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What is native seed?
Native seed comes from native plants. These plants have originated from the region they are growing.
In contrast, non-native plants have been introduced by people or animals, either intentionally (example farming) or accidentally. Introduced species are often found on roadsides, in gardens, or other highly disturbed sites.
You can look up whether a plant is native or non-native to the province on several websites such as:
Upcoming Workshops 2017
Held in Attawapiskat First Nation, this workshop will cover methods for collecting, cleaning, storing and shipping seeds for sale. We will cover the plant identification of several highly desired and common species. Contact us for more information or to register.
Held in Attawapiskat First Nation, this workshop will be school-based and cover basics on vegetative propagation and seed propagation for use in gardening and school yard re-vegetation.
Why collect native seed?
The native seed supply in most of central and eastern Canada is very limited, especially for herbs and wild shrubs.
Native plants can be used to re-vegetate disturbed sites such as roadsides, mine lands, forests following logging, etc. They can also be planted for gardening and as a food source.
Animals and other living organisms are adapted to living and growing with native plants, together they form an ecosystem.
Non-native species, however can disrupt this natural balance and are sometimes invasive and highly competitive so that native plants suffer, which in turn affects the rest of the elements of the ecosystem that interact or rely on the native plants.
October (dates TBD)
Why collect seed locally?
Seed are collected locally for similar reasons to collecting native versus non-native plants. That is they are adapted to local growing conditions and the other plants, animals and other organisms that grow in the region.