It doesn’t happen every year, but this year we had some people leave their valuable merchandise on our table in both Calgary and Edmonton. If you think this might have been you, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you left behind and we will attempt to get it to you. Thanks,
We have sold out of some things at the shows. So if you are still wanting to order, email me first at email@example.com and we will communicate first to see what I still have. Only have a very few potatoes left. You are ok if you ordered before the shows, I still have your orders off to the side. I am excited to be trying a whack more potato kinds this year, some fingerlings and landrace kinds in particular. If you have kinds to share, let me know, we will do a trade if I do not have them already. I am looking for one we used to have that my Uncle Nick brought from the Ukraine. IT was very large and flattish with light purple skin and dry white flesh. It was his perogy potato and somehow it did not get planted one year. So if you know of one like that, let’s chat.
You can still order seeds up until about the end of April, so keep in touch,
Thanks to all who came by our tables at the Seedy Events this year and said hi and picked up some things or signed our petition. Most people do not know that Monsanto is trying to sneak that bill into the legislation in Canada. Your support and interest is great. You are right to be shocked that they are attempting to stop farmers from selling seed and saving and sharing across Canada. So again, thank you for supporting small farmers in Canada. In case you did not get a chance to sign it, you can go to http://www.nfu.ca and read all about it and join the fight there.
We had many people come by and ask important questions about who we are and where we are and we did our best to answer you all, with all the volume at our tables. Thanks to my wonderful daughters Yara and Meaghan for their help and support. I could not do what I do without them. Will post a photo when I get a chance.
And mostly thanks to all of you who help support seed saving and sharing in Alberta and across the world. It is encouraging when so many of you care to grow open-pollinated seeds.
Keep on growing,
Thanks for ensuring that your kids still have the right to grow their own food.
Well, I inevitably leave out a few things in the catalogue listing every year, so here is a supplemental list.
- Brilliance – a coreless variety that just happens to be high in beta-carotene content, making these very deep orange, as well as healthy! Nantes type.
- St. Valery - Old french heirloom praised for its superb quality, fine flavor and high yields. Large scarlet roots that can reach more than 25 cm long. Shape is straight and uniform. Diameter at the base: 5 to 7 cm. Thick flesh, fine grained. Rich, sweet flavor. For fresh use or conservation. Contains the highest percentage of the amino acid arginine. 70-80 days. From France, 19th century.
- Snow White - Pretty white roots with green shoulders. Compared to other whites…very mild and sweet. Nice raw or cooked. Very worth trying. 75-80 days.
- Kuroda - oriental variety. Giant tapered roots, about 7” long & 2 – 3” wide. Disease and heat resistant. Roots mature to 500g (1lb) or larger, without losing sweetness and flavor. Should be seeded thinly right from the start. Does exceptionally well in all soils. 70 days.
- Belgium White – Records indicate this one has been in existence since mid 1800’s. It has very long roots (often over 1 ft !) which push themselves out of the ground several inches and thus form green shoulders. Roots are not as sweet (great for diabetic diets) or as much flavor as the orange roots, but produce very well. Stores well. 85 days.
- Sweet mix is back. A good mix of long sweet types, all orange.
Lentils – Green – traditional use in Asian and Indian dishes, soups and stews. Great addition of fibre to the diet. Can also be sprouted. Grows well on the prairies. 75 days.
Alfalfa – Non-GMO is becoming more endangered. Grow one of these plants in a perennial place and harvest the abundance of seeds for sprouting or just to become a source for non-GM seed. All colors and a sweet fragrance in summer that hummingbirds and bees love. Makes a nice summer bouquet also. Great nitrogen fixer, but beware, it will be there for years.
Swiss Chard – Rainbow mix – all colors of chard. Limited quantities.
Kale – I have Russian Red, Green Curled and Dinosaur in limited quantities.
Jerusalem Artichoke tubers are available in the spring. Email for varieties.
If I come across more, I will let you all know,
I get asked alot just what we are about and who we are…. so here is my reply to one lady who asked if the seeds she ordered were sourced elsewhere and if I knew the growers…
96% of the seeds I have I have grown myself.
I am a 5th generation farmer and still on the land my Great-grandparents farmed. We use no synthetic fertilizers, all our own manure from our own cattle which are not given antibiotics unless they need it, are not given hormones, or other injections without dire need (vet purposes).
And the cattle are fed feed we grow ourselves including grain and other things. We do not use sprays or pesticides, no insecticides and we are at the end of a dead end road with a giant natural Alberta lake borders us to the North. Our nearest neighbors are on the other side of the lake and my mom owns all the other land around us. We farm
naturally and with the same practices of soil cultivation, crop rotation, summer fallowing and the like that my great-grandpa did in 1910. He was the Oat King of North America at the Chicago fair in 1959. He was proud of his farming abilities and instilled in my mother and grandmother the way to keep things clean and pure.
I am proud to provide quality seeds to people in a challenging growing environment and if I source any seeds it is ones I know cannot grow myself, and cannot be genetically modified out there. I check out my sources very carefully, and because even I am not always sure I can trust anyone but myself with this guarantee, I have decided after this year I will not be outsourcing anything. If I cannot grow it myself or form a partnership with others in the area that are sound growers like me, I will not be carrying that seed anymore.
I would like to also mention that I am thinking of making corn my specialty as it is being largely threatened by GMO’s. It is truly hard to find a corn that ripens in Alberta conditions, and I believe there is a great opportunity to reintroduce some short season sweet corns here. I will keep you abreast of my developments on the website.
Since I am not able to grow everything myself, I often rely on new seed sources from others that are seed savers. I am open to people who want to grow naturally and possibly be sources of some of my seeds and get paid for it. Things that are easy to grow which I would be looking for are lettuces, peas, beans, spinach and some kinds of tomatoes. If you are interested, please let me know,
Good growing, Denise