Heritage Farm is an educational nursery in northwestern Canada for Small Farms and Urban Agriculture.
Four generations started out as a small commercial nursery selling the plants that were grown from our own heritage seeds on the small mixed farm.
It didn’t take long to realize that we spent more time answering questions like: “How do I grow my own food? Where do carrot seeds come from?” and “How can I raise heritage breed 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 walked away from the basics. And now with food security issues, the impact of centralized food distribution centres and environmental concerns, we feel it’s time to get back to the basics. We hosted the Down to Earth Workshops throughout western Canada in small communities and large urban centres. We met lots of people, just like you, who want to learn how 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 our own northern region. We want information that applies to northern Canada.
So before you know it, all 4 generations of farm girls were working together from the antique kitchen table of our 90 year old farmhouse, to put together a quarterly magazine for northern Canada. As aggregators, we collect stories, research current information as well as run our own farm applied research trials. To date we have completed research trials on over 100 Heritage Seed Varieties proven hardy to northern Canada.
The results are featured in Heritage Farm Magazine and our Down to Earth Classes ~ a combination of local information, resources and time tested advice from experienced producers. Tools and knowledge help new and experienced growers enjoy gardening or perhaps even scale up into production for the local food chain.
We prefer to work with heirloom, non~GMO seeds to help teach growers the importance of preserving our heritage.
Students were coming from further and further away to attend our classes, so publishing a quarterly magazine that focuses on each individual season would help us reach more learners. Focusing on Horticulture and History, we set out to learn from others, and pass that knowledge along to you. 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 building community 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
For those of you who are domestically challenged, like myself . . . we call on the expertise and Down to Earth advice of our local food regional chefs who offer farm to plate sessions and great recipes in our blog.
Beet Rolls in Fresh Cream with Dill by Norma Kabanuk
We are Always Learning as we grow. Our farm trials now include ancient and heritage wheat such as Emmer and Red Fife.
Emmer and Red Fife Wheat Trials
We also feature stories about livestock management and offer resources for the new young farmer.
Heritage Farm Spring Calves
Pollinators are a big part of small farms 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 is featured in the publications. We are here to help with articles, pictures, diagrams and good old fashion workshops.
How to Build A Raised Bed ~ Changing Your Microclimate
How To Grow Heirloom Tomatoes & Seed Saving Workshops
Scaling Up for Commercial Production of Local Food & Marketing Opportunities
Your support not only helps with the production and distribution of the local food, but it also allows us to take the Down to Earth workshops on the road to classrooms, community centres and garden clubs to help teach about the importance of the Food Chain and Pollinator Conservation.