West Coast Seeds started in 1983 in Vancouver, British Columbia, under the stewardship of Mary Ballon. A nursing instructor at the University of British Columbia, Mary’s love of gardening and fervent belief in growing food locally has helped motivate a generation of organic gardeners on the West Coast and right across the continent. One feature about West Coast Seeds is that we only offer untreated seeds. We specialize in HEIRLOOM and CERTIFIED ORGANIC seeds for organic growing. We offer 800 varieties of untreated, non GMO, non GEO, open pollinated and hybrid seeds for your selection as well as a wide range of gardening supplies. West Coast Seeds is certified by the Pacific Agriculture Certification Society (Registration number 16-205).
West Coast Seeds is a Certified Handler of Organic Seed.
The Diamonds are fourth generation British Columbia based family whose businesses are overseen by Charles and Craig Diamond. Since Craig’s grandfather Jack Diamond, came to Canada in 1927 as a young man and purchased his first business in 1940, the Diamonds have been engaged as leaders in business. They continue to follow the principles of community and philanthropy set by Jack. The values of West Coast Seeds resonate deeply with the Diamond family and they are committed to uphold this tradition.
r ranson wrote:
I've also noticed, especially in my Fava beans, but in other OP beans and peas as well, that between 5 and 15% don't come true to type that first year, and in the years after, there is more variation.
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Gordon Haverland wrote:I don't know what the acorns are about.
Gordon Haverland wrote:A'bunadh (Cherhill, AB, Canada). I could have mangled the last name. But Cherhill is quite close to where my Mom's farm at Onoway, AB was. They recently took over a bunch of heritage seeds from a company in Manitoba that was retiring. They seem to be trying very hard. We've traded a few stories about moose eating our plants. She had Stowells Evergreen corn, and I now have 3 different sources of this heritage corn. I hope to get 100 plants or more this year, which should be a large enough population to be genetically viable. I wish them the best, and I hope to visit them some time, as they are close to a route I often travel. I think the name is pronounced something like A boon dar. Visit their website (I think it is a wordpress thing).
A’bunadh means ‘the origin’ in Gaelic and seemed appropriate to name an enterprise endeavoring to remember where life comes from and celebrate it. At A’bunadh (said a-boon-ar) seeds we aim to provide seeds fresh from the fruits of the vine or plant or flower, in a variety of plants to feed, nourish and provide enjoyment to you and your family. According to the Canadian regulators, no one is allowed to use words like organic, natural or similar to describe seeds unless you have their certification. I understand the organic industry quite well, having been raised on this farm when my parents underwent and maintained organic certification in the ’80’s. There are parts of this process I agree with and parts that I disagree with. Consumers, more than ever should be aware that certification in an arena which cannot provide adequate supervision or regulation does not protect the consumer as it should. Hence, I do not certify.
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