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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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Local Food Workshop, Olds, Alberta

October 24-25, 2013. Put on by the Foothills Forage and Grazing Association, with keynote speakers Joel Salatin (polyfacefarms.com) and Doug Weatherbee (soildoctor.org) An interesting mix of people gathered to talk about to talk about farming on a small-scale. Topics ranged … 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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Mumm’s Sprouting Seed

The small town of Parkside, about an hour North of Saskatoon, a flourishing business has taken over the local curling rink. Mumm’s Sprouting Seed started by growing large fields of alfalfa for seed. Today, they have an incredible variety of … Continue reading

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Strathmore Alberta Farm tour 2013

Marc Gibeau of Heritage Harvest shows a field of Red Fife wheat. Marc grows and mills his own grain which he sells to local bakeries in Alberta, Saskatchewan and BC.¬† Marc is very mechanically minded and has created some interesting … 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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Carman, MB Field Day 2013

  The University of Manitoba Natural Systems Agriculture¬†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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Organic oats

Organic producers struggle to find suitable varieties for their growing conditions. Most field crop varieties released are bred and tested under conventional conditions. To fill this gap, Organic Alberta is conducting large field-scale testing of three different oat varieties (CDC … Continue reading

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