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Workshop Event

Hi everyone;

It is that time of year again, and thankfully we do not have 3 feet of snow to hinder our efforts to host a seed saving hands-on workshop on the farm November 11 (after 11) until 4:30 and Saturday November 12 from 12 to 5.  I welcome you to participate as we will learn about seed saving and storage, with real life examples of all the things saved and dried this year and how to harvest them.  This course is part of the Organic Master Gardeners series I teach in Stony Plain every year and worth about $150.  So I am offering it free of charge as you will be helping me with the work and in return gaining valuable knowledge and life skills.  I would suggest you register with me anyway so I know who to expect.

Send an email to Denise – smileyo at xplornet dot ca

Make sure and spell that correctly and put seed workshop in the title.

If you only have part of the day to offer that is fine, I just need to know.  We will meet at the farm and divide into work stations and rotate around so everyone learns about the different aspects of seed harvest, cleaning, storage and so on.

Hope to see you here.  We will potluck a late lunch each day at about 1.  Bring your favorite snacks or whatever.   Thanks everyone!

Denise

Canadian Foods Site

Who doesn’t love food?  How would you like to know how to source more local foods in your area easily and contact the owners directly?

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Now you can through a new website called Canadiancoolfoods.com

https://canadiancoolfoods.com/

The owner reached out to me as she is building a listing of heirloom seed growers for Canada and her website already contains a listing of all the other food growers.  Check it out.  And if you know someone with a great local product, get them in touch with her also through the website.  Let’s network this so everyone is involved, growers and consumers alike.

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Preorder call for Bedding Plants

mammoth basilSpring has sprung in the greenhouse!

 

We are taking preorders for bedding plants including flowers, herbs, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and celery.  If your green thumb is not green enough, let us help you get a leg up on this years garden produce.  We will grow you what you need and have them ready for pickup and hardened off in time to go into the garden.  Plants are $4 each for all 4″ pots and $6 per 6 pack of flowers. Tomatoes will be in a 6″ pot and are $6 each.  Call ahead before Feb 15 to ensure we can grow them for you.  The varieties we will grow are beyond our current seed offering, so if you are looking for something specific, call 780-785-2622 to see if we have it or will grow it.

Also we are expanding the garden to offer produce at the local farmers markets.  We hope to be able to get into St. Albert and City Center.  We will keep you posted on our offerings and also check out anything else we sell on our hillanddalefarm.wordpress.com site.

We will be offering summer courses as well on gardening, composting, wilderness foods and foraging, growing grains and threshing, wild mushroom identification and tincture prep., starry night events, electronic detox. weekends, seed saving and harvesting vegetables among other things.  Keep posted for dates and times.  If you have a special interest, call ahead and email us to be put on the list.  It is a busy time of year and I get a lot of emails so if you don’t hear back within a week, please remind me.  Thanks everyone!

Seedy Events Calendar 2019

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Ok, everyone;

We have a preliminary list of where we will be with our seeds this year.  Hopefully you can find a location near you and remember if you want potatoes we will bring them specifically for you if you let us know via email ahead.  Only then will we bring them as they weigh a lot more than seeds!!  Also pre-ordering your seeds for us to bring saves everyone time and will ensure you get what you want ahead of us selling out.  Our email as always is smileyo at xplornet dot com.

We will not have any garlic or Jerusalem Artichokes or comfrey root at the shows as we had a bad year for garlic and need to plant all we have and everything else is still in the frozen ground until spring.  You can still order the JA’s and comfrey, just have to let us know and we will ship later.

Ok, so we will be here:  For more event dates see  seeds.ca/events

Fernie, BC – Saturday Feb. 23.  New location for us so let your friends in the Kootenays know.  Details:

Saturday February 23, 2019          10 to 3
Fernie Family Centre, 521 4th Avenue
Fernie, BC

Admission by donation

Mar. 2/19 – Regina Seedy Saturday

Saturday March 2, 2019
St. Paul’s Cathedral, 1861 McIntyre Street
Regina, SK

Mar. 9/19 – Enderby, BC,

Saturday March 9, 2019          10 to 4
Splatsin Centre
Enderby, BC

25th Annual Shuswap Seed Swap and Natural Living Fair

Mar. 10/19 – Kelowna, BC

Kelowna Seedy Sunday

Sunday March 10, 2019          10 am to 3 pm
Parkinson Recreation Centre
Kelowna, BC

Fee: Adults $2, Children under 12 Free
Parking: Free
All your favourite Vendors, Free Master Gardener Workshops and children’s activities.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SEEDY SATURDAY IN SHERWOOD PARK WILL BE ON MARCH 9 ALSO AT THE GLORY PARK CHURCH, 22577 YELLOWHEAD TRAIL, FROM 11 TO 4.  ATTEND AND SUPPORT THE CAUSE IF YOU ARE LOCAL. We were booked in BC before they announced the date and cannot attend.  😦

Calgary Seedy Saturday

Saturday March 16, 2019          10 to 3
Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association
Calgary, AB

Mark this on your calendar and don’t miss out on the most fun day of the year, for everything to do with gardening, healthy yards and seed saving! Please invite your friends!

This is our biggest event and we do sell out, so order early.

Edmonton Seedy Sunday

Sunday March 17, 2019          11 to 4
Central Lions Seniors’ Recreation Centre 11113 113 St
Edmonton, AB

We’ll be in the same large gym on the north side of the building, with extra rooms for talks, demos and eating. Meat Street Pies will again bring their food truck and this year we’ll have coffee, tea and baked goods for sale.

You can visit www.edmontonseedysunday.org for info. on who’s coming and speakers, etc..

Stony Plain Seedy Saturday

Saturday March 30, 2019          10 to 3
gym at the PERC building
Stony Plain, AB

As we think about how many more we can attend, we will post them here.  Hope to see you all there.

Mar. 23 – Red Deer hosts their EcoLiving Fair with seed vendors there.  We are unable to attend.

April 6 – Possibly at Clearwater, BC, still waiting for confirmation

April 7 – Cherryville BC, Seedy Sunday.  Cherryville Community Center, 9-4 p.m.

April 27/10 Edmonton Resiliency Festival

We will be in attendance with other products besides seeds, featuring delicious hot sauces, black garlic, culinary sauces, medicinal mushroom tinctures, and C60 Super Antioxidant oils.  My daughter will also be there with offerings of plants and vegetable shares for the upcoming season and Devon will showcase his exceptional homemade smoking pipes.  Check them out there!

May 11 – Westlock Seedy Saturday

From 10 AM -7 PM, see their Facebook page for details.

Denise

 

Orders for Christmas

If you have someone you love that is hard to buy for at Christmas and you know they like growing things,  we are willing to help out.  We will package up any seeds you need for your loved ones,  in custom gift packages if you wish.  Contact us ahead so we have time to account for shipment across the country.

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Workshops and Farm Stays

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Hello to all the avid gardeners out there.  We are gearing up for the show and events in early spring and the 2019 growing season.  We hope you are as excited as we are.  We will be out in full force and we hope you will think about your potato orders for the shows as we only bring potatoes for those who preorder.

We will be in Calgary, Stony Plain and Edmonton again and probably Sherwood Park if Brandie can find a suitable space.  She is still looking so if you know of a suitable location that has cheaper rent and ample parking, please let her know or me and I will pass it on to her.  IT was a good show last year, but apparently she cannot rent it again this year and we would love the gardeners to have a chance to experience a good seed event.

We are looking to the future on the farm and would like to open up the farm to families that want to have a farm stay.  We are hoping to garner interest from people who want to experience life as it used to be on the farm, want to see wildlife in their natural state, and want to learn about self-sufficiency, gardening and growing their own food.  We offer courses in canning and preserving, wild food foraging and mushrooming, candle and soap making, raising livestock, wild herb use and tinctures, as well as group healing sessions and yoga and meditation.

I am also offering opportunities for novice gardeners to learn about greenhouse gardening and putting in your first garden plot.  We also offer seed saving and growing workshops, cleaning and harvesting seeds and night sky weekends, and electronics detox. weekends.  We offer a clean, wild, open landscape, free from the noise and pollution of city life, filled with wildlife and lakeside views.  We offer cabin space for those unaccustomed to camping or spots to park an RV and stay to learn.

Feel free to contact us directly about our courses, and you should know our email, but here it is smileyo

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xplornet dot see eh

have a great day everyone!!

New Orders for 2018

Hi there;

I have been getting many excited emails about the new catalogue.  Unfortunately it is not quite ready yet.  But I have worked on a new order form that you can use for the old catalogue just fine.  Might want to check with me for availability though.  Here it is. I am working on the catalogue now and the new site, still.  So expect some great changes soon.

Thanks again.

Order form