The Kingston Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI) is a non-profit organization that was founded by local farmers, backyard and market gardeners, and concerned community members. We want to increase seed and thereby, food sovereignty for the Kingston region. We promote healthy, local food and seed production by
- growing out the locally adapted, open-pollinated seeds from the KASSI Living Seed Commons to save and share with farmers, market gardeners, schools and every other grower and seed saver in our region
- building a community of skilled seed savers and
- supporting the development of a vibrant sustainable network of local ecological growers producing local food and local seeds that can be legally grown, saved and shared
The KASSI LIVING SEED COMMONS is a collection of locally adapted open-pollinated seeds. Open-pollinated plants grow like their parents. They produce seeds that can be legally grown, saved and shared. They are the foundation of our food system
Our seeds and seed collections are available on a sliding scale donation. We don’t sell our seeds because we acknowledge and respect that they are living beings. We believe that the price on a seed packet represents the work that goes into growing, harvesting, cleaning and packaging the seeds before they get to you. Local seed companies usually request a minimum of $3.50 per seed packet for their expertise and the labour that goes into producing high quality local seeds that grow well right here where we live. We encourage you to support them!
We not a seed company. We are a very, very small non-profit working with a shoestring budget especially since Seedy Saturday –our major fundraiser- was cancelled. We rely on your donations and our amazing volunteers to help us grow, harvest, clean and package these “Seeds of Hope”. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about our work.
We hope that you can find the peace and joy that comes from planting seeds and connecting with the Earth in these uncertain times.