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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

Seed Saving Workshop

All you need is seed. And saving it is easily learned and done. Practice is the key. I am hosting a seed saving workshop on the farm at 56417 RR 51 in Lac Ste Anne County, Sunday Oct. 4, from 10 to 3. Cost is $35 and you must confirm with me by sending an etransfer to reserve your spot as space is limited, given covid. We will also do a potluck lunch outside. Bring a lawn chair, gloves, face covering and dress for the weather. If you have food allergies or sensitivities let me know.

We will have lots of time for hands on at this workshop with plenty of time for questions. We are pinned on google maps if you search for A’Bunadh Seeds. If you are having trouble or would like specifics call 780-785-2622. We will start promptly at 10 with a powerpoint introduction and go from there.

Also, given our extended season, there will probably still be strawberries at the upick and so if you are interested bring containers to pick into. We will have a special rate for all you helpers. Thanks, and look forward to seeing you all there.

Mushroom and Wild Foraging Foray – August 29

We have a somewhat dismal mushroom year, but will host a wild foraging and mushroom hunting foray August 29, 2020. 9 to 3. Bring a potluck item for lunch, rain or shine. Cost is $35 per person; call to register as space is limited 7807852622.

Here is a great site for what to bring: https://www.albertamushrooms.ca/2018/12/05/foray-guidelines-what-to-bring/

Directions to the farm are:

from Edmonton take Hwy 43 N to Whitecourt, off Hwy 16 West. Watch for RR 50, Turn Right. Go to second stop sign, (Twp 564) turn left. One mile to RR 51 turn right follow road to end. Address 56417 RR 51. Park by the farm store at the end of the road in the UPick Parking lot. We will meet there. Farm store is a steel shack at the end of the dead end road. We will start promptly at 9 AM. Journey from Edmonton takes 1 hr.

From Whitecourt or points West, take Secondary rd 764 North of Cherhill, 3 miles to Twp 564, turn East to RR 51, end of road as above.

See you all then.

Get Your Picnic Box Soon!

Hello everyone! As you may know we garden all summer for seed and this year for market garden as well. Last year we had begun a local foods event in conjunction with Alberta Open Farm Days focused on our own local producers and farmers. This year with Covid non-sense happening we had to alter a little of what we present to all you wonderful people who are our greatest supporters.

In an effort to help introduce you to all of our farmers and producers we have put together a picnic box, featuring some great items in a Charcuterie style picnic box, available for pickup in Edmonton at the old Provincial Museum, in Stony Plain at the Best Western Sunrise Inn and Suites, and at George Pegg Garden on Saturday August 15. Order yours today at the link below and watch for Adrianne Pann’s CBC focus on local events to learn more.

https://www.pegggarden.org/rural-roots-farmer-showcase-picnic-box

Strawberries and Vegetables in 2020

Hello all you housebound persons!

Want to get out? We are opening a strawberry and Vegetable U-Pick on the farm this year as part of our farm development strategy. We hope to start in mid to late July onwards for strawberries and vegetables. We will tentatively open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9-4 and see if we have too many or too few berries. Information is available at https://hillanddale.farm

Check it out and thank you to all the people who ordered seeds this year. Your support means a lot to us!

Selling out fast

Thank you to all who have purchased seeds from us so far. We are still receiving and filling orders like mad and are hoping that you all get a great garden in this year. Might be the year to start if you don’t have one!

In case you are wondering, please check out our list of sold out items. The catalogue is not updated to display these, as I am busy doing orders. So to add to the list:
Micro Tom tomatoes, Moneymaker, and Black Cherry are sold out but we have PLENTY of others that can fill their place. If you are a greenhouse grower or market gardener we will do a special deal for you if you need larger quantities. Just call or email me specifically.

We are also sold out on Magnolia Purple Snap, Edna’s Russian Climber, Risser Sugar, Sugar Snap (though we have Cascadia and Amish Snap which are great), Schweiser Rissen, Rheinische Zucker Erbse, Bolero and of course Olympia. We have lots of Laxton’s Progress, Homesteader, Mammoth Melting Pod, Top Pod and a few others.

We have sold out of most of the squash and pepper mixes, but lots of great kinds left to choose from.


We are sold out of mustard greens but have Snowball Cauliflower, which I forgot to put in the catalogue, as well as lots of the collard greens, gai lohn (great in stir fries), and sprouting broccoli. They also freeze well for winter smoothie use, without adding a lot of taste to the shake. Unless that is your goal.


I am surprised that you all are not ordering kale, swiss chard and the like, as the cruciferous vegetables are very high in nutrients, phytochemicals and sulpheric compounds which are known to be helpful in preventing lots of chronic diseases and lung infections. You may find them most enjoyable lightly steamed with just a drizzle of oil and lemon, salt and pepper. Very tasty and good for you.

Mustard greens

As always, stay safe and take care of each other, and let us never lose our humanity in the face of crisis. We are here to assist at 780-785-2622 or email smileyo at xplornet dot ca.

Cancelled

For the ‘greater good’, all seedy events have been cancelled for this year. But do not despair! We are still here and working hard to get everyone’s seed orders to them come hell or high water!

You can order online at our shopify page, now that I have it sort of set up, but not all products are listed there, as it is somewhat time consuming to list all of our 450+ varieties, so download the catalogue on the main page, print off the order form and call me if you have any questions about availability at 780-785-2622. email is still the best way to send your order, and we can do payments with etransfers. Smileyo at xplornet dot ca. I write it out this way to avoid spam web bots. We will persevere.

If you are ordering bulk potatoes, one or two orders of 1 kg size will ship separately from the seeds at a cost of $17.00. Any more than that might be more and you should contact me for information. Especially if you are not in Alberta. All seed orders over 5-7 packages of flat type of seeds will be shipped at the $14.95 costing, as more materials, time and shipping is applicable. Seed packets of 5-7 flat items are $3 shipping and handling. Contact us if you are unsure.

Live plants will be delivered for a charge or available for Pick up at our farm store in May/June. We have all the mints listed; apple, ginger, orange, peppermint, Mohito (spearmint) mint, and chocolate peppermint. We are seeding peppers, tomatoes and eggplants now with some bedding plants including dahlias. We may have extra flowers for bedding plants also, and potted strawberries. The mints are $5 each as will be the strawberries. Peppers, tomatoes and eggplants are $4 for a 4 inch pot, $6 for a 6″ potted plant.

We have had a lot of orders for Jerusalem Artichokes, so we may be sold out, depending on what the spring brings and what is down there overwintering. IT was very wet going into the fall, and so many might have succumbed to disease. We will wait and see and post the results and availability some time at the end of April.

If you are a greenhouse or market gardener requiring Organic seeds, we can provide you with a Non-GMO affidavit and statement of organic seeds as needed.

Wishing you all a great spring and continued prosperity,

Denise

Sold Out and Changes

So we have sold out of the following tomatoes:
Bulls Heart Oxheart, Black Oxheart, Lutescent
Peas: Bolero and Olympia, Edna’s Russian, Golden Sweet, Magnolia Purple,
Beans: Neckar Konigin pole, Herronbohnli pole, Limelight, Red Valentine, Blue Jay (though we have Oma’s)
Favas – Black fava, and Kabouli Black chickpea, Jubilee and Masterpiece
NOTE: Golden Beets and Touchstone Gold beets should be $3.50 and not $2.50
Carrots: No more Scarlet Nantes (though Nantes 1/2 longs are just as good or Bolero), out of Shorty Mix, Spectrum Blend, and Nash’s Rhumba
Corn – out of Golden Bantam for this year. Returning next. Whipples White, Strawberry Popcorn, and Field of Dreams
Cucumbers – out of Double Yield
Herbs – out of Spearmint but have plants for $5. Same for Rhodiola.
Lettuce – out of the following: Red Blend, Black Hawk, Cracoviensis, Grandpa Admires, Marvel of 4 Seasons, Rouge D’Hiver.
Peppers – Large Bell Mix, Doe Hill, Czeck Black
Squash – Jack O’Lantern Medley, Winter Mix, Squash Mix, Ambassador, Japanese Black
Chard – Orange and Bright Lights are sold out.
Tomatillo – Sold out of Aunt Molly’s
Tomatoes – as above and Ildi, Oxheart Giant, Black Icicle, Russian Heart.
Trees – One package left of Mandy’s Huckleberry

I am also sold out of Climbing Nastirtiums, but Golden Gleams is similar. And small Black Seeded Sunflower is gone.

As we mentioned we sell out fast, so if you come to the seed sales you will still find lots to look at but always best to email your order in for pick up if you are wanting something special guaranteed.

Also my friend in Lac La Biche has Red Norlands, Gold Rush (a russet kind and not related to Yukon Gold, sorry), and Warba’s. Other potatoes are not available until 2020 in the fall.

Any tomato, pepper, eggplant, or other bedding plant orders are due by March 15 to ensure availability of what you want and other than that I will have a year end greenhouse plant pop up sale at the end of May, beginning of June. Stay tuned for that or visit https://hillanddalefarm.wordpress.com

https://hillanddalefarm.wordpress.com

Seed Event Calendar 2020

As of today we are booked into the following seed sales

Calgary Seedy Saturday – Mar. 21, 2020 details https://www.facebook.com/events/1458408784325063/ or http://www.calgaryseedysaturday.com

Edmonton Seedy Sunday – Mar. 22, 2020 details https://www.facebook.com/Edmontonseedysunday/ or http://www.edmontonseedysunday.org

Stony Plain Seedy Saturday – Mar. 28, 2020 details https://www.facebook.com/events/1408170786019258/

Sherwood Park Seedy Sunday – Mar. 29, 2020 details
https://www.facebook.com/events/462936241056287/

As you know, these events are integral to the support of local seed movements in Canada. We and other growers look forward to this time of year to meet you all face to face and get your feedback on our products and services, not to mention just greet you all. However, as you can imagine, these events (hopefully, with your help) attract a lot of people and we do not have as much time as we would like to help each and every one of you. If you have specific questions about the varieties that we offer that are not clear in the catalogue please email me ahead as I can better give your questions the time and attention they need.

Our staff at events are friends and family that come out to help with the volume of sales we do during these events. They are not as involved with the day to day growing as I am and so that is also something you should be aware of. We are a small business, and everyone is busy. I encourage you to get ahold of us ahead of these shows with questions or orders, so we can bring them with us already organized. It will save you a lot of time and hassle. Potato orders are a must, as I have limited space in the car to bring spuds and keep them safe from freezing temperatures. They are also heavy and so I do not bring them if I don’t have to.

As always, Comfrey, horseradish, and asparagus roots, as well as Jerusalem Artichokes are available only after the ground thaws. I may or may not be able to have them in March at the shows. You are welcome to ask ahead, but expect to have them shipped if spring is slow. We also will have gladiolas bulbs this year in some great colors, see our catalogue for details (if we do not sell out before the shows).

We are offering on farm courses as always in the summer of 2020 if we are not super busy with the u-Pick, so stay tuned or visit the Hill and Dale farm site on wordpress for further details.