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