Where I’m from, the first name off anyone’s lips when talking seeds is West Coast Seeds, best known for their gardeners’ porn annual seed catalogue. The catalogue IS full of beautiful pictures, but the best part when you’re in the garden planning stage at the start of the season is their regional planting chart.
West Coast Seeds provides valuable information, along with gardening books and tools, but as I understand it, they don’t actually source their seeds locally. There are a variety of companies that produce seeds grown in our own climate, many of which are also organic. Here are some options:*
Stellar Seeds Sorrento, BC
Salt Spring Seeds Salt Spring Island, BC
Full Circle Seeds Sooke, BC
Two Wings Farms Victoria, BC
Sunshine Farm Kelowna, BC
Other suppliers from slightly farther afield…
Wild Garden Seed Oregon, USA
Heritage Harvest Seed Carman, Manitoba
Lindenberg Seeds Brandon, Manitoba
Territorial Seed Co. Oregon, USA
Talk about taking eating local to a whole new level: you can eat regionally adapted plants, while supporting your Eat Local economy! Learn more about organic seeds at Organic Seed Alliance.
*List courtesy of Gourmet Gardens