Harmonic Herbs is pleased to introduce Norseed, a regional microSeedery. Our mission is to offer home gardeners seed for the finest vegetables, herbs and exotic botanicals you can grow in short season climates like central Alberta. We produce and procure seed on a very small scale, selecting quality above quantity. Our full line up is available here online (see Product selection on left menu), with our most popular choices also found in select 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 important first step to 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. See below for the OSSI Pledge, and check out their website at: http://osseeds.org/
We participated in the Bauta Seed Initiative and Seeds of Diversity Canada's seed production trials in 2014, '15 and '16. They are doing good work to strengthen regional seed production capacity, and we are happy to share data and seeds to this worthy goal. All photos are of our plantings, mainly on the farm here in Barrhead County.
New for 2017 - we added fennel, kohlrabi, orach, hot pepper, delicata and spaghetti squash.
Cheers to great gardening!
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: 2017 Year in Review
We have uploaded a new photo gallery to celebrate the 2017 Year in Review at Harmonic Herbs.