Patrick Steiner and Collen O'Brien operate Stellar Seeds, based in the small mountain town of Kaslo, British Columbia. Currently transitioning from their land base in Johnson's Landing they are excited to move their seed growing practice to Lofstedt Farm in Kaslo. Beyond producing seeds, they also produce fresh vegetables and 10 varieties of garlic. You can meet Colleen and Patrick at many Seedy Saturday events across the Kootenays throughout February and March, or at the Kaslo Saturday Market from May through September. They have been producing high quality organic seeds for over fifteen years.
Saanich Organics is an organic vegetable marketing partnership run by Robin Tunnicliffe, Heather Stretch, and Rachel Fisher. They each have their own certified organic farms on the Saanich Peninsula, near Victoria BC, and have been working cooperatively since 2002. They have recently embraced seed saving due to the dire need for high quality, organically grown, locally produced, heirloom seed. Thanks to the good work of seed managers Melanie Sylvestre and Lisa Willott they have some varieties to offer Stellar Seeds this year.
Glorious Organics is the marketing arm of a great collection of farmy people at Fraser Common Farm in Aldergrove, BC. Along with growing salad greens and lots of other fresh market produce they have been producing and saving seeds for many years. We are happy to have them as our newest partners, providing us with some of their great seed. As a bonus, we have had the pleasure of collaborating with them to create some seed saving videos that you can view on our "Resources" page.
Mel Sylvestre has been farming for the last 10 years. She has been a field worker, crop manager, small-scale farm business owner, and is now working as a field research assistant and seed saving project coordinator at The UBC Farm in Vancouver, BC. She incorporated her first seed crop to her practice in 2009 and is now self-proclaimed seed addicted. She also loves sharing her passion and has develop a project allowing students and the community to learn about seeds and get hands-on experience at The UBC Farm. She is currently finishing her degree in Soil and Plant Science at UBC and can't wait to be back in the country side so that she can grow even more seeds! UBC Farm has recently become Certified Organic. Way to go!