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Suppliers of Organic Seeds in Canada

"An excellent site for information about where to find reliable organic seed." - University of Guelph, Open Learning.

Because this site was initially serving British Columbia, we have mostly BC businesses listed. We are now open to including any company selling organic seed in Canada. Your listing will be identified accordingly. For information on having your seed business listed on this and our Organic Seed Sources - available varieties page, e-mail us.

Seed Potatoes

Q. Can I use regular table potatoes for my small market garden? I keep hearing that I should use certified potatoes, but is there a real difference?

A. Although one potato may seem just like another on the surface, there are very good reasons to buy certified seed potatoes, especially if you're growing on any scale. Potatoes fall prey to various diseases, among them common scab, black scurf, silver scurf, late blight and viruses like bacterial ring rot. These diseases can spread slowly or quickly through a garden. Diseases can be carried by aphids as well, which will increase the spread. And once you have disease established on your farm, it can be nearly impossible to eradicate. This is one thing for a family garden, a much bigger issue for a commercial enterprise, especially for one hoping to share or sell seed potato as part of their business plan. Certified stock has been rigorously tested for diseases that are impossible to check for when planting out store-bought or neighbourhood potatoes. It's worth the investment to bring only the best stock onto your land.

If you have diseased plants, and you are in British Columbia, Canada, fill out this form and send your sample with the form to: Susan Smith, Industry Specialist, Field Vegetables and Organics, BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands. Phone:  604-556-3046 Susan.L.Smith@gov.bc.ca

Across the Creek Organics: Seed potatoes.
contact: Bruce Miller
phone: 604.894.6463 Fax 604-894-1121
e-mail: acrossthecreek@gmail.com
address: 8356 Meadows Rd., Pemberton BC, VON 2L2

Boundary Garlic: Seed garlic. Many heritage varieties.
contact: Sonia Stairs
phone: 250.449.2152
e-mail: sonia@garlicfarm.ca
address: Box 273, Midway BC, V0H 1M0

Eagleridge Seeds
contact: Marsha Goldberg
e-mail : seedkeeper@telus.net
address: 219 Eagleridge Dr., Salt Spring Island BC, V8K 2L1

Echo Valley Organics: Heirloom vegetable, flowers, medicinal and culinary herbs.
contact: Mark
phone: 250.653.0036
e-mail: farmboys@saltspring.com

Fieldstone Granary Ltd.: Grains and cover-crop seeds
contact: Pat Holman (manager)
phone 250.546.4558
e-mail: manager@fieldstonegranary.ca
address: 4851 Schubert Rd., Armstrong BC, V0E 1B4

Full Circle Seeds: Vegetable, heritage, herbs and flowers seeds
contact: Mary Alice Johnson
phone: 250.642.3671
e-mail: alm@islandnet.com
address: Box 807, 3680 Otter Point Rd., Sooke BC, V0S 1N0
List of available varieties

Gudjonson Farms: Garlic seeds
contact: Jay Gudjonson
phone: 250.428.9887
e-mail: gudjonsonfarms@hotmail.com
address: 2120 Sinclair Rd., Creston BC, V0B 1G0

Heirloom Vegetables Tested at the Kerr Center

Older, “heirloom” crop varieties are beginning to make a comeback. Two new reports detail the performance of heirloom squash and tomatoes at the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture, a nonprofit educational foundation in Poteau, Oklahoma. During the 2009 growing season, the Kerr Center tested 14 heirloom varieties of squash, and 16 of tomatoes. The squash trial (PDF/475KB) rated varieties for yield and date of first harvest, and the report details several other characteristics. Results reported from the tomato trial (PDF/370KB) include yield, date of first harvest, and marketability, along with comments on best use and other aspects.

Haliburton Farm
contact: Elmarie Roberts
phone: 250.658.0758
e-mail: info@haliburtonfarm.org
address: 741 Haliburton Rd., Victoria BC, V8Y 1H7

Hawthorn Farm
contact: Kim Delaney
e-mail: sales@hawthornfarm.ca
address: RR 3, 5961 5th Line, Palmerston ON, N0G 2P0

Les Jardins de l'écoumène
contact: Jean-François Lévêque
phone: 450.835.1149
e-mail: info@ecoumene.com
address: 2855 ch. de l'Écoumène. Saint-Damien, PQ, J0K 2E0

May Bay Organic Seed Garlic: Garlic seeds
contact: Valerie Russell
phone: 250.746.7466
e-mail: sales@mbgarlic.com
address: 6462 Pacific Dr., Duncan BC, V9L 5S7

Planting Seeds Project: Open-pollinated heirloom and heritage vegetable, herb and flower seeds.
contact: Mojave Kaplan
phone: 250.455.2392 ext.11 (early or evening)
e-mail: seedwarrioress@yahoo.ca
address: PO Box 536, Lytton BC, VOK 1Z0

Rasa Creek Farm Inc.: seed garlic, culinary garlic, scapes and bulbils for distribution throughout Canada.
contact: Jim Capellini, Farm Manager
phone: 250.547.2077
address: 1871 Trinity Valley Road, Lumby BC, V0E 2G4

Salt Spring Seeds: Open-pollinated garlic, vegetables, flowers and herbs.
contact: Dan Jason
phone: 250.537.5269
address: Box 444, Ganges P.O., Salt Spring Island BC, V8K 2W1
List of available varieties

SeedsNow: Only 100% Natural non-hybridized (heirloom) varieties. All 100% non-GMO.
phone: 1-877-344-4669
e-mail: support@SeedsNow.com
address: PO Box 1820 Thousand Oaks, CA 91358

Seeds of Change:
contact: Joel Reiten
phone: 1-888-762-7333
e-mail: joel.reiten@effem.com
address: PO Box 152, Spicer, MN 56288, USA
List of available varieties

Seeds of Victoria: Open-pollinated vegetables, heirloom tomatoes, herbs, perennials and annuals.
contact: Carolyn Herriot
phone: 250.881.1555
Lettuce blossome-mail: thegardenpath@shaw.ca
address: 395 Conway Road, Victoria BC, V9E 2B9
List of available varieties

Stellar Seeds: Vegetables, flowers, herbs - most seed certified.
contact: Patrick Steiner
phone: 250.804.0122
e-mail: info@stellarseeds.com
address: 3801-40th St. NE, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 1Z6
List of available varieties

Sunshine Farm: Heirloom and rare vegetables, flowers and herbs
contact: Jon and Sher Alcock
phone: 250.764.4810
e-mail: info@sunshinefarm.net
address: 2225 Saucier Rd., Kelowna BC, V1W 4B8
List of available varieties

Twin Meadows Organics: Garlic, heirloom grains, vegetables.
contact: Garry or Wendy Lowe
phone: 250.569.7810
e-mail: info@twinmeadowsranch.com
address: Box 926, McBride BC, V0J 2E0
List of available varieties

Two Wings Farm: Heirloom vegetable, herb and flower seeds.
Contact: Marti Martin-Wood
phone: 250.478.3794
e-mail: www.twinmeadowsorganics.com
address: 4768 William Head Road, Victoria BC, V9C 3Y7

West Coast Seeds: Open pollinated and F1, vegetable, herb and flowers.
contact: Mary Ballon
e-mail: info@westcoastseeds.com
address: 3925 - 64th St, RR1, Delta BC, V4K 3N2
List of available varieties

For information on having your seed business listed on this page and our seeds listing with chart of available varieties, e-mail us.

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