Contract growing services
For more access to quality Ontario native plants, consider contracting growing with us to meet your unique project needs.
** Now accepting requests for 2023 (subject to current demand & seed availability), 2024, and 2025. **
Contract growing is an opportunity to participate in the nursery production process. You can leverage experience from our knowledgeable team of ecologists, seed specialists, and growers for your project. We operate state-of-the-art nursery production facilities, which include:
- Acres of modern-connected greenhouses with rolling tray floats and retractable roofs
- Hundreds of acres of irrigated fields for bareroot tree seedlings and seed harvesting
- Modern seed processing plant, warehouse storage, coolers, & in-house lab facilities
Request period: We recommend contacting us early on in your project planning. Given planting is seasonal, the best time to contact is in the fall so we can schedule new plants for spring production. We can work with requests up to 1-3 years in advance based on the size of your order. Ready timing is subject to each species growth patterns, nursery production schedules, sizes & quantities, and more. If you have specific timing requirements, please let us know so our growers so we can consider options and plan accordingly.
For a quick overview of the process, expand the steps in the list below:
Step 1. Consider your project goals
To help grow for your project needs, getting an understanding of what you're looking for is the first step. Since planning and growing processes take time, we recommend reaching out as early on as possible. We can work together to firm up the details based on your project goals.
To start, you can request different species for review. We grow a wide range of Ontario native trees, shrubs, and plants at our conservation nursery. You can explore species here as a reference and let us know if you need more guidance from a specialist.
Please note: Working with live plants, we're constantly updating seed and plant inventory and availability. Species lists are provided as a reference only. Sufficient lead-times and flexibility around planting different species suited to the ecosystems within the intended planting area will help increase biodiversity and availability for your project.
Quantities & Scale
An understanding of the scale of your project is important for our team to plan and price your request. If you are not sure, estimates will work to get started.
Sizes & Formats
We can offer a range of different sizes and/or formats. Options will vary based on your project goals, timelines, numbers, and logistics for the contract grow.
Seed Zones & Sourcing
Is there native seed sources on site or nearby that you'd like to use for your project? We can work together to consider options for seed collection by your team or ours through contract collection.
Consider your plan for planting along with timing by season. To support the installation process, you can also contact our team about our ecological restoration services.
Step 2. Process a deposit payment
Once the details for your contract grow request are ready and have been reviewed by the team, a first payment will be required as a deposit. This allows the nursery team to process your request, prepare materials, and grow & care for your order. The deposit amount generally corresponds to 25% of any order value.
Step 3. Stay tuned for updates
The nursery team may be in touch with any updates as the plants in your order develop and grow. Closer to the agreed ready timeframe, final numbers will be confirmed based on growing results. Delivery and/or pickup will also be arranged for a time within the ready season window.
Step 4. Finalize order & receive plants
Once your order is ready, the final amount can be confirmed for payment. The final payment will correspond to the remaining balance, which may be updated according to growing results. Delivery costs can also be added to your order around this time if needed.
Ready to plan your next project? CONTACT US TODAY TO GET STARTED.