I got this really wicked list come up in my Facebook feed today by Small FootPrint Family. And while the list does rock, they are all American. And there ain’t nothing wrong with that if you are live there, but I do not and my family strives to support local whenever we can.
So I decided to make my own list of great little seed companies us Canadian folk can support. The little blurbs about the companies are taken directly from their websites.
Here goes nothing!
Note: If I miss any comment below and I will happily add them to my blog/list.
The Cottage Gardener (Newtonville, Ontario)
The Cottage Gardener Heirloom Seedhouse is a family owned and operated, farm-based seedhouse started by Mary and Dan Brittain. Established in 1996, The Cottage Gardener’s mandate is to provide rare, open-pollinated, non-GMO heirloom varieties to both home and market growers.
The property, located one hour east of Toronto, Ontario is a lovely, secluded 10 acres surrounded by conifers. This provides a unique micro-climate especially conducive to growing and saving seed. We are committed to bringing our customers the highest quality of seed, fair prices, and fast order processing time.
The Cottage Gardener encouarges their customers to save their own seeds and conduct several seed-saving training sessions throughout the year.
Cubit Seed Co. (Kingston, Ontario)
Welcome to Cubit’s. We sell high quality, naturally grown, open pollinated, rare and heirloom seeds for home vegetable gardens. We believe that everyone can grow their own delicious organic produce and love helping families grow their own food. We split our time between urban gardens in the city of Kingston & our small seed farm in picturesque Prince Edward County.
Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds (Palmerston, Ontario)
Hawthorn Farm produces certified organic farm selected, open-pollinated vegetable, herb, and flower seeds in Central Ontario (zone 5). Certified organic by Pro-Cert since 1996, Hawthorn Farm started as most independent seed companies do, on a kitchen table with a single page printed catalogue filled by a handful of offerings. With over a decade of growing, selecting and saving organic seeds, we now have hundreds of exciting and tasty offerings.
We are not your traditional seed house. We grow, harvest, process, perform germination tests, package, and distribute seeds on our farm. As organic growers we use farming techniques that build soil, enhance natural ecosystems, reduce water consumption and minimize energy inputs.
Heritage Harvest Seed (Carmen, Manitoba)
Heritage Harvest Seed is a Canadian heirloom/heritage seed mail order company specializing in rare and endangered heirloom/heritage varieties of vegetables, flowers and herbs. With over 700 varieties to choose from, we’ll surely have something to suit your taste. Our heirloom/heritage tomato seed collection has grown to include over 200 varieties and it keeps growing every year!
Jessy Friesen and I, along with my mother Iris Stefanec, are working together to preserve heirloom varieties and offer their seed for sale to the public. This requires a lot of research and countless hours trying to track down rare seed sources, as well as delving into the histories of different varieties.
At Heritage Harvest Seed we garden organically, although we are not certified organic. We now grow more than three quarters of our seed on our farms in Carman and Fisher Branch. We take the growing and preserving of heirloom plants and the saving of seed very seriously. When you purchase seed you can be assured that the seed is viable and true to type and that you are supporting an extremely worthwhile preservation effort.
The Incredible Seed Company (Pleasantville, Nova Scotia)
We are a farm-based Canadian seed company on the beautiful South Shore of Nova Scotia. We specialize in open-pollinated heirloom and heritage seeds. We are dedicated to supporting sustainable agriculture and the preservation of genetic diversity, as well as helping you bring delicious, homegrown healthy food into your kitchens! With your support, we will continue adding varieties and expanding our gardens. Help spread the word about the benefits of heirloom and open pollinated seeds!
Richters Herbs (Goodwood, Ontario)
If you grow your own herbs or make your own herbal products, or if you are in the business of herbs, make Richters your destination.
Richters has been growing and selling herbs since 1969. Our first catalogue dedicated to herbs came out in 1970. We have lived, worked and breathed herbs ever since.
Salt Spring Seeds (Salt Spring Island, British Columbia)
This is our 29th year of promoting a safe, sustainable and local agriculture. It is very gratifying to now see so many individuals and communities embracing this concept! We hope that some of the vegetables, beans, grains and herbs in this catalogue will help you to become more self-reliant in food and medicine.
All our seeds are untreated, open-pollinated and non-GMO. We grow all our own seeds and sell only our most recent harvest. We fill orders year-round and usually within a day or two of receiving your requests.
Urban Harvest (Toronto, Ontario)
At Urban Harvest, we are dedicated to providing our customers with certified organic seeds, seedlings and garden supplies that promote ecological diversity and preserve the health of our planet. Everything we sell is 100% certified organic.
Our organic and heirloom varieties are specially chosen for their unique qualities for both urban gardens and market gardeners. All of our seedlings are grown in or near the Greater Toronto Area to support the economies of Toronto, Ontario and Canada.
West Coast Seeds (Vancouver, British Columbia)
West Coast Seeds started in 1983 in Vancouver, British Columbia, under the stewardship of Mary Ballon. A nursing instructor at the University of British Columbia, Mary’s love of gardening and fervent belief in growing food locally has helped motivate a generation of organic gardeners on the West Coast and right across the continent. West Coast Seed only sells untreated seeds. We specialize in HEIRLOOM and CERTIFIED ORGANIC seeds for organic growing. We offer 800 varieties of untreated, non GMO, non GEO, open pollinated and hybrid seeds for your selection as well as a wide range of gardening supplies.