Seed Catalogue

Digital Seed Catalogue

Here at the UBC Farm, we are committed to preserving our seeds as certified organic, open-pollinated, regionally adapted, held in the public domain, and GE-free. One of our core beliefs is that seed sovereignty is an essential part of sustainable bioregional food systems. That is why we are dedicated to our seed trials research with FarmFolkCityFolk, and are founding members of BC’s very own Eco Seed Co-op. If you are looking for ecologically sound seeds for your garden or farm, and want to support research for the public interest, consider growing your farm or garden with our seeds. The CSFS at the UBC Farm is a founding member of the BC Eco Seed Co-op: a producers’ co-operative growing and providing 100% BC-grown seed that is ecologically grown and certified organic, open-pollinated, regionally selected, and GE-free.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I buy UBC Farm seeds? We currently have UBC Farm seed packets in our retail partners: the UBC Bookstore and the UBC Botanical Garden shop. You can also purchase them at our markets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays - Market times and info here!
  • What should I grow indoors, in low light, or in small spaces? We recommend growing plants that are faster from planting to harvest date, such as radishes, lettuce, arugula, and parsley!
  • What should I plant to attract pollinators? Plant things that flower at different times of year to provide food for pollinators! Lupin, phacelia, calendula, anise hyssop, and bachelor buttons are flowers you can plant these into your landscaping that will come back every year if you let some of the plants to seed.
  • Which seeds are great for growing sprouts or microgreens? Arugula, radish, kale, sorrel, and pea are all make tasty sprouts and microgreens.

Visit the UBC Farm Seed Hub page to learn about seed saving research.


UBC Farm’s Digital Seed Catalogue, available for spring 2022.

The UBC Farm produces seeds of 20 to 30 different crop varieties each year from 15 to 20 different crops, including an array of vegetable, bean, flower, and herb species. Seed crops are produced as part of integrated cropping systems at the Farm and are harvested and processed using small-scale equipment.

 

Root Vegetables

 
Beet Golden Chioggia

Golden Chioggia

Beet

Direct sow anytime from mid-April to early August. Sow 1cm deep, 5 apart with 30cm between rows. For larger beets, thin beet seedlings to 7-15cm apart when seedlings are 5cm tall. Harvest when beets are between golf ball and apple size. Min. germination rate: 75%.

A mixed population bred at UBC Farm from crossing a striped Chioggia beet with a golden beet. Beet flesh ranges from scarlet to coral with light striping. Strong, tasty tops and good size make this a must-try for beet aficionados.

Beet Touchstone Gold

Touchstone Gold

Beet

Direct sow anytime from mid-April to early August. Sow 1cm deep, 5 apart with 30cm between rows. For larger beets, thin beet seedlings to 7-15cm apart when seedlings are 5cm tall. Harvest when beets are between golf-ball and apple size. Min. germination rate: 75%.

The classic golden yellow beet. Those who are not fond of the earthy flavour of red beets should try touchstone gold – they are sweeter and milder tasting than their red counterparts.

Radish French Breakfast

French Breakfast

Radish

Directly sow from March to April with successive crops every 2 weeks. Plant seeds 1 cm deep and with a spacing of 3cm apart. Radish can be harvested once reaching maturity after approximately 27 days. Min. germination rate: 80%.

A rounded cylindrical shape with vibrant scarlet rose at the top that fades into white tips. Breakfast radishes are crisp and delicious with a mildly spicy kick when eaten raw, roasted or baked to soft silky perfection.

 
Radish Raxe

Raxe

Radish

Directly sow from March to April with successive crops every 2 weeks. Plant seeds 1 cm deep and with a spacing of 3cm apart. Radish can be harvested once reaching maturity after approximately 27 days. Min. germination rate: 80%.

A plump, golf ball sized, cherry-red radish. Breakfast radishes are crisp and delicious with a mildly spicy kick when eaten raw, or roasted or baked to soft silky perfection.

 

Leafy Vegetables

 
Arugula Astro

Astro

Arugula

Sow seeds directly 5 cm apart in rows 45cm apart between April- August every four weeks. Baby greens can be harvested after 21 days, and larger leaves after 28 days. Plants can be harvested multiple times before bolting, though planting in successions. Min. germination rate: 80%.

Nutty, peppery flavour with a rounded leaf shape.

Arugula Surrey

Surrey

Arugula

Sow seeds directly 5 cm apart in rows 45cm apart between April- August every four weeks. Baby greens can be harvested after 21 days, and larger leaves after 28 days. Plants can be harvested multiple times before bolting, though planting in successions. Min. germination rate: 80%.

A leafy green with ruffled leaves to add loft and peppery zest to any salad.

Celtuce Angustana

Angustana

Celtuce

For direct sowing space 20 cm apart, from May to June. Baby greens may be ready for harvest 35 days after planting, while stems may be ready after 3-4 months. Min. germination rate: 70%.

Celtuce can be grown and prepared like Romaine lettuce, with a similar flavour. Once matured the crisp bolting stalk can also be cooked similar to celery.

 
Chard El Dorado

El Dorado

Chard

Sow directly between mid-April and early August, 1 cm deep, 30cm apart in rows 45 cm apart. Harvest mature stalks after 60-65 days. Min. germination rate: 75%.

Golden stems and dark, succulent, green leaves distinguish Eldorado from other chard varieties. A hardy variety that can over-winter in our climate.

Kale Black Magic

Black Magic

Kale

Sow directly 45cm apart from March to mid-July for summer and winter harvesting (55 days to maturity). Tasty shoots can be harvested the following spring. Min. germination rate: 80%.

Also known as lacinato or dinosaur kale - a beautiful variety with dark green, deeply ribbed leaves. Produces ample edible flower shoots in the spring after wintering.

Kale Nash's Green

Nash’s Green

Kale

Sow directly 45cm apart from March to mid-July for summer and winter harvesting (55 days to maturity). Tasty shoots can be harvested the following spring. Min. germination rate: 80%.

Strong and productive with curly green leaves. Great for overwintering and has good resistance to powdery mildew. Produces ample edible flower shoots in the spring after wintering.

 
Kale Scarlet

Scarlet

Kale

Sow directly 45cm apart from March to mid-July for summer and winter harvesting (55 days to maturity). Tasty shoots can be harvested the following spring. Min. germination rate: 80%.

Curly leaves ranging from purple to scarlet. A productive and cold-hardy kale.

Kale Grand Forks Siberian

Grand Forks Siberian

Kale

Sow directly 45cm apart from March to mid-July for summer and winter harvesting (55 days to maturity). Tasty shoots can be harvested the following spring. Min. germination rate: 80%.

Leaves are large and flat with ruffled edges with a tender, mild flavour. Plants are known for extreme winter hardiness.

Kale Winter Rainbow

Winter Rainbow

Kale

Sow directly 45cm apart from March to mid-July for summer and winter harvesting (55 days to maturity). Tasty shoots can be harvested the following spring. Min. germination rate: 80%.

Delicious curly leaves in a rainbow of blues, greens and purples. This hardy variety is especially tasty in the late fall and spring.

 
Leek Melaton

Melaton

Leek

Plant in March, sowing seeds in flats indoors, 1 cm deep and 1 cm apart. Transplant 15 cm apart. Harvest in early-late fall when plants reach desired size. Min. germination rate: 65%.

Bred here at the UBC Farm and registered with the Open Source Seed Initiative. The shanks are tender with a slight sweetness, while the darker, rougher upper portions of the leeks can be cooked for soup stocks.

Lettuce Panisse

Panisse

Lettuce

Direct sow anytime from Mid-March onwards, or start indoors a few weeks earlier. Lettuce will not germinate if temperatures get too hot. Sow 5mm deep 15cm apart. Cut leaves above the growing tip for repeat harvests or entire head at the ground for a single harvest. Min. germination rate: 70%.

A bright green, mid-sized oakleaf lettuce. Great for container and balcony growing.

Lettuce Spretnak

Spretnak

Lettuce

Direct sow anytime from Mid-March onwards, or start indoors a few weeks earlier. Lettuce will not germinate if temperatures get too hot. Sow 5mm deep 15cm apart. Cut entire head at the ground for a single harvest. Min. germination rate: 70%.

A small, compact romaine variety with deep green leaves and blanched hearts. Great for container and balcony growing.

 
Sorrel Rumex acestosa

Rumex acestosa

Sorrel

Direct sow anytime from early March until the end of summer. Cover lightly with soil, and sow 1cm apart in a block for salad greens, or 30cm for mature sorrel plants. Divide crowns every two years. Min. germination rate: 65%.

A perennial leafy green grown for its distinctive lemony flavour. Young leaves are good for eating raw, older leaves are best cooked in soups and stews.

 

Flowers

 
Ammobium Winged Everlasting

Winged Everlasting

Ammobium

For transplant (recommended), sow shallowly indoors 6 weeks before last frost, cover seeds lightly. Min. germination rate: 50%.

Small, elegant flowers with papery white petals and a yellow center. Used for dried flowers but also great for fresh-cut flowers, gets its name from the flattened stems of the flowers appearing like wings.

Anise Hyssop

Anise Hyssop

Flower

To transplant, sow seeds 15cm apart in rows 60cm apart. For direct seeding, sow shallowly, thinning to 15cm. Min. germination rate: 65%.

The abundant purple flowers of anise hyssop attract pollinators to the garden, while the seeds and foliage offer a sweet, minty, licorice flavour. On top of being an excellent pollinator attractant, the leaves can be used for teas, in salads, and for garnishing foods.

Bachelor’s Buttons UBC Farm Mix

Bachelor’s Buttons

UBC Farm Mix

After the last frost, sow seeds directly, spreading them thinly with 6 seeds per foot, 6mm deep, 15cm apart. Flowers harvested halfway open last longer in bouquets. Min. germination rate: 60%.

Our choice mix of blue, white and red papery blossoms. Bachelor buttons are a beautiful garden edition that can be used in bouquets, dried, and even eaten!

 
Calendula UBC Farm Mix

Calendula

UBC Farm Mix

Direct sow after the last. Seeds should be 6mm deep and spaced 15cm apart. Harvest flower heads once halfway open. Min. germination rate: 65%.

Bright, beautiful, and edible orange blossoms add a burst of colour to any setting--from gardens to salads. Great for pollinators. Self-seeds readily in our climate.

Cosmos Bi-color Violet

Bi-color Violet

Cosmos

Seed directly after the last frost, with soil lightly covering. Seeds should be in thin rows, with 30cm spacing. Harvest just as flowers begin to open. Min. germination rate: 65%.

Tall purple to white flowers with full double blooms. Vigorous plants benefit from heavy harvesting and deadheading. Long stems make for great mixed or single-type bouquets.

Lupine UBC Farm Mix

Lupine

UBC Farm Mix

Begin sowing indoors between mid to late February or mid-March for direct sowing. Plant only 3mm deep. Lupine flowers should bloom after 2 months if sown in the spring. Min. germination rate: 65%.

Tall and vibrant with pearl-like flowers, lupine makes a beautiful addition to any garden with nitrogen-fixing benefits. Flowers range from white to red. Very attractive to bees and other pollinators. A hardy perennial that can be cut back entirely each fall and will flower annually in June.

 
Nigella Persian Jewel

Persian Jewel

Nigella

Start indoors 6 weeks before last frost or direct sow after last frost. Cover seeds lightly with soil, and aim for a final spacing of 30cm. Min. germination rate: 55%.

Beautiful delicate blue and white flowers surrounded by lacy foliage that eventually form unique seed pods perfect for fresh or dried bouquets.

Phacelia tanacetifolia

Phacelia tanacetifolia

Phacelia

Direct sow anytime from last frost until mid-June. Sow 5mm deep, 10cm apart. Min. germination rate: 65%.

Also known as Purple tansy, this plant is a heavy producer of beautiful blue to purple flowers. One of the best all-around pollinator attractors. Very long bloom period and can self-seed easily in our climate.

Strawflower Sultane Mix

Strawflower

Sultane Mix

Sow directly onto the soil surface beginning in mid-April or indoors in mid-February, spacing 30 cm apart. Min. germination rate: 60%.

A variety of flower colours ranging from dark red to orange. Stiff paper-like petals that are excellent for dried flower bouquets.

 
Strawflower UBC Farm Mix

Strawflower

UBC Farm Mix

Sow directly onto the soil surface beginning in mid-April or indoors in mid-February, spacing 30 cm apart. Min. germination rate: 60%.

Our choice mix has flowers with petals ranging from dark red to pink, white, and peach with stiff paper-like petals that are excellent for dried flower bouquets.

Sweet Pea UBC Farm Mix

Sweet Pea

UBC Farm Mix

Begin sowing indoors at the beginning of February or directly in early spring. Seeds should be 1 cm deep. Min. germination rate: 75%.

Our choice mix of bubblegum pink, cream and sky blue flowers is perfect for producing sweet-smelling bouquets all summer long. Annual climbers that can reach up to 2 meters high along a trellis.

 

Herbs

 
Chives

Chives

Herb

Begin planting indoors February to May and transplant or sow directly in the late spring. Sow seeds 5mm deep and space 15cm apart. To harvest, cut the whole plant at ground level. Divide crowns every two years. Min. germination rate: 65%.

A versatile, hardy perennial herb with stems and flowers that can be eaten for a subtle onion flavour, cooked or fresh.

Parsley Hilmar

Hilmar

Parsley

For transplant (recommended) sow seeds in 1 in containers, allowing 3 weeks for germination. For direct seeding, begin in May, sowing seeds 5mm deep with 3 seeds per 2.54 cm in a single row. Thin plants later to be 20cm apart. Min. germination rate: 55%.

Flat leafed Italian parsley for bright, flavorful garnishes. Its robust growth and cold tolerance means the same plant can be harvested again and again well into the winter months.

Beans

 
Bean Bingo

Bingo

Bean

Sow 2cm deep and 5 cm apart. Requires trellising to climb, and plants can climb to 2m. The pods can be harvested when deep red over a cream background, at approximately 85 days, with continuous harvest for several weeks. Min. germination rate: 80%.

A “Cranberry” or “borlotti” type pole bean known for its red and white speckled pods and beans. Bingo beans are quite productive and can be used as fresh shelling beans or allowed to dry on the plant.

Bean Calypso

Calypso

Bean

From the end of May to early June, directly sow beans 2 cm deep and 5cm apart with rows 60cm apart. Beans can be harvested after approximately 80 days when pods are crispy dry and beans inside are hard. Min. germination rate: 80%.

A dry bean with an iconic black and white “orca” pattern. Plants grow as compact, short bushes for easy harvest and are versatile when cooked with a delicious creamy texture--excellent for soups and stews.

Bean Hunter

Hunter

Bean

Directly sow seeds from mid-May to mid-June, spacing seeds 30 cm apart and 3.5cm deep, providing support for them to climb. Pods are ready for harvest while 2cm wide and flat, before they get fibrous. Harvest regularly to continue the production of new pods. Min. germination rate: 80%.

A high-yielding Romano-type pole bean with flattened pods for fresh eating or cooking.

 
Bean Kenearly Yellow Eye

Kenearly Yellow Eye

Bean

: From the end of May to early June, directly sow beans 2 cm deep and 5cm apart with rows 60cm apart. Beans can be harvested after approximately 80 days when pods are crispy dry and beans inside are hard. Min. germination rate: 80%.

These rich, creamy dry beans with their distinct yellow streak are excellent as baked beans and hearty stews. Bush plants are sturdy and tall, keeping their pods off the ground for easy harvest.

Bean Provider

Rocdor/Provider Mix

Bean

Sow seeds directly between mid-May to early-July, 5cm apart, in rows 60cm apart. Young pods are best when pencil-thin and tender. Harvest frequently to promote more bean production. Min. germination rate: 80%.

A mix of green and yellow snap beans on bush plants, high yielding, early, and delicious. Great fresh or cooked.

Bean Tiger's Eye

Tiger’s Eye

Bean

From the end of May to early June, directly sow beans 2 cm deep and 5cm apart with rows 60cm apart. Beans can be harvested after approximately 80 days when pods are crispy dry and beans inside are hard. Min. germination rate: 80%.

Productive dry bush bean are ochre-coloured with burgundy stripes. Creamy in texture, rich in flavor, and are great for stews or re-fried.

Vegetables

 
Pea Cascadia

Cascadia

Pea

Plant early to mid-March until as late as early August for a fall and winter harvest (performs best in spring/early summer). Plant peas 2-5cm deep (deeper plantings if the soil is warmer and drier), 5cm apart. Benefits from some structural support. Min. germination rate: 75%.

The classic snap pea of the west coast. Plump pea pods are crisp, sweet and very productive when harvested frequently.

Jolene Pepper

Jolene

Pepper

Sow indoors in trays in March-April. When transplanting, space 30cm apart. Can be eaten green, but requires full sun and a long season to reach deep red. Min. germination rate: 65%.

The taste is sweet and mild. Large, glossy “Italian Bullhorn” type, red peppers that taper to a point.

Tomatillo Purple Striped

Purple Striped

Tomatillo

Sow indoors in April-May. Transplant 60cm apart. Harvest once the husks begin to split and fruits are plump. Min. germination rate: 50%.

A cross between green and purple tomatillos, this variety is an early starter with distinct purple stripes against its dark green background. Bred here at UBC Farm and registered with the Open Source Seed Initiative. Tomatillos are the key ingredients in salsa verde.