Photo Credit: Patchwork City Farms
It’s spring and you know what that means…SEEDS!! In the same way that we promote buying local food, we also promote buying local seeds. Seed sovereignty is, of course, foundational to food sovereignty!
Virtually all vegetable seed planted in Canada is imported. Buying, planting, and saving local seed is one way to support local growers and strengthen our food system, starting with regionally adapted seeds. Steph Hughes, from The Bauta Family Initiative for Canadian Seed Security, talks about five reasons to buy local seed:
- Seeds learn as they grow. By saving seed, farmers adapt their crop varieties to their growing conditions, and improve them over time. Having a good supply of regionally- adapted seed creates resilience and crop security in a changing climate.
- Seeds help make sustainable farms. Saving seed can reduce a farmer’s input costs at the beginning of the season, and selling seed can provide important off-season income.
- Biodiversity is the foundation of healthy ecosystems! Globally, we’ve lost 75% of agricultural biodiversity in the last century. By saving seed, farmers save, improve, and even expand the diversity of local seeds available to all of us.
- Seeds are for the people. Due to corporate consolidation in the seed industry, 10 seed companies now own 75% of the global commercial seed market. By saving seed, farmers retain access to and control over the seeds that grow food for all of us.
- Every seed tells a story. Seeds have incredible historical and cultural value. By saving seeds, farmers keep these little pieces of our history and heritage alive.
Seeds grow more than food, they grow farms and communities. Be part of it!
Check out these amazing seed producers from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba that sell seeds for veggies, flowers, grasses, ground cover, grains, and more! If you’re looking for a specific seed variety adapted to your area, check out this amazing ecological seed finder through Seed of Diversity.
If scrolling through really long lists isn’t your thing, head to the YA U-MAP to see where all these amazing seed producers are located and to find the producers closest to you!
Local Seed Producers
Open pollinated, organic veggies, includes grains, some garlic & potatoes
ACROSS THE CREEK ORGANICS
Seed potatoes, organic
ALCLA NATIVE PLANTS
Native plant seed, plugs and pots
Heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs, flowers and grains
Edmonton and area locally native wildflowers that attract pollinators. Grown from untreated local seeds.
BC’S WILD HERITAGE SEEDS
Shade-loving groundcover, perennial, bulbs & ferns
BC ECO SEED COOP
Seed growers cooperative, some organic, all open pollinated, ecologically grown
BLAZING STAR WILDFLOWER SEED CO.
Prairie-native pollinator-friendly wildflower seeds & heirloom veggies
Ornamental grasses & willows
Christina Lake, BC
Heritage varieties of seed garlic organically grown
BROTHER NATURE ORGANIC SEEDS
Veggies, herbs, annuals and perennials. All seed open pollinated, certified organic.
CASEY’S HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
Amazing backyard gardener , not certified organic, huge variety
Tiny Canadian online store specializing in Jerusalem Artichokes
Salmon Arm, BC
EAGLE CREEK SEED POTATOES
THE place for seed potatoes
EAGLE RIDGE SEEDS
Rare and endangered vegetables, herbs and flowers
Salt Spring Island, BC
EDMONTON NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
Heirloom herbs, flowers and vegetables. Many organic offerings.
Powell River, BC
FRASER’S THIMBLE FARMS
Pacific Northwest natives ferns hardy orchids erythroniums, corydalis and other rare plants
Salt Spring Island, BC
FULL CIRCLE SEEDS
Certified organic seed co-operative that carries many heritage vegetable, herb and flower seeds.
Mushroom spawn and tools for small farms and DIY growers
Open pollinated, medicinal/culinary herbs, veggies, grains & flowers
HELMER’S ORGANIC FARM
Seed potatoes, organic
HERITAGE HARVEST SEED
Many rare varieties, open pollinated, good quality, order early because short supply. Up to 75% grown on Canadian farms
HOPE SEEDS AND PERENNIALS
Seed grower Cooperative. Certified organic OP veggie, potato, garlic, onion sets, garlic, flowers, herbs, cover crops. 60% coop member grown
Annapolis Royal, NS
LAUGHING SWAN FARM
Veggies, herbs & flowers
Organic herbs & flowers
MUMM’S SPROUTING SEEDS
A grower of sprouting seeds for the home grower and commercial markets.
NARAMATA SEED COMPANY
Rare heirloom veggies, tiny & excellent farm
NICOLA VALLEY PRODUCE
Specializing in heritage varieties of seed garlic, organically grown with PACS certification
PRAIRIE GARDEN SEEDS
Great varieties of veggies, all producer/home grown, mail order only
Grass, wildflower, shrub, vine
Organic, medicinal/culinary herbs, some veg & flowers– all producer/home grown
SAGE GARDEN HERBS
Certified organic veggies, herbs, flowers, microgreens & sprouting, sweet potatoes, seed potatoes, bugs & supplies
SALT SPRING SEEDS
Heirloom, heritage and organic seed growers, seed saving for 27 years
Salt Spring Island, BS
SASK GARLIC FARM
Chemical-free, hard-neck garlic
SEEDS OF THE REVOLUTION
Seeds grown by Saanich Organics, mostly veggies
Good selection certified organic, heritage/heirloom, open-pollinated seeds
WILD ABOUT FLOWERS
Southern Alberta native plant nursery
Turner Valley, AB
WILDROSE HERITAGE SEED
Open pollinated, good variety, unsure of sources
Seed & Equipment Distributors
EARLY’S FARM & GARDEN
Listed here for garden supplies & equipment. Seeds may be treated &/or Seminis outsourced
Co-op seed distributor for organic veggies, flowers, and fruits
Retailer, wholesaler, and exporter of alfalfa, clover and grass seeds, as well as several forage, lawn, pasture, and native grass mixtures
HIGH MOWING ORGANIC SEEDS
Distributor of organic veggie seeds from Northern Vermont
Large selection of seeds and varieties, safe seed pledge, employee owned
Distributor of seeds and bulbs, non-GMO and organic, safe seed pledge
WEST COAST SEEDS
Large diversity of seeds and varieties Non-GMO, non-GEO, chemical-free seed
WILLIAM DAM SEEDS
Distributor of seeds, green crops, and tool & supplies