Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Safe Seed Pledge

 

Safe Seed Pledge

We support the Safe Seed Initiative, and have signed the 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 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."

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

SeedList2021

 January 12, 2021

As farmers, we grow and many varieties of vegetables. We test, we gather data, we collaborate and share our seeds with fellow gardeners in Ottawa. 

Our farmer license allows us to get access to wholesale seeds, and oftentimes, we have more than enough for our acreage. As a result, we gladly share our seeds with our community in Ottawa. We believe in the power of community, sharing, and growing food together. 

We also believe in collaborative work to practice regenerative farming practices. We believe in Landcare practices that enrich the soil for future generations. We look at a holistic approach to the mineral and water cycle on the farm. We re-use cardboard as weed suppression layers, we collect pumpkin and vegetable peels to feed earthworms, deers, wildlife, and eventually continue to enrich organic matter to feed our plants. We plant cover crops to keep the farm green and prevent soil erosion. We gather leaves and branches to create compost and use in our garden plots to conserve moisture. We have community farmers, learning from each other to promote food production, production technique, cooking knowledge, and saving seeds. 

By buying our seeds, you are helping us further our mission to regenerate an old homestead farm, to raise money for our non-profit endeavors such as growing food for our local food bank, women's shelter, and children's garden. We also promote employment opportunities for teens, students, women, GLBTQ community members. We offer workshops, farm walks, and mini-workshops (when allowed). 

Please support our local Seed Producers here in Ottawa: Gretas Organics, Bird and Bee Seed Company. They are our mentors and friends, and they supply us with unique heirloom seeds that we continue to grow. 


FAQ: What happens when you are not happy with your seed purchase?

 We will make it right, we can give you more seeds, we can give you a different variety to try, and we can invite you to our workshops. Our goal is to create a collaborative community to grow, cook, save seeds, and share. 

You have extra seedlings? You have way too many?

 No problem, come and see us and plant it in the Foodbank garden. Come harvest time, enjoy and harvest for your family and share the rest. 

The time to start a revolution is now - let us plant a seed!

All seed packets are 5$ each - taxes included. 

PICK UP:  pre-arranged curbside pick-up: 52 Antares Drive, Ottawa Ontario at Unit 3 (9am-4pm)

Contact us: sweetwilliamfarms@gmail.com

Request for Delivery by our friendly local Ottawa Delivery - Gopher It - Courier Services


List of seeds: 

  1. Sunflower - black oil seed, black mammoth
  2. Summer Squash - Deema Hybrid
  3. Radish - Daikon
  4. Beans - Provider
  5. Borage
  6. Spinach - Escalade
  7. Turnips
  8. Beets
  9. Swiss chard - bright lights
  10. Winter Squash - butternut
  11. Peas- Cascadia
  12. Beets
  13. Garlic - Duganski ( cloves ) 

Contact us: sweetwilliamfarms@gmail.com

















Duganski - Garlic

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