Seed Saving Projects & Events

Why are seeds so important?

Good seed is the foundation of a good crop. Seed that is properly selected for a specific region or soil type and maintained well, will enhance the seeds resilience and productivity. Over time plants that no one thought could be major crops in certain areas become better adapted.  For example, tomatoes weren’t always easy crops to grow in Canada!  The Alacrity Tomato was one of the first varieties to make the tomato a popular, accessible crop in Canada.

Plant biodiversity allows us to develop plants that can handle extremes or adapt to adverse, changing conditions. Over the 20th century 75% percent of our cultivated vegetable varieties went extinct.  Who knows what genes in our vegetable varieties could have been used in modern breeding trials to resist disease, shorten seasons, or increase yields!

As such, Just Food believes it is important that a extensive culture of seed saving be wholly revitalized in eastern Ontario.  For millennia seeds have been saved, altered, and adapted for local use resulting in seed that is suitable for our growing conditions.  Today, while there are local seed growers, most vegetable & grain seed planted in the Ottawa region comes from other regions.

Individuals can contribute to the preservation & enhancement of vegetable & grain cultivated varieties by practicing seed saving.  All types & sizes of growers can save seeds & consequently enhance & preserve our agricultural heritage!

Just Food's Seed Programs and Events

This annual event happens in Ottawa the first Saturday in March each year. 

Originating from Seeds of Diversity, Seedy Saturday has become a staple event to the growing community that has gardeners and farmers buzzing with excitement over the possibilities of the coming growing season!

Check out this page to learn more about the next upcoming Seedy Saturday Event.

Annual event the weekend before the long weekend in May, this event is held at the Just Food Community Farm, with space for residents to buy locally grown seedlings, swap seedlings, learn about gardening, with info tables, local food vendors and live music.

This program provides free seeds, soil, and information to grow vegetable plants in a garden, yard, or balcony. This is one way to feed your family and friends Good Food!

The Ottawa Seed Library is primarily for backyard & community gardeners to get their start on seed saving.  Gardeners can borrow seeds from the library and return seeds at the end of the year to ensure that others can practice as well.  Best of all these seeds are access for free!  The Seed Library is a community program – that means you have a place in the Seed Library that suits your needs!

The Regional Seed Program strives to enhance seed saving skills through educational workshops, trials, and grower-led breeding projects.  Trial results and germaplasm will be stored and cataloged for future use.  Skilled backyard growers may also find a home in this program.

Seed Resources

Are you interested in learning how to save your own seeds? Building these skills are a major contributing factor to strengthening the resilience of your garden. By learning how to properly save and store seeds, you can further secure your food access for the future. An added bonus is that you won’t be as tempted to spend over your budget at the next Seedy Saturday event! 

Head on over to this page to learn about seed saving.

To ensure garden success, find seeds that are adapted to this region, either through a fellow gardener or organic seed supplier. Organic seeds are non-GMO and untreated, and they were grown under Certified Organic conditions.

Regional Seed & Seedling Producers


(613) 577-2115
18803 County Rd 18,
Martintown, ON
K0C 1S0
Other:  Facebook

Gaia Organics
(613) 219-8463
399 River Road, 
Ottawa, ON
K1V 1C9
Other: Facebook, Instagram

Northern Seeds
(514) 834-1686
657 Pritchard Rd
Farrellton, QC
J0X 1T0

Make it Green Garden Centre
(613) 599-3419
5200 Flewellyn Rd.
Stittsville, ON
K2S 1B6

Ottawa Farm Fresh
2811 Ramsayville Rd
Gloucester, ON
K1G 3N2
Other: FacebookInstagram

Ottawa Wildflower Seed Library
Ottawa, ON
Other: Facebook, Instagram

Ritchie Feed & Seed Inc ~ Ottawa East
(613) 741-4430
1390 Windmill Lane,
Ottawa, ON
K1B 4V5
Other: Facebook, Instagram

Sweet Williams Farm
(434) 989-8585
139 March Rd, 
Nepean, ON
K2K 2Y2
Other:  Facebook, Instagram

Terra Edibles
(613) 961-0654
535 Ashley St,
Foxboro, ON
K0K 2B0
Other: Facebook

Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm
(450) 452-4271
1035 Chem. Saint-Dominique,
Les Cèdres, QC
J7T 1P5
Other: Facebook, Instagram

Tucker House Renewal Centre
(613) 446-2117
PO Box 4425, Station E
Ottawa, ON
K1S 5B4
Other:  Facebook, TwitterInstagram


A Cultivated Art Inc.
(613) 899-8000
263 Deschamps Ave,
Vanier, ON
K1L 5Y7
Twitter, Facebook

Agricola Farm
(819) 998-7498
502 QC-323,
Papineauville, QC
J0V 1R0
Instagram, Facebook

BeetBox Cooperative Farm
(613) 416-9171
230 Davidson’s Side Road,
Ottawa, ON
K2K 2Z4
Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Slow Roots Farm
(613) 867-2377
1113 French Settlement Rd,
Kemptville, ON
K0G 1J0
Facebook,  Instagram

Make it Green Garden Centre
(613) 599-3419
5200 Flewellyn Rd.
Stittsville, ON
K2S 1B6

If you are an organic seed supplier from this region and we’ve missed you, let us know and we’ll add you to the list!

Other Organic Suppliers

To access seed from vendors further afield, check the resources from our colleagues at Seeds of Diversity. They have an extensive catalog of seed producers, and made it easy to search for the varieties that you want — and their Ecological Seed Finder includes a “Certified Organic Only” button.

Seeds of Change

Canadian Organic Growers:  Organic Seed Directory


Start-up Farm Program

Just Food established the Start-Up Farm Program to support new farmers in the Ottawa region. By offering access to land, shared infrastructure/equipment, and training, the program aims to enable more people in this region to start their own successful farm business.

> Read More about Just Food’s Start-up Farm program