In 2012 we launched at www.seeds.ca a searchable list Canadian sources of seed of vegetables, grains, garlic and melons. Seed companies can use it to determine which varieties are most in need of conservation, and gardeners across Canada can use it to locate suppliers of rare and difficult-to-find varieties. This component came about as a result of queries from members and the general public. They wanted to know "Where can I buy a specific seed?” More importantly, Seeds of Diversity needs to know what is rare and in need of protection.
This past summer we accessed all seed companies' catalogues in Canada. We were gratified by the companies' co-operation, and have listed over 70 Canadian companies, with over 16,000 listings on the database. We intend to post it soon, but need your support to pay for the research.
to use this valuable list, go to our website www.seeds.ca and click on "Buying Seed." You can click on each individual vegetable to see the list of cultivar names, and then which seed company lists that cultivar. You may find particularly useful the ability to transfer directly to the specific seed company website by just clicking on the company name.
Resource seed company owners may wish to use the list to see who else carries the cultivar besides themselves. They may choose to discontinue a seed that isn't rare, and preserve one that is.
We also have listed all the seed that is organic. Go to http://www.seeds.ca/bauta/seedfinder.php to see organic seed sources.