Harmonic Herbs is pleased to introduce our Norseed brand of seeds. What started as a hobby has turned into our main focus, and a microSeedery was born. Our mantra is: Seek the sweet spot where quality and quantity are in balance. We produce and procure seed on a very small scale, test extensively, and only offer the best vegetables and exotic botanicals that we grow for ourselves. And we select hard for regional adaptablity to short season (Zone 3) conditions such as we enjoy in Central Alberta. Our full line up is available here online (see Product selection on left menu), with a flat $5 shipping fee. Our most popular choices are also found in retail stores across Alberta during seed season (February to June - see Ordering page for locations).
Seed is a vital resource - it should be shared and celebrated, not patented and monopolized. All our seeds are open pollinated, grown without synthetics, non GMO, untreated, and seed saver friendly. We encourage seed saving - it's the foundation of food security. And it is a satisfying endeavour - just don't forget to wear your dust mask!
There is an exciting new development in the evolution of sharing seed: the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI). Inspired by Open Source Software, they aim to secure unrestricted public access to seeds, a human tradition that is now under threat from extreme capitalism. Really, should anyone be allowed to patent the trait of redness in lettuce - ?!? I mean, come on.... See below for the OSSI Pledge, and check out their website at: http://osseeds.org/
2017 was a good growing year on the farm - most notable for our expanded production of peas and beans, and the new roof on the barn really helped when it was time to dry them down in the fall. The tomatoes did not like the extra moisture we got, but the earliest ones were very fruitful before the blight hit. Gold Nugget, Moskvich and Norwesterlee stood out from the crowd - as did Roma, which was a bit later in August, but was most resilient in the field.
Record harvests took longer than expected to clean, so we’ve been playing catch up with seed packaging, but, finally, as of late February, we are pretty much caught up. We don’t know what Nature has in store for us this year, but we firmly believe that open pollinated regionally adapted seed will always yield the best results possible under any circumstances.
Cheers to great gardens in 2018!
Safe Seed Pledge
"Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants.
The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms poses great biological risks, as well as economic, political and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release.
More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately healthy people and communities."
OSSI Pledge: "You have the freedom to use these OSSI-Pledged seeds in any way you choose. In return, you pledge not to restrict others' use of these seeds or their derivatives by patents or other means, and to include this pledge with any transfer of these seeds or their derivatives."
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Latest Photo Gallery: 2017 Year in Review
We have uploaded a new photo gallery to celebrate the 2017 Year in Review at Harmonic Herbs.