The collective highly recommends the Seeds of Diversity Canada's book How To Save Your Own Seeds. It holds essential information from choosing the correct quantity of plants to grow for each variety of vegetable, to learning how to harvest, clean and store seeds and plan your garden for ensured pollination as well as prevent unwanted cross pollinations, so your harvest will stay true to the original seeds.
How To Save Your Own Seeds is available at all Sunshine Coast Seed Saving Collective events! Check out our events page here!

Recommended Resources

Sunshine Coast Seed Saving Collective

Seeds of Diversity

A networking forum for sunshine coast residents regarding our local seed security and seed collective.

One Straw Society

Sunshine Coast Non-profit organization for local food accessibility & education & community celebrations

Dragonfly Seeds (Sunshine Coast)
Contact: Maria Hunter

Seed company that is local to the Sunshine Coast

BC Eco Seed Co-op

FarmFolk CityFolk

FarmFolk CityFolk is a not for profit society that works to cultivate a local, sustainable food system. Our projects provide access to & protection of foodlands; support local growers and producers; and engage communities in the celebration of local food.

SaltSpring Seeds

A fabulous local seed company that has seeds for sale, as well as abundant information regarding seed saving and growing different crops. Their How to Save Seeds section has a very informative list of common terms, and is explained in lay language.

The Bauta Family Initiative on Seed Security

A national organization and movement to help maintain seed diversity and security.

Seed Freedom

An international movement for seed freedom. Includes activities, actions from around the globe.

Navdanya International

Created by Dr. Vandana Shiva 30 years ago in India to defend Seed and Food sovereignty and small farmers around the world.

Ted talk:
Seeds: The Buried Beginnings of Food: Simran Sethi at TEDxManhattan!

The buried foundations of food and future-food are slowly disappearing. Environmental journalist Simran Sethi takes us beneath our plates to explore the erosion of what we grow and eat. Through an exploration of agricultural biodiversity, seed monocultures and consolidation, and the small-scale farmers who continue to grow much of the world's food, Simran explains what we all can do to ensure the security and sovereignty of our seed and food.


Seed Saving Powerpoint

by Leonie Croy

Saving Seeds.pptx

Local Tips:

Beans love warmth, do not sow too early and not with a lot of rain.

Tip for storing dry beans: to prevent the emergence of any eggs from the bean fly, place the well-dried beans in the freezer for 24 hours

I discovered my buttercup squash were rooting all along the vine. Curcubita Maximas tend to root at the leaf nodes, which makes for a more prolific plant. So plant the c.maximas where they can take advantage of doing some extra rooting for nourishing bigger and larger numbers of squash. If you plant them and they trail onto a lawn, consider digging spaces under the leaf nodes so that they can work a small root into the soil.