The Sunshine Coast Seed Saving Collective (SCSSC) was founded by citizens of the Sunshine Coast who wanted to create food security, learn to complete plant cycles, and reconnect the communities of the coast to the heritage of our food ecology. Originated by Robin Wheeler and Denise Lagasse, it is now run by a committed group of volunteers. The SCSSC holds seed saving workshops for advanced and beginners, records seed varieties being saved across the Sunshine Coast, and has implemented several seed libraries along the Coast.

Seed Clinic Dates

posted Jan 31, 2021, 5:20 PM by Leonie Croy   [ updated Feb 10, 2021, 11:37 AM ]

Members of the Gibsons Seed Sharing Library can now find seeds available from the new "Seeds to Share" page on this website. Please note what you want and email your seed requests to Leonie at You will be asked to book a time slot at one of the February Seed Clinics to be held in the vestibule of the Gibsons and District Public Library 470 South Fetcher Rd, Gibsons. There you can pick up your seed order and also chat to a member of the Seed Saving Collective about any seed saving questions you may have. 

Here are the Seed Clinic dates and times:
Monday February 22nd, 10am - 2pm
Wednesday February 24th, 1pm - 5pm
Saturday February 27th, 10am - 2pm

If you wish to become a member of the Gibsons Seed Sharing Library, please email Leonie at with your name, email address, whether you are a beginner or experienced seed saver and where you live or garden. This volunteer service is free and open to all gardeners and seed savers on the Sunshine Coast.

SCSSC Charter

posted Jan 18, 2021, 8:32 AM by Grace Lewis   [ updated Jan 31, 2021, 5:32 PM by Leonie Croy ]

(Updated May 2019)
  • To educate and inspire the community about the value of a seed
  • To ensure the availability of local organic seed to our community
  • To develop locally adapted seeds that thrive best in relation to our climate, diseases and pests.
  • To protect a wide range of genetic seeds that thrive best in relation to our climate, diseases and pests
  • To protect a wide range of genetic plant diversity
  • To ensure that local seed is available to people of all economic backgrounds
  • To educate community on best practices for seed saving
  • To create truly sustainable community by enabling complete food cycles
  • To hand our seeds to the upcoming generations
  • To celebrate the green gifts of the earth

Seeds in Local Libraries Update

posted Dec 14, 2020, 10:34 AM by Leonie Croy   [ updated Dec 14, 2020, 3:39 PM ]

Although Gibsons Seed Sharing Library members are unable to use the interactive seed catalogue cabinet at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Gibsons Seed Sharing Library is still functioning for all Coastal seed savers. Here’s how:

  1. A Seed Return Box is provided for you. If you have seeds to share, put them in envelopes or paper bags and slide them through the  slot on the side of the box. Seeds are collected weekly. The box is located in the Gibsons Library vestibule at the front entrance of the building.
  2. Returned seed will be redistributed to members at Seed Clinics to be held at the end of February, 2021 in the library vestibule. Details will be posted soon.
  3. Members will be contacted with a list of available seed to choose from

The Gibsons Seed Sharing Library was started in 2018 as a partnership between the Gibsons & District Library and the Sunshine Coast Seed Saving Collective. 

The vintage card catalogue cabinet was purchased with donations from the Collective, Gibsons Library and members of the community. 

Membership to the Seed Sharing Library is open to all Sunshine Coast residents. 

Gibsons Seed Sharing Library

“Supporting a healthy, abundant and local seed saving community”


Education Materials

posted Nov 23, 2015, 10:31 AM by Carlie Sanford

Check out our new tab "Education Materials". We will post any useful seed saving educational materials or materials for ideas for other seeds collectives regarding promotion or community information. So far we have a powerpoint for beginners seed saving which can be used with acknowledgements to Leoni Cory and the Sunshine Coast Seed Collective, and our seed saving pamphlet which was designed by Victoria Gazely. 

Seeds in Local Libraries!

posted Aug 7, 2015, 12:04 PM by Carlie Sanford

This year 145 seeds packs were distributed through the Roberts Creek Library and 32 people in Sechelt took out 95 packs of seeds from the Sechelt Public Library. There are plans for a possible seed library as well in Gibsons, help would be needed.  These programs are in their sprouting stage.  For now, it is great that people are excited to try using local, heirloom  seeds and hopefully with time will learn how save and share them.
In conjunction with One Straw, Kym Chi and all the volunteers who helped plant the Oceanside Gardens (including  a brother and sister from Kenya!)  we will have calendula, Cherokee Trail of Tear Beans, Sunflowers and a very deep red, merlot lettuce that took the heat really well for borrowing from the libraries next year.  

Library seed borrowers

posted Apr 20, 2015, 4:05 PM by Carlie Sanford   [ updated Aug 29, 2015, 1:16 PM ]

If you had the opportunity to borrow seeds from one of our local libraries, you can return some back  to your library or bring them to Seedy Saturday, held every March at Roberts Creek Hall.  Thanks and happy growing!

Photos by Dana Wilson of Mortacoil and Leonie Croy

Oct 5th Fall Fair!!

posted Oct 1, 2014, 10:16 PM by Carlie Sanford

Here is the event Link:

And a brief description for those who do not use Facebook:

Join One Straw Society for some Autumn fun at our 7th annual Fall Faire!

This year, join us from 12- 3pm for Farmers Market, Squash exchange, Feast to Fields demonstration, Live and learn workshops, a community skill share, sharing/ gifting table, apple press, kids activities, contests and more!

From 3pm - 5pm we will host a stone soup potluck! Bring an ingredient to share and we will do the cooking! During the potluck we will enjoy live music from local musicians including Daniel Kingsbury and Lionjeet as well as other entertainment.

There is a $2 admission at the door.

There will also be a chance to exchange local home grown, organic squash through the seed collectives Great Squash Swap. 

Fall Seed Saving Workshop

posted Sep 26, 2014, 9:29 PM by Carlie Sanford

Saturday, October 11th

At the Davis bay Hall

5123 Davis bay rd., Davis bay

10am to 12pm: Saving Seeds that Sustain Us
with Leonie Croy & Maria Hunter

This is a beginning seed saving workshop.  It is extremely empowering to save seeds from the food you grow in your backyard.  We’ll explore how simple it can be when you start with plants that self-pollinate and produce mature seedthe first year.  We will cover reasons for saving seeds, identify basic concepts of seed saving and relevant botanical terms and also discuss methods for harvesting and drying beans, lettuce and tomatoes.  By the end of your class you will have demonstrated a couple of seed cleaning methods and go home with a seed saving handout and a package of seeds.
Participants can also stay to participate in a demo on cleaning carrot and parsnip seeds after the workshop.  

Class fee is by $10 – Please pre-register for this event!

Presented by the Live and Learn Program of One Straw Society
Funded by a grant from the Vancouver Health SMARTFund.

Sept 20-Oct 20th is seed freedom month!

posted Sep 26, 2014, 9:28 PM by Carlie Sanford

Check out this website to find out more details:

Updates to Website

posted Aug 30, 2014, 7:32 PM by Carlie Sanford

Hi everyone,
There have been a few updates to the website. Please note the Squash Swap, Seed Stories, and Resources pages have all been recently added or renovated. We hope you are having a bountiful fall season and have some seeds to save for next year. 
The Sunshine Coast Seed Collective

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