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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Heirloom seeds companies

It's nearly the end of February, but not too late to still mail away for some new seeds! As there are not often heirloom (or even organic) seeds available at the local stores or garden centres, we thought we'd post a list of our favourite small-scale seed suppliers who offer wonderful and hard-to-find varieties of heritage seeds. Consider supporting these small suppliers, who work hard to keep these old varieties alive and viable year after year - and of course, don't forget to let a few of these plants go to seed to save some of these varieties yourself once you have them in your garden.

Many of these old varieties come with fascinating stories, often expressed in their unique names - e.g. Mennonite Orange tomatoes, Cherokee Purple tomatoes, Mortgage Lifter tomatoes, Baie Verte Acadian Beans, Tante Alice cucumbers, Mammoth Melting Sugar peas, Black Spanish radish, Galeux d'Eysines pumpkin, Cream of Saskatchewan watermelon, etc. Non-profit organizations like Seeds of Diversity Canada, and Seed Savers Exchange (USA) have legions of members who help share the work of keeping these varieties alive - consider joining one of these groups to access their vast member catalogue seed exchange network and help with the important work of saving seeds.

Eternal Seeds (Quebec)
http://www.eternalseed.ca
Greta's Organic Seeds (Ontario)
http://www.seeds-organic.com
Hope Seeds (New Brunswick)
http://www.hopeseed.com

Salt Spring Seeds (BC)

http://www.saltspringseeds.com/

Seeds of Change (eastern USA)
http://www.seedsofchange.com
Seed Savers Exchange (USA)
http://www.seedsavers.org
Seeds of Diversity (Canada)
http://www.seeds.ca
Terra Edibles (Ontario)
http://www.terraedibles.ca
The Cottage Gardener (Ontario)
http://www.cottagegardener.com
Urban Harvest (Toronto)
http://www.uharvest.ca
West Coast Seeds (BC)
http://www.westcoastseeds.com

6 comments:

  1. You can also try below site for great variety of seeds.

    heirloom seeds

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  2. Hi! Thanks much for sharing the links. I am also on a look out for one because I am collecting heirloom seeds. I wish to share plenty of seeds too to my mom.
    Heirloom Seeds

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  3. Great links! I am also collecting heirloom seeds and I love to try other heirloom seeds as well. I started planting these seeds because of my mom. Nice post!

    Heirloom Seeds

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  4. Great blog! Thanks for all the great info.
    Here's another great (small) seed company:

    http://marysheirloomseeds.com/

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  5. This is very helpful. We have dandelions every year here! I am going to grow some herbs, mint, lemon balm for the bugs, and I am going to try catnip.

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  6. AnonymousJune 02, 2012

    In my interest in safe seeds and safe food, I did some research and found your related site, and wanted to know if your plants are grown outside in soil or in greenhouses, and how safe they really are to use.

    The reason I ask is because of what Monsanto is doing, and because of the chemtrails (the military's spray Project = Operation Cloverleaf, and related subjects such as the Doomsday Seed Vault, Operation Cable Splicer, Operation Garden Plot, HAARP, Project Paperclip, Georgia Guidestones...) being sprayed from the air and its serious affects on soil, plants and people.

    I also wanted to know if you were aware of the serious and devastating things the UN, etc, are doing regarding our food, our health, etc, like "Agenda 21", "Codex Alimentarius", and "sustainable development" (which means no more farming, or families, or freedom), and the like, and how you keep your food and seeds safe with this happening, and what you plan to do in the future because of it.

    Note: if you don't know what the subjects are I am refering to that affect your soil, your seeds and everyone's health, etc, you can find all kinds of related info on the internet, on youtube, etc.

    I used to work for Conair, a Canadian aircraft company that had a US military contract to build the delivery systems for the chemtrail materials. My brother was the head weldor/fabricator of the systems. We quit after we found out what it was for, and made an effort to share what we know with the world and to find things like heritage seeds that are not affected by the harmful chemicals, etc. We are trying to locate seeds unaffected by the products sprayed in chemtrails (see: www.carnicominstitute.org).

    Thanks for your reply!

    Conroy Penner

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