Organic food requires organic seed. Local food requires local seed. Quality food requires quality seed.
The best local and regional foods can only be grown with seed varieties bred in those regions. Many Canadian-bred varieties are no longer available commercially. Most seeds are produced overseas and traded through a global wholesale system. Since Canadian agriculture is a relatively small market, the global system does not provide our growers with our home-bred seed varieties.
We currently have 2 seed production partner projects in Eastern Canada:
Organizing knowledgeable and skilled growers in Ontario into a connected network of seed producers to produce vegetable and specialty crop seeds which will then be pooled for bulk-scale supply to vegetable farmers, gardeners, and other growers, and
ECOSGN (Eastern Canadian Organic Seed Growers Network)
A network of organic seed growers from across Eastern Canada who we partner with to host an organic seed production conference every 2 years. Watch for 2016 dates!
Additionally, we partner with the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security to support farmers and gardeners interested in increasing the amount of regionally-adapted organic vegetable seed produced right here in Canada. One of our main focuses has been to support the development of Community Seed Libraries across the country.