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Vernon Seed Orchard Company (VSOC) is a joint venture company owned by Canadian Forest Products Ltd., Winton Global Lumber Ltd. and West Fraser Mills Ltd.
Our objective is to provide quality seed to all licensees in the Seed Planning Units (SPU) for the Northern and Central Interior. Seed is available for the three main harvest species: White Spruce, Lodgepole Pine and Douglas Fir.
Our thirteen orchards are located on a large parcel of land overlooking the City of Vernon at the northern end of the Okanagan Valley in B.C. This site has many benefits, most importantly the soil, climate and availability of the city spray irrigation program. These all have positive effects on the supply of seed for the interior Seed Planning Zones.
VSOC has a second site located in Quesnel B.C. This site is established as a Lodgepole Pine orchard. As the home region of the Lodgepole Pine selection, Quesnel has the desired climate for this particular species
All orchard trees are naturally selected through advanced generation testing. All production trees are from the Provincial Tree Improvement Program. Orchard stock targets improved growth, disease resistance and insect tolerance
As part of the registration process, germination results for each seedlot are assigned by the Ministry of Forests / Tree Seed Centre. Growers often have previous experience with certain seedlots which can aid in the success of each crop.
As a division of active forest companies, VSOC manages each orchard for their benefit and in turn for all within the SPU.
As you plan for each sowing season, please contact Dan for any questions regarding seed use and available seedlots. VSOC seedlot information should be combined with your nursery growers experience to ensure the success of each growing season!
Vernon Seed Orchard Company is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all our employees.
As a company we are committed to compliance with all levels of government and will use an audit system to measure, share and improve on our health, safety and environmental programs.