Category Archives: Plant Varieties

North Dakota seed growers named farmers of the year

From the MOSES (Mid-west Organic and Sustainable Education Service) conference, the largest organic conference in the US (1300 people this year). More on the conference here http://mosesorganic.org/conference/ This is a great talk about organic seed production, selecting varieties for Northern … Continue reading

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Red Fife: a niche wheat for small-scale organic growers

Organic Alberta hosted a conference in Strathmore on March 3, 2014. A panel of organic wheat growers (Bernie Ehnes and Marc Gibeau) from Southern Alberta described their experience with Red Fife. Of its redeeming qualities, Red Fife grows vigorously and … Continue reading

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Seed Production Trials

The Bauta Seed Initiative is looking for farmers to grow seed! This project is part of building the Seeds of Diversity collection to increase quantities of rare seed, and provide documentation on how the plants grow. Information on plant performance … Continue reading

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12 Grain Crops for the Small Farmer – Part 1: Hulless Grains

Say you donā€™t have specialized grain-growing equipment, but you want to grow some grains one a relatively small scale. What kinds of crops could you grow, and how? This is a three-part series on grains for small farmers. Many small … Continue reading

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Prairie Garden Seeds

Jim Ternier of Prairie Garden Seeds has been growing vegetable seeds in Saskatchewan for over 30 years and sells online and at Seedy Saturday events across the Prairies, including Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina and Yorkton. Jim is a long time … Continue reading

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Field Day 2013: Vonda, Saskatchewan

Following the Barrhead field day, Organic Alberta teamed-up with OCIA chapter 5 to host a field day at Marc Loiselle’s farm in Vonda. Marc grows heritage wheats and participates actively on his own research projects, as well as collaborating with … Continue reading

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Oat Field Day 2013: Barrhead, Alberta

Organic Alberta hosted a field day at two farms in Barrhead, just North West of Edmongon, in early August: Herb Mantey and Eldon Kebernik. Herb grows oats, and sometimes grows oats on alfalfa. Eldon grows barley, oats, beans, alfalfa and … Continue reading

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The Canadian Gene Bank

Wouldn’t it be cool if Canada had a facility that collected seeds from all across the country and around the world and preserved them in a central facility? Well we have just that. Located on the campus of the University … Continue reading

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Carman, MB Field Day 2013

  The University of Manitoba Natural Systems AgricultureĀ research laboratory/field site located in Carman Manitoba hosted a field day in late July. The tour, led by head researcher Dr. Martin Entz, packed a lot into a three hour “moonlight tour”, which … Continue reading

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Kamut(R), soil moisture and saving seed

This is southern Saskatchewan. Contrary to popular belief, Saskatchewan does get hilly! But driving to this farm, I felt like I had left civilization…it’s really remote. Here, Cody Straza looks at his field of Kamut(R). While he says they need … Continue reading

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