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Gardening Links

Links that may interest homesteaders. Updated January 20, 2022.

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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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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.