Q: What's the first thing you should put in your garden in the spring? A: Your foot
Seeds of Diversity thanks the
J.W. McConnell Family Foundation,
the October Hill Foundation,
Bauta Initiative on Canadian Seed Security
for their support.
Items For Sale
Seeds of Diversity offers these publications for the enjoyment of members and non-members alike. All proceeds are used to help fund our worthwhile preservation and education projects.
All prices in are in Canadian dollars and include postage, handling and all applicable taxes
Please direct questions to or 1-866-509-SEED(7333). Wholesale inquiries welcome.
How to Save Your Own Seeds
A Handbook for Small-Scale Seed Production
Check out the brand new, updated and expanded edition of Seeds of Diversity's popular seed saving guide!
This 68 page handbook is greatly expanded from the previous edition, giving seed savers the most up-to-date information on seeds, flowers, and pollination. It demystifies the techniques of saving seeds from common garden vegetables, giving simple detailed instructions for each type.
Written with beginners and experts in mind, this is a manual for home seed savers as well as small-scale commercial growers. Whether you are learning to save rare heirloom varieties, discovering how to save money by growing your own seeds, or simply interested in learning more about the finer aspects of seeds and gardening, this is an excellent beginner's manual. Sections for the advanced seed saver give details on seed production of biennial crops (beets, carrots, celery, leeks, etc), hand pollination, and many more helpful hints.
For the preservation work of Seeds of Diversity to be successful, our members must know and follow proper seed saving techniques, including how to keep varieties from crossing with each other. If you are planning to save your own seeds and possibly offer them in our Member Seed Directory, we encourage you to order this handbook and learn these valuable and simple techniques.
This handbook is also a popular winter and late-summer item for garden stores and catalogue retailers. Contact our office for information on our reasonable wholesale rates for this book in either English or French editions.
Every Seed Tells a Tale
A new book from Seeds of Diversity
Did you ever wonder about the culture of Canadaís garden plants, or the history of your own garden? Seeds of Diversity is proud to release our largest collection of stories of seed heritage. Every Seed Tells a Tale - Stories of Plants, People & Places That Have Contributed to Canada's Seed Heritage is the book for you. This book is the ultimate source for seed heritage stories and information that the gardener can use.
It makes a great gift for your gardening friends. Chapters include fascinating stories of heritage vegetables, fruits, grains and flowers. Stories are told of modern-day seed savers who have rescued these precious garden treasures. Our indigenous peoples, pioneers, scientist-breeders, immigrants and others in our past are brought to life in these pages.
Every Seed Tells a Tale is for all of us who are passionate about heritage plants. The stories of Canadian seed savers and their plants can
As far as Iím concerned, Seeds of Diversity is the single best resource for Canadian gardeners interested in preserving a living part of our
shared history. Their book is a fascinating read that Iíll be keeping on my bookshelf for easy reference for years to come.
Back Issues of Seeds of Diversity Magazine
Issues previous to 1996 are called Heritage Seed Program magazine
Back issues are available for all magazines published by Seeds of Diversity and the Heritage Seed Program from December 1988 to the present (December 1988 and December 1989 are available only as photocopies).
Check out the index of articles by title and author.
As well, the Seeds of Diversity office has a database of articles searchable by keyword. Included are such things as kinds of vegetables, fruits, grains, flowers, and herbs; provinces and countries; names of museums, organizations, and seed companies; and words such as history, breeding, clonal germplasm, gardening, disease, genetic preservation, how to, breeding.
If you would like to find out about specific topics which are not apparent from titles in the index, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with the list of topics you are interested in. We will send you a list of back issues which match your topics.