Seedy Events in 2022

Well it looks like phase one of the silliness is over. Hope the clear out continues, but in the meantime, we have some good news. Something to look forward to in the coming days.

We have a few Seedy Saturdays we will be attending and you can come in person to see us. Remember I have quite a few more items at the events in person than I am able to post on the catalogue even, because they are rare and in limited supply.

So if you love seeds, growing, gardening, or being food secure, be sure to pop by and see us.

We will be at an invitation only market in Edmonton March 13. This is a market for those who believe we should all be free to choose and value freedom above propaganda. I have to vet participants, so if you are interested please email me and we will have a conversation.

Calgary Seedy Saturday – They are planning an in-person event for Saturday, March 19 from 10am to 3pm. This will take place at the Winston-Heights Mountview Community Association building.

Edmonton is having a virtual event this year. Red Deer is hosting a seed swap and EcoFair as well, details are on the Seeds of Diversity website at http://www.seeds.ca

Stony Plain – The Stony Plain Organic Master Gardeners will host a sale in the Stony Plain PERC building on the Saturday of the April long weekend – April 16. Time open is 11 AM and runs to 4 PM. There will be speakers, and it is always a great event.

If someone wants potatoes this is the time to organize that so I can bring them along. Otherwise they are too heavy to lug around. So let me know.

First Seed Sale of 2022

We have been asked to attend a small CarBoot sale on Coconut Grove Farm this Saturday from 11AM to 4 PM. This is an in person event and outdoors so come prepared. Looks like the weather will be nice!

Yara will be there with the seeds and her new enterprise of special delicious cookies for restrictive diets so come support her Magic Bean Cuisine cookies!!

As I have a previous engagement I will not be there but she will pass out my cell number if anyone wants specific questions asked.

You can bring your order form or a list or just come browse our seeds and join in the fun at this event!

Address is

Directions:• 53215 RR 272 Parkland County (Off yellowhead onto Century Road Towards Parkland)• Peak out for a small sign (on RR 272) indicating Coconut Grove Urban Farms• Drive up the lane, past the house, and towards the yurt (Drive carefully as it is a maintained snow road)

Hope to have a great turnout and pass this onto your friends so their event is a massive success!!

Christmas tree Hunting 2021

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This year we are opening up our forest woodlot to a special family Christmas tree hunting season. We will take you and your family out into the lot of special spruce trees of just the right size for you and your family’s living room. These are trees that are growing in the pasture and will be removed eventually so we are thinning them out. You and your family and even the dog (if it gets along with other dogs), can come out for the day and have a fun sled ride out to the spot at the back where we have been growing these special trees just for a few special families. You get to pick and cut your own tree and we will load them up onto the wagon and after a bit of sledding on the fun slope at this pasture, we will head back and have a bit of old fashioned hot chocolate and biscuits.

Strap your tree to the rood of the car and away you go. All are welcome but we need advanced notice and are only able to accommodate so many families this season at a time, so please contact us if you are interested in being on the list. Cost is $110 per family for the adventure, the tree and the goodies.

Contact us at 78 zero, 78 five, two 622. Thank you to all who are seeking a new adventure in the outdoors!! Bring appropriate winter gear, ropes to tie the tree and straps for the car, leash for your dog, sleds or crazy carpets for the hill!! Hope to see you soon. We will run from now to Dec 24, 2021. Can book for 2022 season also!!

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2022 Catalogue

Hello! This is a new record for me to have the new catalogue done this early!! I know all the big seed companies do not have theirs done yet. I am going with what I have and what is new, and as you will see, peas and beans are rather sparse as that is how it is. If you are looking for greater volume of seed, you can always contact the larger houses.

I appreciate all of you and your continued interest in heirloom seeds and supporting our seed company. We endeavor to please. Thank you again, and good luck in 2022 with all your gardens!!

Squashes

We have a few fresh squashes to sell. These beauties will bake or freeze or keep for later use at room Temperature well into the winter. Ones pictured are all edible soup kinds. Crosses between Uncle Dave’s Dakota Dessert, and Australian Butter and Cinderella. Available now; call us at area code 780, seven 85- two six 22 for info and pick up.

Potato/JA Harvest

Yes, we had a drought and yes it was a poor year for many garden crops. We had none of most things we normally do, such as beets, peas and carrots. We did manage to get the harvest in and were pleasantly surprised by the potatoes – they did very well and I have too many currently in storage.

So, I am willing to part with some for those of you who wish to try some new varieties for fresh eating this winter. I have 20 and 50 lb. sizes for order now, deliver to West Edmonton or Stony Plain area in a couple of weeks. Price is $2 per pound for the 20 lb size, $1.50 per pound for the larger 50 lb size. Please send me an email and we will get that to you.

ALSO – Just harvested the Jerusalem Artichokes and will be selling those for eating or for replanting this fall for harvest next fall. I WILL NOT BE SELLING THESE IN THE SPRING!!. I would like to get them to those interested now. It is the perfect time to plant or just keep them in the fridge crisper in a plastic bag for munching all winter. They are so fresh and crunchy right now. They are good raw or baked in the over in a little oil and Italian Herb. I will sell 1 lb. bunches for $14. Email is smileyo at xplornet dot ca. Thanks. I write it that way so the bots cannot pick it up and send me spam.

Blessings to all of you gardeners. We are working on the catalogue which will be somewhat smaller this year, with current offerings only. Look for that in the next Month!

Here it comes again!

As we move into 2021’s summer and the graduation of humanity out of chaos, we are pleased to present a live event for you to enjoy. Born from the love of local food and community, the Rural Roots Farmer Showcase is on again, August 14 at George Pegg Botanic Garden, northwest of Edmonton. Bring the whole family as we have a variety of daytime events at our Producer Market and showcase from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Many local vendors and artisans will present their best in fresh produce, meats, breads, locally roasted coffee, cheese and condiments.

10:00AM TO 4:00PM | FREE ADMISSION!

Make sure to take in this very special family-friendly and food-focused day! Meet area ag producers representing their farms and showcasing their fresh products in an open-air market. 

This event provides a unique opportunity for food lovers to meet farmers and ranchers who share their passion for quality. Discover a unique variety of exceptional local meat products like chicken and rabbit. The market also features farm-fresh eggs, organic and naturally grown vegetables and fruits, flavourful preserves, locally crafted cheese, aromatic coffee beans, and many other delicacies to eat on site or take home. 

Check out our producer profiles to see who you will meet at our market.

4H clubs are an important part of many rural communities. You will also meet members of the Cherhill Multi-Club. From beef and lamb to quilting and foods, learn about their wide range or products.

Along with the market, activities for all ages are planned, including Garden tours, and children’s crafts. CBC Radio’s house chef Doreen Prei will be on site preparing the Rural Roots Farmer Showcase Posh Picnic for the evening. Catch her cooking demo at the end of the market and learn some tips for your food purchases. 

This market is in celebration of Alberta Open Farm Days- showcasing the agricultural bounty of our region. Enter the draw for a chance to win a Food Incubator Box filled with new products from farms around the province, including a Powdered Bone Broth from our vendor Stonepost Farms. Box retail value $104.00.

We know you know how to dress for the weather and this amazing day will take place rain or shine!  If you are passionate about food, this opportunity is not to be missed. 

See the Rural Roots Farmer Showcase Facebook page for interviews with our producer partners. 

See you there!!!

http://www.pegggarden.org/third-annual-rural-roots-farmer-showcase

Work Bee

Want to learn about mulching and strawberries? We are hosting a workshop to help restock the strawberry patch, plant some rhubarb and raspberries and other bedding plants starting on Saturday May 29 and 30th. We will gather and get to work and learn as we go. All levels of experience are welcome and if you come for 2 hours or the whole day that is great! We will learn about application of mulch, how it works, what kinds to use and what you can grow in it, and about weed control and identification and ways of dealing with them in the garden. We will learn about strawberry production and growing techniques.

I will have to know who is coming so email me your interest and availability to smileyo at Xplornet.ca

Helpers will receive some plants in return if desired!!

thanks everyone!!

Biodynamics Workshop

On May 2, 2021, we will host Shana Chandro and learn about and apply Biodynamic Preparations to the garden. We are thrilled that Shana will share her knowledge about Biodynamics with us and advance the web of interconnectedness on the farm! If you are curious or knowledgeable about Biodynamics and want to learn more, join us as we learn the history, background and how to’s of this technique and share a potluck lunch together. We will have lots of room for social distancing, if you are concerned about that, and be making preparations for further use.

Join us for a fun day. Reserve your spot as spacing is limited, by contacting me at smileyo@ xplornet dot ca and we would appreciate seeing you. Fee for this course is $30 per person and we will have a followup in the fall.

Have a great day everyone! Stay tuned as we will be doing a work bee also in the next few weeks and planting bee so if you are interested in learning about using straw mulch in your garden or are a beginner gardener and want to help us, we are always looking for that!

Have a great day everyone! Stay tuned as we will be doing a work bee also in the next few weeks and planting bee so if you are interested in learning about using straw mulch in your garden or are a beginner gardener and want to help us, we are always looking for that!