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Gardening Links

Links that may interest homesteaders. Updated April 8, 2022.

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Seed Potatoes – Canada

NOTICE JANUARY 2022: Due to the government of Canada’s ban Prince Edward Island’s seed potatoes, gardeners may find it difficult to source seed potatoes in the spring of 2022. Below is a list of Canadian companies who post seed potatoes for sale on their website. Only their name is here. Look under Canadian See Companies to learn more about the company and get the link. More will be added when found. If you know of one not listed, send me a message: tibert@live.com. Thanks.

  • McKenzie Seed (Put potatoes in search box to find them)
  • West Coast Seeds
  • T&T Seeds
  • Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre

Canadian Seed Companies

Can’t find a seed you’re looking for? Check out Alberta Seed Guide and find a company that sells it.

Annapolis Seed: Located in Nova Scotia. From their website: We are growers and stewards of heirloom and open pollinated seed. Our goal is to cultivate the greatest possible diversity of seeds for our region. Our collection acts as a living seed bank for the Maritimes and Eastern Canada.”

Cochrane Farms: Located in Upper Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, this is a certified organic producer that sells vegetable, flower and herb seeds.

Greta’s Family Garden: Located in Quebec. From their website: As a naturally grown seed company based in Quebec. Greta’s Family Gardens assists customers in cultivating unique and high quality gardens and plants. We provide naturally grown gardening seeds that flourish into plants and vegetables with enhanced taste and colourful appearance. 

Heritage Harvest Seed: They specialize in rare and endangered heirloom/heritage varieties of vegetables, flowers and herbs. With over 800 varieties to choose from, we’ll surely have something to suit your taste.

Hope Seed: Located in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. From their website: “Hope Seeds is a small but committed seed company, with a dedication to local and sustainable agriculture since our beginning in 1994. This little but growing company officially became a co-operatively owned business in December 2015.”

McKenzie Seed: Located in Canada. One of the oldest seed companies in the country.

Prairie Garden Seed: Located in Saskatchewan.

Ragged Robin Farm and Nursery: Located in Port Royal, Nova Scotia. From their website: “We are the Heembrock Family, 3 generations, located in Port Royal, Nova Scotia. With more than 30 years in both the horticulture and culinary industries, we are excited to share our journey with you as we grow our farm and nursery.  We are committed to producing high quality edibles and ornamentals for local markets.”

Revival Seeds: Located in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. “Revival Seeds is a family farm and business located in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada that offers organically grown and open-pollinated vegetables, herbs, and flower varieties. We will also have our specialty garlic and Jerusalem artichoke available following the harvest season.”

Salt Spring Seeds: Located on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. “Dedicated to a safe and sustainable agriculture.”

Seeds of Imbolc: Located in Fergus, Ontario.

Sunshine Farm: A certified organic farm located in British Columbia

T&T Seeds: Located in Headingley, Manitoba. From their website: “T&T Seeds has specialized in early season garden seed and nursery stock for the home gardener and market gardener since its inception (1946).”

Veseys Seed: A wide variety of seeds, bulbs and starter plants. Located in Prince Edward Island.

West Coast Seeds: Located in Vancouver, BC. From their website: “West Coast Seeds was founded in 1983 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Our purpose is to source and supply seeds of a higher quality than have been available to home gardeners. Following the traditions of organic farming and gardening, untreated and certified organic seeds are our focus. Today we offer over 1,000 varieties of untreated, non GMO, non GEO, open pollinated, and hybrid seeds as well as a wide range of quality gardening supplies.”

Whiffletree Farm and Nursery: Located in Ontario. Sells all sorts of fruit trees, berries and such.

Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre: Located in Victoria, BC. From their website: “First opening our doors in 1979 as Cannor Nursery, we’ve been serving the Greater Victoria area for 40+ years. We’ve always been passionate about plants.”

Yonder Hill  Farm: Located in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia.

American Seed Companies

NOTE: These companies may or may not ship to Canada. Please, check their shipping information.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds: Located in Missouri. From their website: “At Baker Creek, our mission is to provide the seeds of a sustainable food supply for everyone and keep heirloom varieties alive for future generations.  We believe that farmers, gardeners and communities have the right to save their own seed, and in so doing preserve seed diversity and food security in an age of corporate agriculture and patented, hybridized or genetically modified seeds. All the seeds we sell can be saved, shared and traded, and we encourage people to save their own seed.”

Eden Brothers Seeds: Located in North Carolina. From their website: “EdenBrothers.com is an online retailer that offers one of the largest seed and flower bulb assortments available in the United States. Our main offerings include: hundreds of heirloom, rare and hard to find flower seeds, vegetable seeds and herb seeds for both the home gardener and the wholesale trade, as well as large, fresh flower bulbs for both spring and fall planting.”

Seed Savers Exchange: Located in Iowa: “Keeping Heirloom Seeds Where they Belong” From their website: “Seed Savers Exchange stewards Americaʼs culturally diverse and endangered garden and food crop legacy for present and future generations. We educate and connect people through collecting, regenerating, and sharing heirloom seeds, plants, and stories.”

Siskiyou Seeds: Located in Oregon. From their website: “Siskiyou Seeds is a bio-regional seed hub that produces most of the open-pollinated & heirloom seeds we sell on our home farm in SW Oregon using organic practices and Biodynamic methods.  We also work with a network of certified organic family farms throughout the West to bring you high quality, vigorous, well adapted and unique varieties of vegetables, flowers, herbs and grains.”

Strictly Medicinal Seeds: Located in Oregon. From their website: “We’re Strictly Medicinal, located in the town of Williams in Southern Oregon. Back in 1985 our family (the Cech family, pronounced “check”) started Horizon Herbs, LLC, growing gardens of diverse medicinal herbs.  Because we were fascinated by seeds and medicinal herbs, and at the same time couldn’t find seeds for many of the herbs in which we were interested, we started collecting the seeds from our gardens and selling them through a homey hand illustrated catalog.”

Growing Food / Gardening / Homesteading

Druid’s Garden: Spiritual Journeys in Tending the Land, Permaculture, Wildcrafting and Regenerative Living

Frugally Sustainable: Buy Freedom with Frugality: A resource for all things frugal sustainable

Re-Farming: The journey from going from farm to city back to farm life.

Goats

Onion Creek Ranch: A wealth of information on goats. The best resource I’ve found on the Internet.

Bees

Country Fields Beekeeping Supplies: Located in Truro, Nova Scotia

Dancing Bee Equipment: Located in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada

Farms in Nova Scotia

Active Life Farm: Located in Londonderry

Cochrane Family Farm: Located in Upper Stewiacke

Snowy River Heritage Farm: Located in Cook’s Brook

Magazines and Other Reading Material

Mother Earth News: The original guide to living wisely

Rural Life: Several magazines published in Nova Scotia, including Rural DeliveryBeef and SheepAtlantic Horse and Pony and Atlantic Forestry.