Option A: Adopt A Variety from the Seed Library. See the complete list of adoptable varieties here.
1. Read all conditions of adopting a variety. Some varieties will be relatively fresh seeds, while some may be from old seeds found in old seed collections. Sometimes we have a little bit of seeds to send sometimes we have more. Sometimes seeds just don't germinate if they are old or we are unsure of their origins and that's normal and okay, please don't feel discouraged from trying again or from trying a new variety to adopt the following year. It is better to try than to let the seeds lose viability from sitting dormant in storage for a long time.
2. We hope to grow a collective of Northern-grown seeds (and growers) that are acclimated to a Northern environment. Growing in short seasons with cold winters can be a challenge so finding seeds that are already acclimated to the area is a wonderful thing. Seed libraries are also a great way to find an old or unique variety that you won't find in a seed catalog
3. Apply to steward an open-pollinated/heirloom variety & join the library at the bottom of this page. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. Ensure that you are adopting a variety that you can accommodate isolation distances for. You can always reach out to us at email@example.com if you are unsure.
4. We will be in touch once your application is approved, and the variety will be "checked out" from the seed bank. We will mail you the seeds & a seed saver kit via Canada Post. As we are run on a volunteer basis, we ship out checked-out items once a month. Please allow 3-6 weeks from your application approval to the time your seeds arrive.
5. Grow the seeds out in your garden (Be sure to isolate a few blooms or plants from the healthiest looking plants for seed saving- we will provide information to beginners on how to do this in their kit or click link here for more seed saving information)
6. In the fall if you have a successful harvest, you will "return" fresh seeds back to the library via lettermail to help keep the seed library's seeds fresh and viable and available for the next adoptee.
7. Repeat the following year!
Let's break away from relying on corporate seed companies and start a seedy revolution! Becoming a member and adopting a variety is free.
Option B: Donate A Variety for our Members to Steward
1. Send us any seeds you would like saved in our seed bank in Alberta. We will make it available as an adoptable variety for others to adopt and grow out to keep viable. If you know the year the seeds were purchased or collected, or where the seeds were from/grown, please add that information to your seeds, if not- no worries. Seed bank seeds are stored in air-tight glass containers in a cool climate-controlled dark room. To donate an open pollinated or heirloom variety, please send us a message via the "info & contact" tab on our website or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Varieties are assigned in the order that applications are received.
As we are run on a volunteer basis, applications are reviewed and seeds ship out on a monthly basis. The next batch of seeds will start shipping out in January 2023