Atlantic Canada Regional Seed Bank

The Atlantic Canada Regional Seed Bank was established in 2014 to increase supply and access to regionally adapted, biodiverse varieties of vegetables, grains, and herbs. The seed bank is a partnership between ACORN, Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture, and Seeds of Diversity, and is located in Truro, NS. A group of 20-25 organic and ecological growers in four Atlantic provinces support the bank, curating the collection, growing out the varieties to maintain and improve them, and contributing new varieties each year. 

The seed bank serves primarily Atlantic region farmers and would not exist without their hard work and careful stewardship of seed. 

The Seed Bank Grow-out Program

The 2019 Seed Grow-out Program is now full.

Thanks so much for your interest!  If you are participating in the program this year, you can find relevant information on this page, and contact Steph Hughes (shughes@usc-canada.org) if you have any questions.

The Seed Bank Inventory

In 2019, we digitized our seed bank inventory, making it possible to store more detailed data about each variety, and making it easier for you to access the information. To search the seed bank database, please click here, or use the search fields below.  For best results, it's recommended that you search by "crop", rather than by "variety". Please note the database is new and information is still being updated and added to it. If you have any questions, please contact Steph Hughes (shughes@usc-canada.org).