West Coast Seeds believes, first and foremost, in the principles of organic growing and sustainable agriculture. Namely, we believe that food and all plants should be grown without the use of synthetic chemicals and that the seeds we supply are an important component within the broader conceptual approach to organic gardening. We believe that growers are custodians of the land they grow on — however large or small — and that by nourishing the soil through organic gardening techniques like composting and crop rotation, the plants they grow will be more vigorous, and less demanding. We believe that food should be grown in healthy soil. We believe that promoting biodiversity is an essential element of healthy farming.
We believe in supplying our customers with the freshest, fattest seed available, with the highest rate of germination possible. Our seed is never treated with insecticides, fungicides, or other chemicals which we believe cause more harm than good. In the rare instance when our seeds are coated for easier handling, the coating will be organic and composed of natural ingredients such as clay, molasses, etc.
West Coast Seeds specifies to every supplier we deal with that genetically modified seeds are not acceptable to us. We believe that genetic modification is fraught with problems, and should not be a component of agriculture or food production. To the best of our knowledge, the seeds we sell are free from genetic modification (GMO).
All of the seed products we sell meet the purity specifications of the CFIA and the USDA.
Our seed products are free from all noxious and prohibited weeds and approved for distribution in North America.
As part of our commitment to supplying seed with a high rate of germination, we have all our seed lots tested regularly for germination by an independent, government certified seed laboratory. Seeds that do not meet Canada No. 1 germination, as well as all seeds returned from our retail partners, are donated to charitable organization both at home and abroad in developing countries.
Finally, we believe in the principles of eating locally produced food whenever possible, in sharing gardening wisdom, and teaching people how to grow food.