Northern Canadian Heirloom & Open Pollinated Seeds
The heirloom and open pollinated seeds that we have available by mail-order are the hardiest varieties from over 25 years of northern applied research trials on our farm. A majority of these seed varieties have been handed down from generation to generation right here in the Canadian Prairies.
As an educational nursery in northwestern Canada, Heritage Farm works with Small Farm and Urban Agriculture enthusiasts who want to learn more about northern permaculture techniques and sustainable small farm or gardening practices.
Learning to garden in northern Canada a hundred years ago required the sharing of seeds and knowledge from one pioneer to another.
In a harsh environment, maintaining the family garden, farm livestock and crops was hard work. Survival depended on your success.
What started out as four generations with a small heritage seed and plant nursery has turned into an exciting farm-based educational project.
As a 5th generation of Prairie Farm girls, we were working together from the antique kitchen table of our heritage farmhouse, to put together resources and sessions for new growers in northwestern Canada.
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Coming from an Agriculture Research background, we began the Canadian Northern Heirloom & Open Pollinated Seed Trials which began over 25 years ago. To date, we have completed trials on over 175 Heritage Seeds proven hardy to northwestern Canada. Through partnerships with other like minded conservation groups, we help preserve a variety of heirloom seeds to share for generations to come. The seeds that we offer are always fresh, non-GMO and either grown on our own small farm or from our partnerships with other ethical seed growers and companies.
Our goal is to help all gardeners learn to grow their own food and save their own seeds. To help them be successful, we supply the most hardy northern gardening seeds from our trials.
During our Down to Earth Workshops we meet lots of people, just like you, who want to learn how to grow their own food. In the workshops we help students learn about extending the growing season, how to build raised beds and greenhouses or how to save seeds. Workshops are delivered by a Certified Permaculture Instructor. To learn more about how to order our Heirloom Seeds by mail and upcoming Workshops visit us at Heritage Farm
6th Generation Prairie Farmer Learning About Saving Our Seeds for the Next Generations
Safe Seed Pledge: "Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners, and consumers who want an alternative. We pledge that we do not knowingly buy, sell, or trade genetically-engineered seeds or plants. The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families, or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing are necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically-engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems, and ultimately healthy people and communities."