Ellen Rainwalker’s List of Resources for Growing and Saving Your Own Seeds

Ellen Rainwalker’s List of Resources for

Growing and Saving Your Own Seeds

* indicates that item is available through the Vancouver Island Regional Library system

Books & Publications

*Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners by Suzanne Ashworth

*The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds by Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough

*Seed Sowing and Saving by Carole B. Turner (lots of easy-to-understand illustrations)

*How to Save Your Own Seeds by the editors of Seeds of Diversity Canada

Saving Seeds As If Our Lives Depended On It by Dan Jason

Breed Your Own Vegetables Varieties and *The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and

Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times both by Carol Deppe

Small-Scale Organic Seed Production Manual by Patrick Steiner, Available for free download or purchase at http://www.bcseeds.org/seed-manuals

How to Grow a Seed Collective: A Community Template for Seed Saving by Robin Wheeler, Available for free download or purchase at http://www.bcseeds.org/seed-manuals

A Seed Saving Guide for Gardeners and Farmers from the Organic Seed Alliance, Available for free download at http://www.seedalliance.org/download-form-1

The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer’s Guide to Vegetable Seed Production by John Navazio

DVD *Gardens of Destiny with Dan Jason, filmed by Jocelyn Demers

Internet Videos & Tutorials

Basics of Organic Seed Production – an online course in larger-scale seed production based on materials from intensive workshops held as part of the 2011 Organicology conference put on by the Organic Seed Alliance. Includes online books, handouts, PowerPoint presentations, audio and video with a number of expert presenters. A wonderful resource for seed growers.

Available for free download at http://campus.extension.org/course/view.php?id=377

Seed Saving Videos with Dan Jason and Megan Hyslop, Video by Raven – how to harvest and clean seeds – available at http://mapofsaltspring.com/raven/


Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers www.cvgss.org Lots of good information for seed savers.

BC Seeds – a project of Farm Folk City Folk supporting BC’s organic seed production www.bcseeds.org

Seed and Plant Sanctuary for Canada – http://www.seedsanctuary.com/

Seeds of Diversity Canada – www.seeds.ca

Seed Savers Exchange & Flower and Herb Exchange – www.seedsavers.org

Organic Seed Alliance http://www.seedalliance.org

Seed Companies

There are a great many seed companies – these are ones I have found particularly useful because they offer more than just seeds, and because they produce/sell seeds and supplies for organic growers and seed savers.


West Coast Seeds www.westcoastseeds.com Good locally-adapted varieties and growing info.

Stellar Seeds http://stellarseeds.com Organic heritage and rare varieties. Free download of owner Patrick Steiner’s handbook Small-Scale Organic Seed Production is also available here.

Salt Spring Seeds www.saltspringseeds.com Organic seeds, rare and unusual varieties, and a good selection of grains and other calorie crops.


High Mowing Organic Seeds www.highmowingseeds.com Organic seeds, has growing and seed saving information under the “Resources” heading, and sells materials for long-term seed storage.

Johnny’s Selected Seeds www.johnnyseeds.com Huge selection of seeds for gardeners and market growers, very useful materials in their “Growing Guides” section.

Seeds of Change www.seedsofchange.com Supporting organic sustainable agriculture since 1989. Sells seeds and supplies for organic growers.

Wild Garden Seed www.wildgardenseed.com Organic seeds, a great resource for salad

greens, and they sell seed collections specifically for plant breeders to work with.

Bountiful Gardens www.bountifulgardens.org Research mini-farm, sells open-pollinated

seeds and educational materials on the Biointensive method.

Horizon Herbs http://www.horizonherbs.com Sells seed cleaning screens.

February 2013

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