"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.
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
Full Circle Seeds: Vegetable, heritage, herbs and flowers seeds
contact: Mary Alice Johnson
address: Box 807, 3680 Otter Point Rd., Sooke BC, V0S 1N0 List of available varieties
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.
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)
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
address: 1871 Trinity Valley Road, Lumby BC, V0E 2G4
The end of farm-saved seed?
This briefing traces the recent discussions within the seed industry and explores what will happen if a plant variety right becomes virtually indistinguishable from a patent. FULL STORY
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