Gord, Kathleen and Max farm on 15 acres of land that was homesteaded by Gord's grandfather in 1906. Gord moved back to his boyhood home in 2001, ready to return to rural life. Fortunately there was fertile soil and an assortment of functional equipment waiting. Following his attraction to herbalism and aromatherapy, Gord has explored a diverse range of plants for potential cultivation. His special interest is adaptogens: plants that increase resistance to stress and promote energy and health. He has been breeding Rhodiola rosea for a number of years and is working to develop improved varieties. Gord also works as a botanical consultant and envisions a future where adaptogens contribute to greater vitality for people everywhere. He has a B.A. Philosophy degree from McGill University. He is currently President of the Alberta Natural Health Agricultural Network (ANHAN).
Kathleen is keen on extending our short season and is experimenting with cold frames and row covers. She is also wild about reviving the fading arts of food storage and preservation. Kathleen holds degrees in both Psychology and Religious Studies. Formerly, she has held positions as Acting Executive Director of Clean/Green Calgary, Director of the Community Natural Foods' cooking school and Founding Director of the Calgary Earth Run and Earth Expo. She has been gardening for over twenty years and has worked on two other organic farms; a potato and a tomato farm. She has taught whole foods cooking, organic gardening and seed saving classes to thousands of Calgarians.
Last year we donated seeds to Southwood Community Children's Garden, Puzzle Permaculture, Falconridge Elementary School, Strathcona Seed Swap and for 10 Calgary Housing Authority complex community gardens.
In an effort to reduce waste, we use recycled and recyclable packaging and labels for all of our products.
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 or sell 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 is 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."