Heritage Farm is an educational nursery in northwestern Canada for Small Farm and Urban Agriculture enthusiasts who want to learn more about history, horticulture and sustainable rural living.
What started out as four generations with a small heritage seed and plant nursery has turned into an exciting farm-based educational project. In the workshops we were often asked: “How do I grow my own food in the north?”, “Where do carrot seeds come from?”, “How can I raise heritage chickens or build a raised bed?”
Not only were the children asking questions, but their parents as well. It was as if an entire generation had lost touch with the basics. And now with health, sustainability and environmental concerns, we feel it’s time to get back to the basics. During our Down to Earth Workshops throughout western Canada, we meet lots of people, just like you, who want to grow their own food and set up their own small mixed farms. It is often hard for new growers and small farmers to find information about growing in northern Canada.
So before you know it, all 4 generations of farm girls were working together from the antique kitchen table of our old farmhouse, to put together resources for northwestern Canada. We collect great pioneer stories, research current information as well as run our own applied research trials on the farm. To date we have completed trials on over 100 Heritage Seed Varieties proven hardy to northwestern Canada.
We pass along the tools and knowledge help new and experienced growers enjoy rural living or perhaps even scale up into production for the local food chain.
The workshops focus on Northern Permaculture Techniques.
We can show you how to turn this . . .
Small Garden Trial Plot at Heritage Farm Nursery
into this . . .
Our Farmhouse Test Garden
We didn’t think we were doing anything out of the ordinary. Just sharing our small farm experiences. But this project has evolved into something that is making an impact on local food production, sustainable small farming and communities while sharing knowledge and preserving our rural history.
The best part of the project ~ all of the stories, research and data pertains to Canadian climate, growing conditions and history!
Urban Raised Beds ~ submitted by Danielle Roscher
We call on the expertise and Down to Earth advice of our local food chefs as well as great community cooks, who share their amazing recipes.
Beet Rolls in Fresh Cream with Dill by Norma Kabanuk
We are Always Learning as we grow. The farm trials included ancient and heritage wheat such as Emmer and Red Fife.
Emmer and Red Fife Wheat Trials
Information about livestock management and regional resources for new young farmers.
Heritage Farm Spring Calves
Pollinators are a big part of our small farm and food production. Our background in raising bees and apiculture research has made us very passionate about the conservation of pollinators.
Honey Bee in Phacelia ~ Photo by Andony Melathopoulos
Everything we learn as we explore rural Canada, is featured in the workshops including articles, pictures, diagrams and advice from other small farmers.
How to Build A Raised Bed ~ Changing Your Microclimate
How To Grow Heirloom Tomatoes & Seed Saving
Scaling Up for Commercial Production of Local Food & Marketing Opportunities