Where can you go to see West Coast Seeds varieties being grown and harvested? Our seeds are grown out by professional growers at numerous trial gardens around the Lower Mainland. This allows us to monitor germination, days to maturity, disease resistance, genetic purity, and overall performance and quality. The locations below are fun to visit, and offer much more than simply showcasing our seeds in growth.
UBC Botanical Garden Food Garden
The Food Garden at the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research grows vegetables, herbs, and flowers from West Coast Seeds. Set in the midst of a world-class botanical garden, the Food Garden demonstrates growing in raised beds, cloche gardening, organic gardening techniques, winter gardening, and feeding healthy soil. The UBC Botanical Garden makes for a wonderful afternoon's walk. Just about all of the gardens there (including the food garden) are wheelchair accessible, and the garden is open 12 months of the year.
6804 SW Marine Drive (Near 16th ave)
You might not know about UBC Farm unless you made a point of visiting. Tucked among the ancient trees of Pacific Spirit Park, this 24-hectare, student-driven facility is devoted to teaching and developing organic farming techniques, community education, and culturally diverse farming practices. All summer, and into fall, it makes a very rewarding outing, and the farm itself produces masses of food for use on campus. Tours are available.
6182 South Campus Road (off Wesbrook)
Westham Island Herb Farm
The next time you plan to visit the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary on Westham Island, be sure to make a stop at the Westham Island Herb Farm. The Ellis family has been farming on this land for four generations and from May to October there's always something going on. Visit their exceptional farm store for fresh local produce, honey, preserves, flowers, and special events. Many West Coast Seeds varieties are trialled at the farm.
4690 Kirkland Road
Situated in the heart of Kitsilano, the offices and demonstration gardens of the City Farmer promote sustainable urban agriculture, composting, water-wise gardening, vermiculture, green roofs, and child/adult education. The City Farmer is largely responsible for the greening of Vancouver's boulevards, and for encouraging neighbourhood community gardens. The offer courses throughout the year.
Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture
2150 Maple St. (At 5th Ave.)
Richmond Fruit Tree Sharing Project
Over 17,000 pounds of organically grown food came out of the Sharing Farm this year, all donated to local food banks, churches, and charities. The farm runs educational classes for children and adults, and promotes sustainable farming practices. An extensive community garden is also cultivated on the property. Scores of West Coast Seeds varieties are grown there.
Richmond Sharing Farm
2431 Westminister Hwy
Richmond, BC V7E 6R5
Boundary Bay Earthwise Farm
The Earthwise Farm promotes the concept of farming in urban settings as part of a community-based agricultural movement. The farm offers an opportunity for learning in a farm environment, outreach to local schools, a farm store, and programs that promote sustainable farming practices. Many West Coast Seeds varieties are grown throughout the year there.
6500 3rd Avenue
London Heritage Farm Community Gardens
Overlooking the south arm of the Fraser River, London Farm offers a peek into the past with its 1880s farmhouse, heritage herb and flower gardens, and ever-expanding community gardens. This was the original location of West Coast Seeds trial gardens, and many of our varieties continue to be grown there. Special events are held at the property throughout the year.
6511 Dyke Road
A Rocha BC Field Study Centre
In addition to restoration and conservation work on the Little Campbell River, the Surry Field Study Centre focuses on research, community agriculture, sustainable living, and environmental education programs, hosting over 2,000 students every year. Open to the public on weekends in the summer.
512 - 172nd Street