The Story of CANTERRA SEEDS: From Seed to Company
In the spring of 1996, the vision and work of nine seed growers from Western Canada came to fruition with the launch of CANTERRA SEEDS. That vision was founded on the principle of selecting and securing the best genetics for Western Canada, and keeping them in the hands of seed growers and farmers.
That original group of nine seed growers from each of the three Prairie provinces (three per province) eventually grew to over 150 seed grower shareholders. With the addition of canola, corn and soybeans to the company’s portfolio of seed, CANTERRA SEEDS would partner with local and international seed breeding programs and cast a wider net in the mission to bring the best of the best to Prairie farmers.
Now, 25 years later, some of our founding fathers share the story of our company’s roots and celebrate the seed of an idea…Watch Founder Videos
A made-in-Canada opportunity for seed growers to be involved in the acquisition and distribution of varieties was at the root of the founding of CANTERRA SEEDS. Henry shares how opportunity turned into success.
The idea of CANTERRA SEEDS was first germinated by Ken, who also knew that great ideas need great people to grow. Principle and purpose were at the root of that idea, as told by Ken.
When nine seed growers gathered in Saskatoon to hear Ken Nelson’s vision for CANTERRA SEEDS, no one knew where opportunity would take the company. Vince shares his pride in having been a part of the journey.
If something is worth doing, it is worth taking the time to do it right. Carl shares his story of the early days of turning an idea into a company.
Inclusivity and teamwork were at the root of launching CANTERRA SEEDS, and Fred shares his recollection of those early years and the importance of staying true to those roots.
The role of the seed grower in the seed business was changing and our company founders saw a need for a new seed company with a new philosophy. David shares that story.
CANTERRA SEEDS is rooted in Western Canada, but the company cast a wide net to secure the best genetics for farmers on the Prairies. Max talks of the importance of partnerships to the company.
As one of the new company’s first employees, Dave helped move the idea of CANTERRA SEEDS into a business. Seed grower shareholders were critical to that launch; Dave tells us why.
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In 2021, Rooted in the Prairies Project donated $161,000 to ten charities/non-profits across the Prairies. This year, CANTERRA SEEDS is investing another $25,000 to local communities through this program. Nomination period ends March 31, 2022, so don't wait!Read More
To celebrate 25 years in the seed business in 2021, CANTERRA SEEDS asked its seed grower shareholders and farmers to nominate a cause dear to their hearts to receive one of ten $2,500 donations from the company’s Rooted in the Prairies Project.…Read More
Broken Arrow Youth Ranch is receiving more than $48,000 as a result of the Rooted in the Prairies Project from CANTERRA SEEDS and the Bushels for Broken Arrow Project after being nominated by Nick Petruic of Petruic Seed Company Inc.Read More
The Wrentham Volunteer Fire Department is receiving a $2,500 donation after being nominated by Troy Eliason of Eliason Farms as part of the Rooted in the Prairies Project by CANTERRA SEEDS. Eliason Farms is also matching the donation from CANTERRA…Read More
A Lake Lenore-based non-profit organization is getting a $2,500 donation to help fund various projects that aim to remove barriers to mental health treatment access after being nominated by Cortney Hartl as part of the Rooted in the Prairies Project by CANTERRA SEEDS.Read More
Curlers of all ages and skill levels in northeast Saskatchewan can look forward to seeing some upgrades at the beloved Wadena RE/MAX Curling Club thanks to Lee Johnson of Northland Seeds and the Rooted in the Prairies Project from CANTERRA SEEDS.Read More
Students returning to classes at the St. Claude School Complex this fall had a brand-new play structure waiting for them after years of fundraising and donations, including a $2,500 donation from R-Way Ag through the Rooted in the Prairies Project by CANTERRA SEEDS.Read More
Dale Wylie nominated the Biggar Revitalization Project because he wanted future generations to experience the town as he’s known it. Funds raised from the campaign will go toward improving infrastructure on Biggar’s Main Street and transforming the Canadian National Railway grounds into a multi-use park, tourism hub and interpretive centre.Read More
Hockey players and skaters of all ages in the La Glace, Alberta area will soon lace up their skates in a brand-new hockey arena partly funded by Dan Richards of Scenic Heights Farms after he nominated the La Glace Ag Society through the Rooted in the Prairies Project by CANTERRA SEEDS.Read More
The Russell Lots a Tots Daycare expansion will accommodate up to 48 children to give parents the opportunity to enter the workforce, strengthen the local economy and pursue personal growth.Read More