Our Seeds

Here at Kitchen Table Seed House we strive to help you and your families and friends share garden-fresh meals together. Everything we do here is focused on helping you have a successful growing experience of flavourful crops. 

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We maintain regular cycles of germination testing and ensure the seeds we offer exceed the requirements of the Canadian Seed Act.

All our seeds are certified organic by Ecocert Canada. We do not sell genetically modified seed nor do we breed using genetic engineering. All our breeding work is done using traditional, in-the-field plant breeding techniques - often requiring many painstaking (yet so fun!) hours of hand pollinations.

We offer open-pollinated seed, meaning you can save their seeds in your own garden.

We currently grow 86% of our seed and buy in 14% from certified organic growers we trust. We are better able to offer high quality seed of some of the crops that grow better in other climates - like carrots in the Canadian west coast - then growing them with moderate to low success here.

We do the bulk of the work that goes into growing our seed. We grow, select, rogue, harvest, clean, germ test and pack our own seeds. We are working towards offering bulk amounts, particularly for farmers. Contact us if you're interested and/or looking for bulk amounts.

Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI)

 

Mission:

The Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) is dedicated to maintaining fair and open access to plant genetic resources worldwide in order to ensure the availability of germplasm to farmers, gardeners, breeders, and communities of this and future generations.

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Vision:

The Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) engages in education and outreach that promotes sharing rather than restricting access to plant germplasm, recognizes and supports the work of plant breeders of all kinds, and supports a diversified and decentralized seed industry. The core strategy for achieving these goals is the dissemination and propagation of the OSSI Pledge and of OSSI-Pledged varieties, both of which preserve the rights of farmers, gardeners, and breeders to freely use, save, replant, and improve seed of OSSI-Pledged material.

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Pledge:

You have the freedom to use these OSSI-Pledged seeds in any way you choose. In return, you pledge not to restrict others’ use of these seeds or their derivatives by patents or other means, and to include this pledge with any transfer of these seeds or their derivatives.  Find more information about OSSI on the web at osseeds.org

We currently offer the following OSSI-pledged varieties:

Jester lettuce, Candystick Delicata, Early Remix Butternut

 

We have signed the Safe Seed Pledge:

Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants. The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately healthy people and communities.