Canadian Heirloom & Organic Seed Suppliers

by Charlotte Walker

This is a list of Canadian Heirloom, Organic; Open pollinated  Seed suppliers. It is organized by Province.

Online vegetable seed catalogs offer an expansive selection of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers. These seed houses are nurturing, collecting, preserving and cultivating heirloom and endangered varieties of food crops ensuring local food security. A lot of people are working together in this endeavor, and you can help by mindfully selecting your seeds from companies such as these.

Selecting suppliers in your region often help you obtain plants that are designed to grow in your zone. That said, knowing your zone, will enable you to make selections from seed companies in just about any region.

Canadian Heirloom & Organic Seed Suppliers

If your business is not listed here, or if your favorite vegetable seed supplier is not listed here, please leave a comment or get in touch. We will keep building and updating this list.

Alberta

Wildrose Heritage Seed Company

This company sells only Heirloom Vegetable and herb seeds that have been grown in Lethbridge, Alberta. Untreated, Open pollinated and GMO-Free.

A’bunadh Seeds

Open pollinated, seed saving/exchange, Vegetables, herbs, fruit, and wild herbs.

British Columbia

Bradley Creek Garlic Farms

Bradley Creek Garlic Farms grows certified organic garlic including Russian Red and Yugoslavian. They ship Canada wide.

Brother Nature Organic Seeds

Brother Nature Organic Seeds offers a search by zone feature on their website. They sell certified organic, heirloom and heritage vegetable, herb & perennial & annual flower seeds.

Eternal Seed

Eternal Seed carries over 350 varieties of heritage seeds in their catalog.

Eagleridge Seeds

Eagleridge Seeds have been producers of endangered heirloom seeds since 1995. Specialty selections include tomatoes, vegetables, herbs and flowers suited for northern and temperate climates.

Salt Spring Seeds

Salt Spring Seeds offer seeds that are untreated, open-pollinated and non-GMO. They also grow their seeds and sell only the most recent harvest.

The Mushroom Man

The Mushroom Man specializes in mushroom growing kits, mushroom spawn and cultures, mushroom cultivation supplies and conducts mushroom growing workshops.

West Coast Seeds

West Coast Seeds specialize in Heirloom and Organic seeds, offering over 800 varieties of untreated, non-GMO, non-GEO, open-pollinated and hybrid seeds as well as a wide range of gardening supplies.

Ontario

The Cottage Gardener (no longer selling seeds online)

The Cottage Gardener is an heirloom seed-house and plant nursery that provides rare and endangered heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers, The online catalog has over 700 heirloom seed varieties available. They also sell certified organic plants on-site.

Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds

Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds are growers of heirloom and farm selected seed, Open- Pollinated & Non-GMO & Certified organic seeds.

Hope Seeds

Hope Seeds sells certified organic, sustainably grown, heritage and open-pollinated seeds. They also sell varieties of roots, tubers (potato and Jerusalem artichokes) and garlic.

Terra Edibles

Terra Edibles provides organic, open-pollinated and mostly heirloom varieties. They have a selection of vegetable, flower and herb seeds.

Urban Harvest

Urban Harvest is dedicated to providing certified organic seeds, seedlings and garden supplies that promote ecological diversity. Certified organic.

Matchbox Garden Seed Co.

Matchbox Garden Seed Co. is a grower and vendor of select vegetable, herb, and flower varieties. They deal in certified organic, open-pollinated, rare and heirloom seeds, grown using organic methods — certified Organic.

New Brunswick

Corn Hill Nursery

The Corn Hill Nursery grows a complete range of hardy fruits, ornamental shrubs & trees, vines and perennials without the use of pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers.

Mapple Farm

Mapple Farm offers a modest source of seed and plant stock grown well off the beaten track. They have a unique and exciting offering of items including; Short Season Sweet potatoes, Jerusalem Artichokes, horseradish, gobo, and more.

Nova Scotia

Annapolis Seeds

Annapolis Seeds is a living seed bank for the Maritime region. Their seeds are grown in the Maritimes by small-scale growers committed to ecological farming methods. All of their varieties are open-pollinated and can be saved for seed.

Pumpkin Moon Farm & Herbals

Pumpkin Moon Farm & Herbals specializes in heirloom vegetable, herb and flower seeds, many of which are culinary and medicinal in purpose.

The Incredible Seed Company

The Incredible Seed Company specializes in open-pollinated heirloom and heritage seeds

Hope Seeds

Hope Seeds offers certified organic and sustainably-grown, heritage and open-pollinated garden seed.  They’re committed to high quality, organic growing, and local food.

Prince Edward Island

Eureka Garlic

Eureka Garlic sells a wide range of seed garlic, using no chemicals. You can also purchase fresh garlic from them. They don’t have a website, but you can call them at (902)836-5180

Vesseys

Although Vesseys is not exclusively an organic seed house, they do have a wide range of organic vegetable and herb seeds available. Based in PEI they ship Canada wide.

Quebec

Solana Seeds

Solana Seeds is a small seed company in Quebec; they offer a variety of heirloom and rare vegetable, flower and exotic plant seeds.

Saskatchewan

Blazing Star Wildflower Seed Company

Blazing Star Wildflower Seed Company is dedicated to preserving and restoring native Canadian wildflowers. They sell seeds for hardy wildflowers that can stand up to the harshest Prairie winters and also carry heritage vegetable seeds.

Mumm’s Sprouting Seeds

Mumm’s Sprouting Seeds provides a wide variety of certified organic sprouting seeds.

Prairie Garden Seed

Prairie Garden Seed is known for its collection of ancient grains. They also have a complete selection of open-pollinated vegetable and flower seeds.

Manitoba

Heritage Harvest Seed

Heritage Harvest Seed specializes in rare and endangered heirloom seeds. All Seeds are non-GMO, open-pollinated varieties.

Mandy’s Greenhouse

Mandy’s Greenhouse offers an extensive selection of heirloom and heritage vegetable seeds and is dedicated to keeping these varieties alive and well to pass onto future generations. They have limited stock so contact them early. Their site has plenty of resources and useful gardening information as well.

Amazon.ca

You can also find heirloom seeds on Amazon, including seeds from West Coast Seeds and some emergency vault seeds that are packaged in special mylar bags (although the seeds tend to be USDA)

We are seed savers and love to share our experiences with growing, saving, and producing beautiful organic food.

You might also enjoy reading some our other articles on heirloom seeds.

The Heirloom Seed Guide: Get Ready To Grow!

Seed Saving & How to Select The Best Seeds

Gardening Tips: When To Start Your Seeds

Growing The Three Sisters

Gardening Tips: SEEDING FEAR | Documentary Short

Gardening Tips: Determining and Using Plant Hardiness Zones

 

 

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3 comments

Hailey October 10, 2018 - 9:01 am

Thank you for this list! I used seeds from the Matchbox Seed Co. this year and they were fantastic. We planted two varieties of tomatoes, pie pumpkins and snap peas and they all grew so well. I’ll definitely use their seeds again next year as well as trying some of the other companies on your list.

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Melanie January 13, 2019 - 2:33 pm

Thanks for the list! I’m always looking for new seed sources. I’ve used West coast Seed, Heritage Harvest, Hope seeds, Vesseys and Cottage Gardiner (so sad they are not selling anymore!) all with good results. I’m going to order a few things from Annapolis Seeds this year too. Thanks for that tip!

Each year I save more and more varieties of my own seed, so open-pollinated varieties are important to me. Maybe someday I won’t need to buy any! 🙂

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Melanie January 13, 2019 - 2:40 pm

I just remembered another Canadian seed source that I have used in the past too. http://www.rainbowseeds.ca/.

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