OSC Seeds is the largest wholly Canadian-owned and operated packet seed company, offering a full line of products including over 30 herbs, 250 vegetables, 240 annuals, and 100 perennials and biennials suitable for Canada’s various climates.
Our fifth-generation family business has over 125 years of growing history and is proud to be wholly Canadian-owned and operated. From our central facility in Kitchener, Ontario, we can ship from coast to coast across Canada.
Over 125 Years of History
At OSC Seeds, our mission is to supply our customers with the highest quality seed available at competitive pricing. All our vegetable seeds surpass CFIA standards for germination and purity in Canada. We also offer a range of Organic seed products that are certified by the Centre for Systems Integration (CSI).
We match our superior product offering with knowledgeable and experienced staff, helpful customer service, and on-time deliveries across the country. We guarantee the purity and vitality of our seeds to the full amount of the purchase price.
Focus on environmentally responsible growing
Preserves heirloom seeds
While they do not specialize in seeds and their selection is not huge, they do carry multiple brands. If you like one particular brand for flowers and prefer another for vegetables, this may be a big perk for you. You can also get seedlings and even larger plants by ordering online and picking up at the store.
“At this site, you can search by region, benefit, and growing condition for flower seeds that are good for the local ecosystem.”
No tools or garden items
Before we go into that, you may be curious what we mean by “heirloom seeds” and their significance. According to Seed Savers Exchange:
As the pandemic reveals how vulnerable we are when we’re reliant on a centralized, exploitative food system, those of us who are inclined to grow some of our own food should try and prioritize buying heirloom seeds—often they taste better, they may be more nutritious, and diversifying our food varieties will ultimately be better for our collective health.
During the first and second World Wars, people started victory gardens of their own herbs and vegetables to reduce strain on the food system. Now, victory gardens are back, so we’ve created a guide of where you can find heirloom seeds within your region in North America.
A perhaps unexpected impact of the current pandemic is that more people are taking an interest in becoming more self-reliant and growing their own food!
So the vendors we’ve rounded up below all sell heirloom seeds—many of which are also organic—that can be saved from year-to-year. Saving seeds and sharing with neighbors is an important way to both preserve heirloom varieties, maintain genetic diversity, and help our communities to build resilience and self-sufficiency.