Encouraging home gardening and seed saving since 1986


Seeds of Diversity – Canadian Seed Catalogue Index

“Looking for seeds? This is a list of vegetable and fruit seeds that were sold in recent years by Canadian seed companies.

Click on a section in the list below to see the varieties available, and the companies that sold/sell them. Visit these companies, buy their seeds, and enjoy a beautiful, diverse garden this summer!”

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Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)

“Mission: To promote food sovereignty and democratic decision-making on science and technology issues in order to protect the integrity of the environment, health, food, and the livelihoods of people in Canada and around the world by facilitating, informing and organizing civil society action, researching, and providing information to government for policy development.

To achieve this CBAN works to:

– Facilitate collaborative campaigning at the local, regional, national and international levels
– Enable individual Canadians to take strategic and effective action
– Research and monitor new technologies and provide credible information
– Challenge government to transparency, accountability and democratic process

CBAN Is a project of Tides Canada Initiatives.”

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Seed Saver’s Exchange

The American equivalent of Seeds of Diversity Canada. “Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds. Since 1975, our members have been passing on our garden heritage by collecting and distributing thousands of samples of rare garden seeds to other gardeners.”

USC Canada

“USC Canada was founded by Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova in 1945 as the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada. Our Mission is to promote vibrant family farms, strong rural communities, and healthy ecosystems around the world. With engaged Canadians and partners in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, we support programs, training, and policies that strengthen biodiversity, food sovereignty, and the rights of those at the heart of resilient food systems – women, indigenous peoples, and small-scale farmers.”

Council for Responsible Genetics – Safe Seed Pledge

“Created in 1999, the Safe Seed Pledge helps to connect non-GM seed sellers, distributors and traders to the growing market of concerned gardeners and agricultural consumers. The Pledge allows businesses and individuals to declare that they “do not knowingly buy, sell or trade genetically engineered seeds,” thus assuring consumers of their commitment.”

Het Hof van Eden – The Court of Eden

Het Hof van Eden houdt zich bezig met het bijeen brengen van levende geschiedenis en geschiedenis die alleen door in leven gehouden te worden een kans van overleven heeft. Met andere woorden:
Het verwerven, behouden, verbouwen/fokken, verwerken en het zodoende beschikbaar houden van de basis-middelen waarop de geschiedenis van de mens is gebouwd. Het belang hiervan is, een bron te garanderen ter verzekering en ter voorziening van een goede fundering voor de “geschiedenis” van de toekomst.

Canada’s National Genebank – Plant Gene Resources of Canada

“Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada appointed the first Plant Gene Resources officer, and established Plant Gene Resources of Canada ( PGRC) in 1970. Until early 1998 it was located on the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, but [has since] moved to a modern facility in Saskatoon. PGRC seed genebank, as part of the Saskatoon Research Centre coordinates Canada’s germplasm system and is the main repository for seed.”

Seeds of Diversity Canada

Seeds of Diversity Canada is Canada’s national seed saving organization. “Seeds of Diversity is a Canadian charitable organization dedicated to the conservation, documentation and use of public-domain, non-hybrid plants of Canadian significance. [It is is] a Canadian volunteer organization that conserves the biodiversity and traditional knowledge of food crops and garden plants. Our 1400 members from coast to coast are gardeners, farmers, teachers, scientists, agricultural historians, researchers and seed vendors. Together we grow, propagate and distribute over 2900 varieties of vegetables, fruit, grains, flowers and herbs. We are a living gene bank. Members receive our 40-page magazine Seeds of Diversity twice a year, plus our annual Member Seed Directory which allows members to obtain samples of over 2900 varieties of seeds and plants offered by other members in exchange for return postage.”

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