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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 Map

“In 2007, the update of a 1992 teaching kit evolved into a collaboration between USC Canada and ETC Group to create the hard copy wall-sized Seed Map. The Seed Map: Food, Farmers and Climate Chaos, chronicled the planet’s plant genetic wealth, how it is threatened, what are the solutions – all laid out in a physical map. We created Seedmap.org to replace the physical Seed Map and make it even more complete, up-to-date and interactive. [It] is an online portal on seeds, biodiversity and food. The heart of Seedmap.org is an interactive map that uses Google technology to let you visit hundreds of case studies around the world where agricultural biodiversity originated, is threatened, and where people are working to safeguard it. The Seed Map is divided into three thematic units – food diversity, threats and solutions- with each unit digging deeper into topics, sub-topics, and case studies that bring the issues to life.”

Vegetable Cultivar Descriptions for North America

Information from North Carolina State University regarding North American bred vegetable cultivars. “This list of the North American vegetable cultivars is a compilation of the previous vegetable cultivar lists that were published in the Proceedings of the American Society for Horticultural Science and in HortScience. The original lists published in the journals were developed using the database of cultivars registered with the American Seed Trade Association, as well as published descriptions from scientific journals and seed catalogs. Assistant editors responsible for each crop were instructed to obtain as much information as possible about the cultivars available to North American growers. The crop species are listed alphabetically, and cultivars are listed alphabetically within each of those.”

Canadian Tomato Project

Support the growing and saving seeds of Canadian bred tomato cultivars! “Seeds of Diversity’s Canadian Tomato Project invites gardeners throughout Canada to grow all known Canadian tomatoes in a multiyear project with careful documentation. During the last century over 100 tomato varieties were bred or adapted to grow well in Canadian growing conditions, but seeds for most of these are difficult to find and information about them is scattered and incomplete. There are no longer any garden tomato breeding programs in Canada. All new varieties on the market are bred for American gardens and growing conditions. Plus, large seed companies don’t sell all-Canadian seeds anymore. Mostly they import seeds from California, Mexico and Asia. Our tried and true Canadian varieties are still out there, but who is growing them?”

Radboud University of Nijmegen Experimental Garden and Genebank – Solanaceae Database

The Experimental Garden and Genebank of the Radboud University of Nijmegen pays special attention to the family of Solanaceae and maintains the most extensive ex situplant collection of non-tuberous Solanaceae species in the world.

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