Welcome to our seed listing! We are enthusiastic gardeners and seed savers with a large collection of seeds which we have been maintaining for about 30 years (the collection started off small and has had many additions throughout the years). Increasingly, a part of our work has been educating people about plants, seeds, local food, gardening and seed saving. As seed savers and preservationists, we encourage others to engage in the work we do in order to empower people to grow food from seed to seed.
You can download the PDF version of our complete 2019 listing here (still using this version in 2020 though some things have changed so please confirm availability of items with our website listing or by emailing us).
NOTE that this is not an online Order Form. You will have to fill out the form in a PDF OR print the form, write your order by hand, put it in an old-fashioned envelope (or email it) with a cheque (made out to RACHELLE TERNIER or JIM TERNIER) for the appropriate amount and mail it to the address in Humboldt. New for 2019, e-transfers (Canadian customers only) accepted to firstname.lastname@example.org . No password required. More information on ordering here.
We have divided the catalogue listing into 11 main categories (see menu on the right), all of which are divided into sub-categories that pop up under the main category when clicked on. Jim has always organized the catalogue according to 1 of 2 systems; either by botanical family (beans, peas, other pulse/legume crops, corn, grains and cereals, solanaceae, vine crops), or according to use (other seed crops, leaf crops, root crops, flowers and decorative plants).
Jim’s tendency in the paper catalogue has been to list varieties in order from earliest maturing to latest maturing (although not all sections are organized this way, for example, the flowers sections are listed alphabetical by latin name). The reason for this is that we feel it helps people better plan their garden and choose between varieties. We have generally kept the order the same as the paper catalogue even for the new website although a few sections are listed alphabetically now instead. We do not use “Days to maturity” figures, as we do not feel this is a reliable/consistent measure. There are so many factors that affect the growth of a plant in a certain area throughout the season for this to be a helpful number.
Latin names are included for each item in our seed catalogue as this is often a good way to see what plants are closely related and to help in seed saving. As a general rule, two plants may cross if both their first and second names (genus and species) are the same, although there are exceptions. Latin has been the “universal” way of talking about plants and the plant world and so we feel it is important to include these names as it can clear up ambiguity when the English name doesn’t help with clarification. Throughout the online catalogue, latin names are clickable which leads to a menu that allows you to browse the whole catalogue by latin name.
We have loads of photographs and Meghan has volunteered to work on organizing our photos and uploading them to the website! She is also a wonderful photographer and is contributing her skills in those areas as well so many photographs you see will have been taken by her.
We will also be adding information to various parts of the site as time permits. We just have to find the time for writing, researching, editing, and posting it all in the appropriate spot.
Thanks for popping by and happy browsing!
A few more notes that may be of interest to you:
PLEASE NOTE: During the peak season (March-May) it may take up to four weeks to process an order. We encourage you to group orders whenever you can. On orders sent in one package to one address there is only one handling charge. We hope you will forgive us if we occasionally group orders when it seems appropriate. If you are dissatisfied with any of our seeds we will replace them, refund you your money or give you a credit.
If anyone is interested in older varieties or ones not readily available commercially, we invite them to become members of Seeds of Diversity Canada (SoDC, formerly known as Heritage Seed Program), Box 36, Station Q, Toronto, ON, M4T 2L7. One of the activities promoted by SoDC is Seedy Saturdays (and Sundays), held in various locations throughout Canada in the winter and early spring. Each one is a day of buying, selling and swapping seeds as well as talks, displays and other educational events. We attend events every year in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Please check our events page for more details about the Seedy Saturday/Sunday events we attend. We would be happy to meet any customers who come to these events, and bring prepared seed orders with us for you. On orders picked up at events or in Humboldt, Saskatoon, North Battleford, or at the farm, there is NO SHIPPING & HANDLING FEE. See a listing of all Seedy Saturday/Sunday events throughout Canada here.
SoDC offers a 60-page booklet entitled How to Save Your Own Seeds and La conservation des semences. It is available through their website or we also often have these books for sale with us at events.
A NOTE ABOUT THE SEEDS OFFERED IN OUR CATALOGUE:
All seeds are open pollinated,
untreated and not genetically engineered.
All seeds are grown without agricultural chemicals
except those marked (C) (commercial seed).
Prairie Garden Seeds has added their voice with others on the Safe Seed Pledge (put together by the Council for Responsible Genetics). The SAFE SEED INITIATIVE has joined with a number of seed companies to create the Safe Seed Pledge which states:
“Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy, sell or trade genetically engineered seeds or plants.
The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately healthy people and communities.”
We try to thank each person who sends us seed samples and used stamps (yes, Jim collects stamps as well as seeds!), but in case we forgot: THANK YOU. Every year a few new seeds find their way into our seed catalogue, many of which have been gifts from you who are reading this.
A big thank you is due to Betty Ternier Daniels and Judy Ternier (Jim’s sisters). They have been very generous in providing seeds for the catalogue from their gardens. Judy, her husband Tom, and now Janice who works with them growing vegetables and seeds, grow a lot of the seeds found in this listing. Their farm operation is called Largo Farm and more information about their farm can be found on their website/blog. A final thank you goes to Marie-Louise (wife/mom) for all the work she has done and for supporting and loving the farmer for the past 34 years. And thanks to Jim AND Marie-Louise for raising the next generation farmer, for the past 30 years!
Do you have seeds you would like to trade, or is there anything you would like us to offer in future years? If you do not see a seed you would like in our listing, ask and we might have a bit on hand. We are happy to have your comments on our seeds, or on any aspect of gardening on the prairies.
Rachelle and Jim
NOTE that this is not an online Order Form. You will have to fill out the form in a PDF OR print the form, write your order by hand, put it in an old-fashioned envelope (or email it) with a cheque (made out to RACHELLE TERNIER or JIM TERNIER) for the appropriate amount and mail it to the address in Humboldt. New for 2019, e-transfers (Canadian customers only) accepted to email@example.com NO password required.