Looking for ways to start leading a healthier lifestyle? Look no further than the root of the problem - the seeds. Mass-produced seeds are protected from bugs and pests using synthetic chemicals, while if you buy organic you know that nothing is added. It's healthier for your plants, soil, and most importantly you.
Non-organic plants grown for seed use higher levels of pesticides, affecting human consumption and wildlife. Another downside is that they have to stay in the ground longer, giving more time for pests to destroy them. Organic seeds adapt to grow in organic environments easier, and since they are grown naturally are much healthier for you. On top of these benefits, buying local is great for your community - and buying organic funds other organic companies, research, and product selection/accessibility. As the weather starts to cool down you might not be thinking about your garden just yet- but planning in advance will help you find the right seeds to grow a healthy and organic garden.
Below we've gathered 5 places you can buy organic seeds and products from. Feel free to browse their shops, we highly suggested switching to organic if you haven't already!
Deep into the background research, breeding, and development of their product, Seeds of Change ensures you receive organic certified seeds.
Urban Harvest provides organic certified seeds as well as garden supplies. They have some physical locations during the week, but also have a successful 24/7 online store for customers to shop from. Some of their products are chosen based on how well they survive in an "urban garden".
West Coast Seeds started in 1983 in British Columbia and offer over 800 varieties of seeds. They are also active in the community, donating lots of seeds to local food growing projects, and even donate proceeds from some of their sales to other organizations.
Seed Savers Exchange is located in Iowa, USA. With 20,000 plant varieties, they can surely be considered one of the largest organic seed companies. They coordinate with over 13,000 members across the USA to provide a massive selection of wonderful seeds.
Founded in Central Ontario, Hawthorne Farm provides organically grown seeds for flowers, vegetables, and herbs.