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Seed blend named after BC’s provincial health officer, revenue donated to food bank


November 19, 2020
By Greenhouse Canada

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Dr. Henry's catchphrase, "Be Calm, Be Kind, Be Safe," is the inspiration behind the Dr. Bonnie Henry Pollinator Blend. The blend includes snow-white, yellow, orange, and pink-bloom Cosmos flowers, reflective of Dr. Henry's personal fashion sense. (CNW Group/West Coast Seeds)

West Coast Seeds announced that the company will be honouring BC’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, with a new pollinator blend in her name. 100 per cent of proceeds from Dr. Bonnie Henry Pollinator Blend sales will be donated to Food Banks Canada.

“We are concerned about the health and safety of our fellow citizens, and unfortunately, many more Canadians need support to provide food for their families this year,” said Aaron Saks, director of finance, West Coast Seeds. “West Coast Seeds has been a Canadian-owned company since our inception in 1983, and we are deeply committed to supporting families across Canada. We hope that the Dr. Bonnie Henry Pollinator Blend will honour hardworking healthcare providers and officials across the country while supporting Canadian families through these challenging times.”

Dr. Henry’s catchphrase, “Be Calm, Be Kind, Be Safe,” is the inspiration behind the Dr. Bonnie Henry Pollinator Blend. The blend includes snow-white, yellow, orange, and pink-bloom Cosmos flowers, reflective of Dr. Henry’s personal fashion sense. It’s also designed to be beneficial for bees, helping to foster natural pollination and mitigate the decline in bees.

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“During this time of crisis, many families face significant challenges and more than ever have had to rely on our food banks. Supporting the food bank is one important way for us to support families during this time of need,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s Provincial Health Officer.

West Coast Seeds is a supporter of organic, sustainable gardening practices, and promotes education and community outreach. Through their Community Roots Seed Donation Programs, the organization provides untreated seeds and resources at a community level, in school gardens, classrooms, community groups, and abroad, in developing nations.

“Planting seeds and watching them grow is a joy for gardeners,”explained Saks. “Many people look forward to spring gardening to relax and promote positive personal well-being in these stressful times. We want to support that positivity in any way we can, which is why we created this blend in Dr. Bonnie Henry’s name.”

The blend is available through West Coast Seeds, however, the site has run out and are now accepting pre-orders for shipping December 1, 2020.

Source: West Coast Seeds