Our seeds are non-certified ORGANIC (produced without chemical fertilizers or pesticides) and are grown, harvested, and processed by hand–with love–in small-scale backyards and community gardens in and around Guelph, ON, Canada. Our seeds are not patented, PVP, or genetically modified (GMO). We offer open-pollinated, public domain seed, as well as heterogeneous (diverse gene) bulk populations. Our seeds have been sourced from all over the world and we are working to adapt them to our local environments while also increasing genetic diversity overall, so varieties succeed in your environments.
Our mission is to increase and preserve plant genetic diversity based on the science that in-situ (on-site) conservation, in varying environments will improve the resiliency of seed varieties and safeguard their genetic diversity from extinction. Unlike traditional seed companies, our wish is for this genetic diversity to be adapted within your particular environments, with your caring hands–a real grassroots seed conservation movement! By doing so, together we increase plant genetic diversity, adaptability, and resilience–tools needed for a changing climate and halting consolidation in the seed and food industries.
We hope that in time, this adapted germplasm can be exchanged with other backyard seed savers, in an exchange system that we plan to grow and will serve as a safe house of seeds that have been honed and adapted over time.
Because we are limited by land and sets of hands we only deal with small quantities of seed. However, with our care, attention to detail, and our personalized approach we offer the highest quality seeds and service. We perform our own germination testing, guaranteeing seed quality and strive to process orders within 3-5 business days.
We offer 100 seeds for $5.00 for most varieties except tomato (10 seeds for $5.00) and bean/pea (50 seeds for $5.00). One lb. garlic (available from Sept. to Oct. only) is $10.00. We ask that quantities be limited to two packets per variety; however we may have more of some varieties available. If you need more than 2 packs of seed, please be in touch to see if this is possible. For garlic please limit to 1 lb. per order.
We offer flat rate ($5.00) shipping across Canada. Whether you order one, or twenty seed packs, shipping is always just $5.00. We offer shipping to the U.S. based on the size and weight of orders. Overseas shipping is also available. If there are any questions about our pricing or shipping, or if you are ordering from outside Canada please contact us.
We regularly ship to the U.S. and overseas. However, we cannot guarantee seeds will pass the phytosanitary requirements of the importing country. If you are interested in placing an order outside of Canada, please check the importing requirements for your country first, and then be in touch with us so we can work out the details. For U.S. customers, please contact us with your order and shipping address so we can provide a shipping estimate prior to custom invoicing.
“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 or sell 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 are 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.” (see history of The Safe Seed Pledge)