Published: The Seed and Plant Sanctuary for Canada Newsletter, March 6, 2013

photo credit: EraPhenalia Vintage

In only a century, we have lost over 90% of the varieties available to us. When choosing seeds for your garden, choose open pollinated varieties (so that you can save seed and grow a “true” plant) and grow endangered varieties. According to USC Canada, the following are endangered varieties of seeds that we, as humans, need to save before they’re gone forever. Grow them out and share your seed harvest with friends, neighbours and the Seed Sanctuary!

  • Marconi Bush Beans
  • Orca Beans
  • Soldier Beans
  • Nantes Coreless Carrots
  • White Wonder Cucumber
  • Parris Island Romaine Lettuce
  • Rouge d’Hiver Romaine Lettuce
  • Tatsoi
  • Yellow Crookneck Squash
  • Chadwick Cherry Tomato
  • Christmas Grape Tomato
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One Response to Endangered Seeds

  1. Angie Koch says:

    There are plenty of endangered seeds, but I’m pretty sure a number of these aren’t on that list: Paris Island Romaine and Yellow Crookneck squash are 2 that are readily available in seed catalogues…Where did this list come from?