Fall 2014

My apologies to all who have been trying to reach me through this blog.  I have inadvertently locked myself out of my site on my home computer, so until I get that fixed I have trouble reaching you all to update the page.  I can be reached directly at smileyo at xplornet dot ca if you are looking for a quicker response.  I am currently working on another abunadh site that will have online shopping capability but time is limited at this time of year.

I have garlic available this year in very limited quantities.  Bulbs are $4 each plus shipping.  Varieties available are as listed below:

Korean Purple – 6-10 medium sized, deep purple skinned cloves.  Good keepers, great hot flavor.

Hutterite Purple – 4-6 large cloves per head, purple skins. Med. hot flavor.  Good keeper.

Polish Jenn – 4-6 cloves of good sized, light pink skins, good holding ability over winter and medium hot spicy flavor.

Ukrainian Mavniv – 4-6 large cloves per head.  Heads are light pink/purple tinged, store well and of great med-hot flavor.

Ukrainian Hot – 6-12 medium sized cloves, tinged deep pink/purple with excellent hot garlic flavor. Keeps well over winter, but tends to sprout earlier than others.

BC Sicilian – 10-15 flattish medium sized cloves in a loose squat, large head.  White skins, good flavor, milder than others. Keeps ok.

The orders will be placed first come, first served with a limit of one head of each type for now.

I will also have many new potatoes and Jerusalem Artichokes if anyone is interested and will update in the next week.  I will also post the new site when it is ready, so keep posted and thanks for your patience.

Talk to you soon,

Denise

What is A’Bunadh about?

I get asked a lot 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

 

A’bunadh Seeds

A person is not given integrity. It results from the relentless pursuit of honesty at all times. -unknown source

A’bunadh means ‘the origin’ in Gaelic and seemed appropriate to name an enterprise endeavoring to remember where life comes from and celebrate it.  At A’bunadh (said a-boon-ar) seeds we aim to provide seeds fresh from the fruits of the vine or plant or flower, in a variety of plants to feed, nourish and provide enjoyment to you and your family.  According to the Canadian regulators, no one is allowed to use words like organic, natural or similar to describe seeds unless you have their certification.  I understand the organic industry quite well, having been raised on this farm when my parents underwent and maintained organic certification in the ’80’s.  There are parts of this process I agree with and parts that I disagree with.  Consumers, more than ever should be aware that certification in an arena which cannot provide adequate supervision or regulation does not protect the consumer as it should.  Hence, I do not certify.

I do guarantee the best quality, ripe seed from varieties of plants suited to short growing seasons in less than ideal soil conditions.  I choose seed only from healthy, vigorous plants, and though some variation always occurs in nature, I have found most seeds come true to parents, and if not, the variations are amazingly enhanced in some way that is quite wonderful.  So do enjoy our seeds.  We are very pleased to offer them.