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.


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!!!


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!

March 2021 Updates

We will be online with Christa Realba and the Ambitiousmamapodcast on March 17, 2021 at 11:30 AM MST and we will be doing some giveaways, so be sure to attend.


On Mar 21, 2021 instead of seeing you all in person, we will be presenting online a beginner gardening presentation for the Virtual Edmonton Seedy Sunday event, at 9AM MST. Link is at http://www.edmontonseedysunday.org/

We are still filling new orders and getting some help from Kara Watson in Calgary with our seed catalogue to hopefully have an easier to read and scan catalogue. Bear with us and will also pass on her contact information to anyone who is in need of a professional editor.

Right now, this week is a free health Summit online offered here. I encourage you to take it in.


Enjoy all of these events and remember to check out other online seedy Saturday and Sunday events at http://www.seeds.ca as there is probably one near you through your computer!!

Until we meet face to face!

Social Media Links

Do you know where to find our information on Facebook? We are @abunadhseeds

We recently posted the first of our seed saving tips and tricks there, including this one


We can be found also on Instagram, much as we disagree with their terms of service, @deniseaoreilly


We are also on Telegram, which is a great free speech platform, as Grow and Learn. So join there for all our videos and other health links.

Coming to a Screen near you!

I know, its not like we need more screen time. But I get so many gardeners ask me for advice and rather than repeating myself I have decided to create some free content for the website, in quick, bite sized bits of video to discuss the most common questions I get and new and experienced gardeners are likely to ask. I am hoping to organize them into categories, and possibly start a YouTube Channel or you can get them by downloading the Telegram App, and following the listing there under Grow and Learn.

These are the topics we hope to address: If you have others, please message us to have them added.

  1. New grower tips on starting out, what to know about starting plants, growing in pots, soil selection and amendments, seed types and best practices, setting up the garden for success, weed or food, when to water or not and with what, when to harvest, what to do with the harvest and long term storage or canning/freezing suggestions.
  2. Advanced gardener tips to success, pruning techniques for trees and tomatoes, hand pollination of varieties, fruit tree propagation techniques, seed saving of all varieties, permaculture, regenerative agriculture and other permanent bed techniques, advanced plant breeding, etc..
  3. All about soil, Soil health and its affect on your health long term.
  4. Fun flowers to grow
  5. Food crops vs. other crops
  6. Green manures and no till practices
  7. Small scale or large scale management
  8. Areas to create income or community from the garden/acreage/farm.

Of course, I am in full swing with seeds and plants most of the year, so bear with me as we get this together and online for you. Follow us @hillanddalefarm on wordpress or abunadhseeds on Facebook for postings of when we launch this project or add your name to follow us here!

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Great Workshops Coming Up!

The Master Gardeners Association of Alberta is a great resource for gardening information. They have the following great courses coming up:


No Til Gardening

Friday 05 February 2021, 06:30pm – 07:30pm
  If you love to garden but hate weeding and watering, join us as we explore no till gardening with Kim Ross.   Kim will share with the MGAA members in a 1-Hour presentation how she made the switch and in just two years of no till gardening has enjoyed higher yields with fewer plants, significantly less weeds and reduced watering on her 26,000 sq ft garden.   Kim is a fifth-generation farm girl with a 26,000 sq ft garden that feeds her family of six all year around as well as provides veggie baskets for customers throughout summer. She has her Bachelor of Science, Master of Photographic Arts, Master Gardener and is teaching several classes for the University of Saskatchewan. In addition, she is working on her Prairie Horticulture Certificate in both the Greenhouse Crop production and Vegetable and Fruit Production streams. Join Kim on her Facebook page @Rossdale Farms as she shares her love of gardening with others.   This talk is FREE for Active MGAA members and $10 for the Public.   Please register using EventBrite https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mgaa-notill-gardening-with-kim-ross-tickets-138052866841.  

Contact Susan at events-north@mgaab.org if you require assistance.

Medicinal Benefits of Herbs

Thursday 25 February 2021, 07:00pm – 08:00pm
Join Denise O’Reilly for her talk on the medicinal benefits of Herbs, wild and cultivated.     Denise O’Reilly has lived most of her life on her family’s farm in Cherhill Alberta. The farm has been in the family since 1910 where they believe in quality food, enhanced through regenerative agricultural practices and soil nurturing. Work with nature, not against it and always chemical free.   She is also teaching several courses for the Stony Plain OMG program.  

Denise achieved her Forestry Diploma with NAIT in 1986 and worked in the field for several years, as a forest Technician. She renamed the farm Hill and Dale Farm after what her great-grandparents had called it, and they now sell free range meat products, cheese and dairy produce (when available), wild foraged mushrooms and 20 kinds of garlic and related products to direct markets.    

She sells Local Alberta-Grown, Short Season Open-Pollinated and Heirloom Seeds locally and abroad, by mail order and through Seedy Sunday events, hosted by the Seeds of Diversity Group. https://abunadhseeds.com/  She started A’bunadh (pronounced a-boon-arh) Seeds in response to the lack of availability of locally produced seeds. She has been working on building up a seed saving co-op with those who also want to get into seed saving, as well as building her farm intensively to make the most of the space she has.  Also, on her farm, in season certified organic strawberry and vegetable Upick, farm store with fresh items and preserves. On farm workshops and courses, farm stays and internships available.  

Denise is actively involved in the Alberta Mycological Society where she has won numerous awards for her photography. Denise conducts local summer mushroom hunts and identification courses. She writes for newspapers and magazines and is current president of the Sangudo and District Horticultural Society.   Please register using EventBrite at


  Contact Susan at events-north@mgaab.org if you require assistance.

Online Gardening Workshop

Hello beloved gardeners! The Sangudo Horticulture Club will present their annual spring Garden Workshop online via a Zoom event this Saturday. The day promises to be exciting, with guest speaker Dr. Bob Bors, head of plant development at the University of Saskatchewan! You will not want to miss this one. Register by contacting the Sangudohortclub@gmail.com

See this poster for more details!! And see you all online!