Seed Saving

Learn how to save seeds including easy and advanced ones from your favourite vegetables, herbs and flowers.

Call for seed donations! Donate seeds safely this season during September and October at the Cookstown and Lakeshore Branches of the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library.

Seed Saving 101: (Innisfil, ON) Learn how to save your favourite vegetable, herb and flower seeds with Bridget Indelicato, Founder, Innisfil Seed Library.
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Bridget Indelicato, founder Innisfil Seed Library.

Boundary Garlic Farm: (Midway, BC) Specializing in organic heritage garlic for seed. An excellent resource for preparing garlic to grow at home.

Community Seed Network: (USA & Canada) A collaborative initiative between the Seed Savers Exchange and USC Canada. Connects and supports community seed initiatives by providing resources, information, and a platform for networking. An excellent resource for seed savers of all levels.

General seed saving instructions

Grow & save tomato (Tomato seed saving guide II)

Grow & save lettuce (Lettuce seed saving guide II)

Grow & save peas

Grow & save beans (Bean seed saving guide II)

Mindful Gardening: (Innisfil, ON) Through her YouTube channel, Bridget Indelicato shares her passion and knowledge about seed growing and saving, environmentally-friendly gardening practices and attracting pollinators to your property. She is the founder of the Innisfil Seed Library and Innisfil Seedy Saturday. 

Populuxe Seed Bank: (Edmonton, Alberta) Through the help of several dedicated growers each year, between all of us, we are able to currently regrow, share, and store 80-100 varieties per year. The Populuxe Seed Bank is not affiliated with any companies, governments, or institutions. It is run by myself, with the assistance of independent growers.

Salt Spring Seeds: (Salt Spring Island, BC) Dedicated to a safe and sustainable agriculture. This heritage and heirloom organic seed seller has an excellent "Saving Seeds" section on its website.

Seed Savers Exchange: (USA) We conserve and promote America's culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.

Seeds of Diversity: (Canada) To search out, preserve, perpetuate, study, and encourage the cultivation of heirloom and endangered varieties of food crops; To educate the public about the importance of heirloom and endangered varieties of food crops and the need for their continued cultivation and preservation. Check out "Seedy Resources" for seed saving instructions.

Urban Tomato: (Peterborough, ON) A carefully curated collection of heirloom seeds and the info you need to save and grow your own!

You Grow Girl:  (Toronto, ON) This contemporary, laid-back approach to organic gardening places equal importance on environmentalism, style, affordability, art, and humour. The project’s aim has always been to promote exploration, excitement and a d.i.y approach to growing plants without the restrictions of traditional ideas about gardening.