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RESOURCES

Anyone wishing to start a self sustained and/ or off-grid lifestyle can find alot of information below. From seeds to trees, bees and other pollinators to stories of tiny house living. We tracked down much local info as possible but also included all of Canada and those in the USA wishing provide us with catalogs, info or even just composters. Gardening, bee keeping, protecting the environment or just to get away from the city life we work hard to make your search easier.

INFORMATION AND SUPPLIERS

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The Seed Company by E.W. Gaze

Gaze Seed Co. was founded in 1925 by Ernest Walter Gaze and was the first store of its kind in Newfoundland. Specializing in high-quality vegetable and flower seeds, Gaze quickly became the go-to spot on the island for gardeners and farmers alike. The store is now being run by E.W.'s great-grandson, Peter Byrne. Although Newfoundland and Labrador is now well-connected to the rest of the world and no longer dependant on local food, there is a definite surge in interest in food security and backyard farming. Byrne is evolving the business to suit the needs of this generation's "rubber boot gardeners" by bringing in new products such as organic fertilizers and locally made supplies.

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Richters Herbs

Richters Herbs. Grower and purveyor of herb seeds and plants, dried herbs and herbal products. We ship most products, including plants, to Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Veseys Seeds Ltd.

Vesey's Seeds Ltd., located in York, Prince Edward Island was established in 1939 and is Canada's largest mail order gardening company. Featuring an extensive selection of Vegetable, Flower & Herb Seeds, Vesey's is also Canada's largest importer of Spring and Fall planting Dutch Bulbs. Vesey's also prides itself on an extensive selection of gardening tools, accessories and season extending aids. Call toll free 1-800-363-7333 (or click button below if on a smartphone).

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Salt Spring Seeds

Visit our site and choose from 700 different varieties and we also specialize in high protein crops. We've been growing organically and encouraging sustainable agriculture since 1986.

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The Incredible Seed Company

Specializing in open-pollinated & heritage seeds. Vegetables, flowers, herbs, trees & fruits. Only untreated & GMO-Free seeds.. Call toll free 1-888-851-6620 (or click button below if on a smartphone).

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West Coast Seeds

West Coast Seeds started in 1983 in Vancouver, British Columbia. We specialize in heirloom and certified organic seeds for organic growing. We offer 800 varieties of untreated, non-GMO, non-GEO, open pollinated and hybrid seeds for your selection as well as a wide range of gardening supplies. West Coast Seeds is certified by the Pacific Agriculture Certification Society (Registration number 16-205).

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Hope Seeds

Hope Seeds is a small but committed seed company, with a dedication to local and sustainable agriculture since our beginning in 1993. This little but growing company officially became a co-operatively owned business in December 2015. We continue to build on the original vision of founder: Passion for seed saving; commitment to sustainable agriculture; and securing local food systems for future generations. We offer certified organic and sustainably-grown, heritage and open-pollinated garden seed including Jerusalem artichokes, seed potatoes, seed garlic and cover crops.

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Rainbow Seeds

Canada's - Heirloom - Non-GMO - Heritage vegetable garden seeds supplier. Support your secluded seed production accross Canada.

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Elena’s Organic Garden 

Elena’s Organic Garden is a small family own and operated farm, established in 2013, located in South Ontario. Specializing in growing garlic, tobacco and heirloom vegetables for seeds. We also grow culinary grade lavender and sell lavender products. We stay away from GMO products and promote organically grown sustainable food. Our store is 100% online business. We ship everything we sell across the globe.

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G & M Family Farm

Known province wide for their beekeeping supplies, nucleus colonies, bee products, produce and expert advice.

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Manzer Apiary Inc

If you’ve ever considered becoming a beekeeper then look no further. Our easy to use top bar beehives are perfect for the backyard beekeeper. Handmade in Digby, Nova Scotia, our EZ Hive eliminates heavy lifting and bending and is less intrusive to the honeybees. The design of the top bar hive allows the bees to build comb naturally without the use of foundations and queen excluders. Visit our website to learn more about how you can become a top bar beekeeper.

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Silver Creek Nursery

Want to plant some practical and delicious plants in your backyard? Looking for some unique potted fruit plants to sell at your retail business? Growing fruit to sell or make into cider?

Well, we have the fruit trees and bushes to get you started, as well as some useful tools and accessories!

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The Corn Hill Nursery

The Corn Hill Nursery is located in the gently rolling hills of Kings County, New Brunswick at 2700 Route 890. We grow a complete range of hardy fruits, ornamental shrubs, trees, vines and perennials. All without the use of pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. In the Spring and Fall of the year we ship bare root plants all around North America. 

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Hardy Fruit Tree Nursery

Make this world a better world. Plant fruit trees!

At Hardy Fruit Tree Nursery, we produce cold-hardy fruit trees that will thrive in the northern climate. Our fruit trees are grown completely naturally, and we take care of the entire process of production; from planting the seed, to preparing for shipment all over Canada. Our varieties are selected from hundreds that we are testing in our experimental orchards, with the aim of offering you the most delicious fruit and the most reliable trees. We ship our trees bare rooted, and they can be ordered from our website any time of the year, for shipment either in fall or in spring.  

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Wylie Mycologicals

Wylie Mycologicals, in business over 30 years, manufactures and sells grow blocks for a variety of Woody Specialty Mushrooms which require cellulose (wood) to fruit on. The kits are self-contained, nothing need be added and they come with instructions. They are shipped ready to fruit after being ordered on our website. We ship throughout continental North America.

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Homegrown Mushrooms

Ease the cultivation of mushroom for foodies & gardening enthusiasts. HomeGrown take pride in upcycling spent coffee ground into grow kits through mycelium.

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Fernwood Plant Nursery

Fernwood Plant Nursery is Canada’s specialty mail-order fern nursery, offering one of the largest selections of native and exotic hardy ferns for northern gardens, all proudly grown in the Maritimes.

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BambooPlants.ca

BambooPlants.ca was founded in South Eastern Ontario in 2014, by a young Horticultural Engineer. The company specializes in seedlings, and offers a number of hardy homestead plants and trees: Canada grown bamboo, native grasses and shrubs, conifers, deciduous trees, and fruit
and berry bushes.

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Bamboo Botanicals

Bamboo Botanicals, located in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, is a private bamboo garden and nursery dedicated to the appreciation, education and promotion of bamboo.

Bamboo Botanicals grows many species of ornamental and very rare bamboo plants here in the greater Vancouver area. As a specialty bamboo plant nursery, we specialize in non-invasive (clumping) bamboos. Our website is also a comprehensive online resource for learning about bamboo.

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SucSeed

SucSeed is a social enterprise that uses hydroponic technology to provide full circle social impact through the product, the producer, the recipient, and the beneficiary. Our hydroponic systems are build by at risk youth and the products are sold to the general public which funds hydroponic cooperatives in Northern Canada. Our mission is to use hydroponic technology to improve food security for Northern Canadians.

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Worm Composting Canada

Worm Composting Canada is vermicomposting business and educational website dedicated to helping more Canadians get interested and involved in worm composting. The site is owned by Bentley "Compost Guy" Christie who has been involved in vermicomposting for nearly 20 years, and has educating others about the topic online for more than a decade. 

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Cathy's Crawly Composters and Sprouters

Everything for successful worm composting and sprout growing. Check out The Living Composter, made in Canada, super cute, doubles as a stool and comes in four delightful colours.

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Trouter's Special Worm Farm Inc

Trouter's Special Worm Farm Inc is a vermiculture operation, worm farm,
offering Red Wiggler worms for indoor and outdoor composting, worm
castings for soil fertility, our own special blended soil made up of
peat / castings based materials. We also offer Canadian night crawlers
for bait season as well as mulch, compost, topsoil. 

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Greentools

Greentools is a British Columbia based company that was started to provide innovative solutions designed to improve sustainability for homes, businesses and institutions. It is our goal to represent products that help our customers minimise their environmental impact and at the same time, reduce their operating costs. Greentool’s flagship product is the Hungry Bin, a continuous flow worm composter.

Designed and manufactured in New Zealand, Hungry Bin is a fast and convenient way to compost your food scraps. The innovative design is highly efficient and can process up to 2.0 kilos of waste per day. The Hungry Bin creates an ideal living environment for compost worms. The worms quickly convert organic waste into castings and a nutrient-rich liquid, which are both high-quality natural fertilisers. It is a simple process to collect both the castings and liquid produced by the hungry bin. Hungry Bin is not just clean, simple and easy to use - it looks great too.

FREE CATALOGS


Here are some of the seed catalogs that companies will mail out to Canadian addresses and all of these we highly recommend you check out for yourself!


Also check out these USA suppliers to Canada!

CONSERVATION

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Newfoundland and Labrador Beekeeping Association

Looking for information on apiculture in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador then visit the NLBKA website! If you own honeybees please register them with the provincial apiarist using the form below.

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Friends of the Earth Canada

Please visit their site for more information on the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count and give them your support. We have also added shortcuts to their bee identification census cards.


Please do not import honey bees, used equipment, pollen, beeswax, etc. It is illegal to import bees and used equipment without a permit from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Newfoundland and Labrador Fisheries and Land Resources

Three species of bats on the island of Newfoundland and one in Labrador. These are the Little Brown Bat, the Northern Long-eared Bat, and the Hoary Bat. Please help protect our bats species by helping with early monitoring of White Nose Syndrome a disease in bats.

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Wildlife Conservation Society Canada

WCS Canada safeguards wildlife and wild places in Canada through science, conservation action, and inspiring people to value nature.


Please report sightings of bats appearing to be sick, found dead or seen flying around in winter or early spring. Do not handle bats and avoid entering hibernation sites to prevent spreading of the fungus by accident and to avoid disturbing bats that are hibernating

Members of the public can call the toll-free number 1-833-434-BATS (2287) and be put in direct contact with a bat expert who can help answer questions and provide the most up-to-date and accurate information about bat-related topics.

GET INVOLVED

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Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture

The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture (NLFA) is an organization which represents farmers and farmer groups in the province. Its motto is “Farmers Helping Farmers”, and the organization believes that by sharing information and speaking with a united voice, farmers can work more effectively for the betterment of the agriculture industry, and for the improvement of the Province as a whole

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Little Green Thumbs

Little Green Thumbs is an indoor classroom gardening program which creates dynamic learning opportunities for teachers and students by supporting them to grow food in their classrooms.

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Maritime Gardening Podcast

Hi, my name is Greg Auton, host of the Maritime Gardening Podcast and YouTube channel. I keep a 2,500 square foot vegetable garden in my backyard in Nova Scotia, Canada. The YouTube channel and Podcast are devoted to sharing my insights and observations as I work through the process of applying a permaculture approach to growing my own food.

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Jess and Tim's Tiny House

Our tiny house blog is a great resource for anyone wanting to embark on the tiny life, or any other significant do-it-yourself project. It covers the nitty gritty details of how exactly we achieved the steps of our build, thought processes that went into the decision making of our build, research, logistics, challenges, and more. There are plenty of pictures and some video to help demonstrate what I try to describe, and we welcome all comments and questions. One of the goals with our blog was to inspire and engage other Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who want to prioritize minimalism and sustainability for their lifestyle, and based on the feedback we've gotten, it is contributing to that concept in spades! We look forward to adding more content now that we've returned home from Japan and will be re-igniting our tiny house build for the interior finishes! We cannot wait to complete the build and finalize land purchase so that can finally start living in our tiny house and invite others over to see how attainable and realistic this lifestyle choice is!

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