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Five Ways to Find Canadian Seeds

It’s the time of year to cozy up with seed catalogues! While many gardeners prefer to leaf through paper copies of catalogues from their favourite companies, here are five ways that you can find new sources of Canadian seeds online. Check out these online services to research sources of Canadian, heritage, organic, regionally adapted or other hard-to-find seed and enjoy a beautiful, diverse garden this summer.

 

Seeds of Diversity's Canadian Seed Catalogue Index

This is a list of vegetable and fruit seeds sold by Canadian seed companies, organized by seed company and by crop. Follow links to visit any of the companies’ web sites, or click on crop names (in the box on the right) for a list of all the varieties we’ve indexed. We constantly update this list, though some information will be up to a year old.

 

Seeds of Diversity’s Ecological Seed Finder

This service, sponsored by the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security helps you find seeds that are well suited to your region in Canada. Choose a crop species and select your region to find which seed suppliers are located near you. Local seed companies often sell the varieties that are best suited for your growing conditions.

 

Seeds of Diversity's Member Seed Directory

Our seed grower members offer over 2400 varieties of vegetable, fruit, grain, flower, and herb seeds saved directly from their gardens. This directory is available to members only, so become a member today to access to this fantastic grassroots resource. Over two-thirds of these varieties are not available from any seed company. Our grower members conserve and offer these seeds to ensure that the varieties can be grown, tested and adopted by gardeners across Canada. This member-to-member seed exchange is an incredible example of people protecting the people's seeds.

 

Seedy Saturdays

These events happen all across the country through the winter months, and each features a community seed exchange. Trade or purchase seed grown by local gardeners. We have an event listing on our website - check back for updates and to find an event close to you as the winter progresses.

 

Community Seed Libraries

Community seed libraries protect genetic diversity in our food system and promote public access to seeds. Community members can check seeds out and grow them on the condition that a portion of the freshly grown seeds will be donated back to the library. These seeds are then stored and made available to others who continue to contribute to this cycle of taking seeds, growing them and donating a portion back to keep the collection viable, healthy and fresh. Seeds of Diversity works with the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security to support many of these community seed libraries across Canada because they work towards the same goal we have been striving towards for over 30 years.

 

Happy seed hunting!

 

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