Welcome to the inaugural blog post from Bird & Bee, a farm-based vegetable seed business located at Just Food Farm in the Eastern Greenbelt of Ottawa. Our Farm team is made up of Jamie Farris Manning, & Jordan Bouchard, you can read more about us here.
This year is our first season under the Bird & Bee banner - we were previously known as Green's Creek Farm. Over the last two seasons we have developed a modest catalogue of organic vegetable seed products and will be expanding our selection each year. You are able to access our seeds using our online store, or by visiting us at one of the Seedy Saturday events we attend each spring (more details on that later).
In addition to what's available in the store, we have grown several experimental varieties through different breeding projects. A couple examples include two projects under the Just Food Regional Seed Programs: the Red Pepper Project (a community effort to select an early ripening red bell pepper), and the Ottawa Community Cucumber Project (a community project working to select a powdery mildew resistant cucumber plant).
We have also grown seed lots for the Bauta Family initiative on Canadian Seed Security, and have grown out seeds for the Canadian Seed Library through Seeds of Diversity. Over time more and more of our "seed projects," will become available for purchase as we achieve some of our growing targets, and identify new goals for the future.
This blog will be updated periodically with updates from our farm, stories of seed from around the world and our region, and information on the seed/farming/gardening community in our area.
Thanks for visiting!
Jamie and Jordan
Bird & Bee