Meet the Seeds

All of the seeds in our Living Seed Commons are open-pollinated. This means that they will grow the same as their parents and you can save their seeds. All of our seeds have been grown locally within 100 km of Kingston so that they will continue to grow and adapt to our local conditions.

We selected varieties that are nutritious and can be eaten all year. For example, we have many different varieties of beans in our Seed Commons because they can often be eaten fresh during the growing season and then saved as dry beans to be eaten in the fall, winter and spring. Squash is another important variety in our collection because it stores well and can also be eaten for many months in the year. We also decided to include varieties that are rare or difficult to find.

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 want you to have the locally-adapted open-pollinated seeds from our Living Seed Commons if you agree to grow them for food and seeds to save and share with others!

Our seeds are available on a sliding scale donation.  Your generous donations will help us to  continue our work so that we can continue to share the varieties in our Living Seed Commons with everyone in our region.

We are grateful for the support that we receive from so many caring individuals who donate and volunteer their time to save and share these precious seeds. 

We are developing networks to get these seeds to you safely in time for this growing season as part of the #Grow4Good YGK campaign. Stay tuned!