minds and growing community. We want people to know what's going on in their community, we want people to get outside, and we want people to learn."

Berrevoets said even if people have just a small plot of dirt in their backyard, or even on their balcony, they can grow food instead of buying it off the shelf.

"Even if they don't have a backyard space they can sign up for a space at one of our community gardens,"said Berrevoets.

"They can learn everything they need to know to grow a garden successfully right here with us."

Among the garden planners, and seed libraries, birds have been making a niche at the Expo as well. 

Chicken Coop

Cedar chicken coops built by carpenter Richard Hefling and complete with chickens were on hand at the annual expo. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

Laying hens and quails were on display, both species known for their edible eggs.

"People like to eat what they can grow and I guess that's starting to move into eggs as well," said Richard Hefling.

Helfing build coops for backyards hens that comply with the cities codes. There's been a market for his cedar coops ever since the city of Fredericton dropped their bylaws barring hens in 2013.

"There's been a lot of interest this spring," said Hefling. "More than last. But in the city you're only allowed three or four hens, so they have to be fairly small and it has to look nice."