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Small Scale Organic Seed Production Manual

Small Scale Organic Seed Production Manual

Seed Manual

By Patrick Steiner

Small Scale Organic Seed Production, a new handbook produced 
by FarmFolk/CityFolk for farmers in British Columbia and beyond,
 gives practical advice on why and how to incorporate vegetable 
seed production into existing farming systems.. Written by organic 
seed grower Patrick Steiner, this publication is not so much a 
"how-to" of seed growing as it is a "what to expect" when embarking 
on a journey of seed growing.

Patrick interviews several small-scale seed growers from Canada and the United States to get a glimpse of their experience over the years - their successes, their challenges, and what to expect in the future. Their stories are inspiring and do a wonderful job of preparing the reader for the world of seed growing.

Patrick himself is an experienced seed grower, operating Stellar Seeds ( in Salmon Arm, BC. He is well-known for his high-quality seeds as well as his involvement in seed growing education. Patrick has worked for the last several years on seed security issues in Canada and abroad, including serving on the board of USC Canada ( and BC Seeds, a FarmFolkCityFolk Project (

Table of Contents

The Art of Seed Growing:
Voices From the Field
Marketing Models
Seed Yields
Seed Storage
Seed Cleaning
Disease Prevention and Seed Treatments
Resource List
Table 1: Seed Economics Matrix
Table 2: Seed Yields
Table 3: Seed Longevity in Ideal Storage
Table 4: Minimum Germination Standards for Canada No. 1 Seed
Table 5: Hot Water Seed Treatment Guidelines

Formats and Payment

We offer the 40-page manual in two formats - as a free electronic pdf file available by clicking here or as a coloured printed booklet ($10 including shipping). Download our order form and mail or fax it to the FarmFolkCityFolk office