Harmonic Herbs is pleased to offer our Norseed brand of seeds. What started long ago as a hobby turned into our main focus, and a microSeedery was born. We produce and procure seed on a very small scale and share the best vegetables and exotic botanicals that we love to grow. And we select hard for regional adaptability 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, 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 a recent development in the evolution of seed sharing: the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI). Inspired by Open Source Software, the goal is 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/
2018 was a challenging year for us in terms of seed production, with the forest fire smoke in the air messing with the spectral frequencies of light needed for plant maturation, and some early snow in September. Hopefully not the new normal, but – on the upside – unexpected conditions do have a way of enhancing the selection process. 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 2019, and may your weeds be medicinal!
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."
NEWS & UPDATES
Latest Photo Gallery: 2018 Year in Review
We have uploaded a new photo gallery to celebrate the 2018 Year in Review at Harmonic Herbs.