We have a passion for good food - food that connects us to the cycle of the seasons, food that is the foundation of health, and food that adds the spice to life! Our mission is to find the best vegetables and herbs that we can grow for our family, and to produce that seed for ourselves and fellow gardeners. We are a family farm in central Alberta, small enough to do all the planting, harvesting, cleaning and packaging ourselves. Our seed is selected for performance under organic growing conditions in our short season, and many are "Heirloom" varieties. Our seed is available here online and in select retail stores across Alberta. All of our seed is open pollinated, non-GMO and untreated. We grow most of the seed we offer, with the remainder coming from like-minded farms.
We do not use any synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. We have been inspired by a number of sustainable systems of agriculture, in particular Permaculture, Bio Intensive, Deep Organic and Fukuoka's Natural Farming principles. We achieve on-farm fertility, water retention, weed control and soil building through composting, cover crops and green manures. We experiment with alfalfa, barley, beans, buckwheat, clover, fall rye, oats, peas and phacelia in our rotations. We brew compost tea fertilizers with comfrey, dandelion and nettle, establish shelterbelts and catch rainwater off our metal roof for our limited irrigation needs.
We think that seed should be shared and celebrated, not patented and monopolized. We believe in ecological crop improvement, adapting plants to our bioregion with each carefully selected generation. Our education in seed stewardship continues to evolve, as does our appreciation of seed as common vital resource. We encourage seed saving - it's important. Most of the annuals we offer will produce a mature seed crop, as will the biennials, which need to be overwintered and planted out early. All the photos on our website were taken by us.
We participated in the Bauta Seed Initiative and Seeds of Diversity Canada's Seed Production Trials in 2014 and 2015. They are doing good work to strengthen regional seed production capacity, and we were happy to share data and seeds towards this worthy goal. We are also pleased to note the release of our first on farm developed variety, an early tomato we call Norwesterlee.
Cheers to great gardens in 2016.
Kathleen and Gord
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."