Join us for Seedy February!

For the month of February, Cowichan Green Community will be featuring local seed vendors (and mason bee condos) at reFRESH Cowichan Marketplace (360 Duncan St.) and on Cow-op.ca, the region’s online farmers’ market.

Featured Vendors:

A&S Microgreens provides a fantastic selection of nutritionally packed microgreens, as well as seeds. Choose from the largest selection of microgreens on Vancouver Island. A&S Microgreens is a Vertical Microgreen Farm located in Cobble Hill, BC, and proudly grows 40+ varieties of fresh microgreens, with non-GMO organic seeds, organic soil and medium, pure water, and the latest LED technology for light. They grow indoors, in a temperature-controlled environment, without pollution, without pesticides, without insecticides, without manure, and without soil contamination. A&S Microgreens offers their microgreens in 15g, 30g, 60g, and 100g eco-clamshells (larger quantities available on request). All of their packaging consists of plant-based compostable and recyclable eco-clamshells. They deliver from Victoria to Nanaimo. Growing microgreens is a labour of love, and it’s in their blood!
The Garden Education Centre (2431 Beverly St.) is a three-acre organic community farm located beside Somenos Creek on the ancestral territory of the Quw’utsun Nation. It has an organic garden centre that grows just about anything, highlighting native and medicinal plants. Their seeds are certified organic and locally adapted to be easily cultivated in our region.
Full Circle Seeds carries many heritage varieties selected by generations for their excellent flavour and pest resistance. They also have unusual varieties from Asia and Europe – prized by chefs from excellent restaurants. More than 9% of Full Circle Seeds are grown on their farm (ALM Organic Farm) in Sooke, which is certified by Islands Organic Producers Association. They have been offering open-pollinated, untreated seeds grown without herbicides, pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers since 1993. Full Circle Seeds offers a full guarantee on all of their seeds and welcomes any feedback or questions.
Long Live Bees is a family-run business based in the Cowichan Valley that is committed to supporting the sustainability of native bee populations on Vancouver Island. Through education they raise awareness of these essential pollinators. Long Live Bees sells Mason Bee condos which encourages people to raise mason bees, which are easy to keep and are friendly. If you’ve ever thought about it, now is the time to do it! Bees need us to help them with their important work. Your garden will thank you, and you will reap the benefits of increased fruit, flower, and vegetable yields.
Omega Blue Farms is a heritage animal and heirloom plant conservation farm near Spider Lake. The animal and plant varieties they utilize are maintained, restored, and improved using traditional breeding and morganic practices. Unlike the food found in the grocery store, the heritage foods they offer are grown from publicly (Canadian) owned genetics. By buying Omega Blue, you are supporting your own Food Independence.
Saanich Native Plants aims to inspire and empower people to restore and conserve nature by providing native plants, seeds, education, and expertise. They grow plants and produce seeds native to a variety of habitats in the Victoria area, including meadows, woodlands, forests, wetlands, beaches and more. Saanich Native Plants specializes in the restoration and ecology of Garry oak ecosystems (Prairie-Oak ecosystems) and meadowscaping. They do not use herbicides, pesticides (including neonicotinoids), or chemical fertilizers ,and also reduce waste by reusing and recycling as much as possible. Saanich Native Plants resides on the Coast Salish Territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples.
Saanich Organics is a community of farmers from small, certified organic farms who work together.
Heather Stretch of Northbrook Farm, Robin Tunnicliffe of Sea Bluff Farm, and Rachel Fisher of Three Oaks Farm have co-owned the business since 2002, and they work with several other farmers in and around greater Victoria.
Seeds of the Revolution is very concerned about narrowing corporate control of our seed supply and about the lack of regionally adapted, organically grown seed. We decided to become part of the solution by starting Seeds of the Revolution (Saanich Organics seed).
From the start, their first priority was producing top quality seed. They read, attend workshops, and continue to learn all they can about good plant breeding. With their careful attention to isolation distances (to prevent crossing), thinning, maintaining adequate populations, selecting the best plants, cleaning, and germination testing, they’re confident that their seed is commercial quality.
Find these products on their websites:
*These will not be featured on Cow-Op or at reFRESH.
Sweet Rock Farm is proudly Certified Organic (for 4 years now!), and has been passionately growing seeds for almost 15 years. They have been a regular fixture at Seedy Saturday events up and down Vancouver Island for close to a decade. Sweet Rock Farm specializes in sourcing out unique and rare heirlooms, as well as unique open pollinated vegetable varieties. None of their seeds are GMO or treated or patented, which means that the seeds can be saved for future use (and encouraged to do so). The seeds thrive when grown under the organic conditions typical of most home gardeners here on the coast. They are located on Gabriola Island on the traditional homeland of the Snuneymuxw people. Find their products on their website!
Ravensong Seeds & Herbals is a small artisan seed and herbal product business located in the Comox Valley. They grow and gather each herb fresh to create the amazing herbal products that they sell. Growing and gathering the herbs themselves guarantees their first-hand knowledge of quality and sustainability, providing the public with seeds and herbal medicines of the highest standard both medicinally and environmentally. All Ravensong seeds are open pollinated, locally adapted, and grown without the use of pesticides, chemicals or GMOs. Find their products on their website!
Metchosin Farm has been operating since 2004 and boasts seeds produced from plants grown without chemicals, pesticides or fertilizers. The seeds are locally adapted, which means they are genetically ready for your gardening and farming needs. These seeds grow into strong, healthy plants that are easy to grow. All seeds are Open Pollinated, as opposed to Hybrids. That means that anybody who grows from their seeds can save the seeds from those plants and get the same variety year after years.