Stop Bill C-18

Here is the petition to stop bill C-18.  Please read information about it at the National farmer’s Union site at http://www.nfu.ca or through Seeds of Diversity Canada at http://www.seeds.ca

Right to Save Seeds Petition

C-18 — A Corporate Agri-business Promotion Act

Thanks for ensuring that your kids still have the right to grow their own food.

Denise

New for 2014 Not in Catalogue

Hi everyone;

Well, I inevitably leave out a few things in the catalogue listing every year, so here is a supplemental list.

Carrots:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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,

Thanks, Denise

 

 

Your Government is siding with Big Business

Your Government is siding with Big Business

http://www.nfu.ca/sites/www.nfu.ca/files/Fundamental%20Principles%20of%20a%20Farmers%20Seed%20Act_0.pdf

There is a new bill before the house of Commons that threatens seed savers and farmers across the land.  It is linked to big corps. that want to control your right to food.  Please review this website, and consider organizing a signed petition and sending to your MP.  We need a strong voice on this one to stop Monsanto and the likes from walking all over our food.

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

 

Seedy Events 2014

Hi!

Just to let everyone know we will be offering our seeds at Red Deer’s Seedy Saturday March 1st, 2014.  We don’t have all the details yet but if you google it, you should get details.  I believe if you look at the ReThink Red Deer site, it will come up.  I believe also it is at Red Deer College.

We will be in Edmonton and Calgary as well March 15 and 16.  Calgary is on the Saturday and Edmonton on the Sunday.  Details are:  Calgary: seedysaturdaycalgary.shawwebspace.ca/‎  

What:  Calgary Seedy Saturday

When:  Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 10 am to 3 pm

Where:  Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Centre, 1320 – 5 Avenue NW

How much:  $2 admission (we accept Calgary Dollars)

Edmonton:   EDMONTON Seedy Sunday
o DATE: March 16th, 2014
o TIME: 11:00am – 4:00pm
o LOCATION: Alberta Avenue Community Centre
9210 – 118th Ave. NW.

If you would like to preorder for any of the events you must do so by Feb. 15, 2014.  We will prepare your order for pickup and you will save shipping costs.  We also have potatoes at these events.

Thanks,  Denise and Yara

Address and new Catalogue

Hi there;

I have had enquiries as to how to get a hold of us and how to order.  I am working on the new offerings for the 2014 catalogue now.  There will not be any garlic until the fall.  I should have the catalogue out today or Monday if that fails.  I print these myself, so please, if you can download it and print off a copy for yourself.  My cost is about $3 each, so I prefer people have their own copy.  I hope you understand.

Address:  Box 127, Cherhill, Alberta  T0E 0J0  email: smileyo@xplornet.ca

If you want to order scroll down this page to the bottom, there is a link to the order form.  You can either print that off, and mail it to me with a cheque or money order to A’Bunadh seeds or Denise O’Reilly or you can email me your order and I will send you a paypal request. That is what is acceptable to this date.

Shipping is determined based on the packets and how many and weight.  Shipping for 3-4 small packets that fit in a regular envelope is $3.00 and it goes up from there.  If I cannot mail it in an envelope to stay flat, the rate jumps considerably, but I think it is better not to have the seed squished.  Shipping for larger packets is $12.95.  I do not charge or collect GST.

Hope that answers some questions.  If you have others, call me at 780-785-2622.

Merry Christmas and Happy 2014

crop xmasHello everyone who follows my web blog and thanks for all your support over the years.  I have been busy working out this year but will continue to do my best to supply new and specialized heritage varieties to the list of our offerings.

News for this year:  I will be teaching at the Master Organic Gardener’s course offered through the Stony Plain Multicultural center in Stony Plain Alberta in February and in September.  I am very excited about being asked and love to present to groups whenever I can.

I will be adding the new seed varieties when I can.  I have a few more kinds of tomatoes and many potatoes, so keep checking back over the next month for those.  I salvaged as much garlic as I could from the crop failures of 2012 and 13 and hope to offer it again in the fall or next year.  We see 2014 as a great garlic year.

I want to start a discussion on CSA’s and see if anyone is interested in that option.  I would look at the program as a viable option for our farm if there is enough interest.  A CSA is a Community Supported Agriculture program that runs like a share option for farm produce.  We have mulled it over for a few years.  We are interested in biodynamic farming as well and would love your feedback on your needs and interests.  Please comment below.

Again, thank you to everyone who has expressed interest and supported our seed business.  We look forward to a great year and wish you all the best.

Update to June

Hi there;

Thanks to all who received tomatoes and herbs.  They are now either all gone or planted.  I wish you all an abundant year.

I will be conducting a few mushroom hunts around Lac Ste. Anne County organized through the Darwell Public Library, June 18, 20, 25 and 27 from 7-9 p.m. in the evenings.  We will meet and hunt, learn and grow.  Anyone interested can contact them directly at 780-892-3746 or 3743 or email Sandra at adarlibrary@yrl.ab.ca

We are busy working on the garlic weeding patch and helping our daughter complete her off-grid home.  See dependenceday.wordpress.com for updates and pics.  Take care this summer and be sure to reap what you sow!

Denise