Monday, February 27, 2017

Our Top Five Seed Companies 2017

Moms For Real Food Initiative Top five Seeds companies 2017

Moms For Real Food Initiative Top five Seeds companiesWith the influx of non-gmo, heritage seed saving and planting, we thought it might be helpful if we gave you our top five companies who supply Canada and the US.

It is very important to use heritage or heirloom and non-gmo seeds as many companies sell seeds treated with Neonicotinoids which are responsible for the massive bee collapse happening globally.

Even Cheerios is getting on board with their #BringBackTheBees campaign, encouraging people to plant honey bee friendly flowers in their gardens. They are partnering with Veseys in Canada by giving FREE SEEDS to anyone wishing to participate.

So of course Veseys gets top slot for us .....




1. VESEYS

Moms For Real Food Initiative Top five Seed Companies 2017


"It all began on a shoestring" is the way Arthur Vesey (the founder of Veseys Seeds) described the beginning days of Veseys Seeds. From a very young age, Mr. Vesey operated a market garden in the rural community of York, Prince Edward Island. During his market garden years, he was keenly interested in securing and testing seeds that were suitable for the cool, short growing seasons of Atlantic Canada.
Since 1939, Vesey's seed has been tested and packaged on the premises in York. Today, automated packaging has mostly replaced what had been done by hand. However, many small and delicate flower seeds are still packaged by hand using a combination of measuring devices not unlike the original spoons and scoops of Arthur's day."


 

2. HERITAGE HARVEST SEEDS


"Heritage Harvest Seed is a Canadian heirloom/heritage seed mail order company specializing in rare and endangered heirloom/heritage varieties of vegetables, flowers and herbs. With over 700 varieties to choose from, we'll surely have something to suit your taste. Over the past decade we have become Canada's #1 source for rare and endangered varieties of heirloom/heritage seed. Our heirloom/heritage tomato collection is among the best in North America!
Jessy Friesen and I, along with my mother Iris Stefanec, are working together to preserve heirloom varieties and offer their seed for sale to the public. This requires a lot of research and countless hours trying to track down rare seed sources, as well as delving into the histories of different varieties.
I am a member of Seeds of Diversity Canada and Seed Savers Exchange based in Decorah, Iowa. Both organizations are extremely worthwhile and I strongly recommend anyone with an interest in heirloom plants to join. I also have a Bachelor's Degree in Horticultural Technology and have been an avid gardener since I was a child."


3. HARMONIC HERBS


"We are a regional microSeedery, offering home gardeners seed for the finest vegetables, herbs and exotic botanicals you can grow in short season climates like central Alberta. We produce seed on a very small scale, focusing on quality before quantity. Our full line up is available here online (see Product selection on left menu), with our most popular choices also found in select retail stores across Alberta during seed season (February to June - see Ordering page for locations).
Seed is vital resource - it should be shared and celebrated, not patented and monopolized. All our seeds are open pollinated, non GMO. untreated, and seed saver friendly. We encourage seed saving - it's the important first step to food security. And it is a satisfying endeavour - just don't forget to wear your dust mask!"




4. WEST COAST SEEDS


"West Coast Seeds are very proud of our 2017 selection of untreated, non-gmo seeds for organic growing. We offer over 850 varieties of heirloom, open-pollinated, and hybrid vegetable seeds. Our vibrant selection of over 200 flower seeds is sure to delight both novice and master gardeners. They have been selected for use as edible flowers, to attract pollinators and beneficial insects, and for use in water-wise xeriscaping schemes. Also included are a host of fragrant culinary herb seeds to enhance and flavour meals year round. A full range of appetizer, soup, salad, and main course suggestions can be found in our West Coast Seeds Recipes page. These are accompanied by a host of Articles and Instructions, Growing Guides, and tools like our Regional Planting Charts and Plant Hardiness Zone Finder. Enjoy shopping our selection of West Coast Seeds Certified Organic and heirloom seeds."



5. WILD ROSE HERITAGE SEEDS


 "Wildrose Heritage Seed Company Limited offers only ‘heirloom’ vegetable seeds for one simple reason: These seeds represent our history from generation to generation and they represent our future food security as well. We encourage you to save the seed from our open-pollinated seed varieties that we offer.  With the proper growing techniques and the proper seed saving methods, you can reliably grow and enjoy the same plants for generations to come.  We strive to offer only the highest quality agricultural seed available that fits our ethical profile. Wildrose Heritage Seed Company Ltd. tests our seeds regularly for seed germination rates and purity to both determine the vigor of the seed and to determine the presence of weed seeds.  All of our seeds that we sell are tested by BioVision Seed Labs in St Albert, Alberta, to meet or exceed the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) standards and the Canadian standards established by the Commercial Seed Analysts Association of Canada for Seed quality.

Not one of our seeds is a ‘GMO’, genetically modified organism. They are all open pollinated varieties. They are nature’s first open pollinated seed types, ‘originals’. The original or ‘heirloom’ seeds were what nature designed for food sustainability.  It is within this application of growing and saving ‘heirloom’ seeds that we are able to help ensure sustainability of these remaining seed types for future generations. "


For more information on where to buy seeds, or if you have a question about planting a garden of your own, please contact us momsforrealfoodinitiative@gmail.com

Friday, January 6, 2017

My ShiftCon Experience

My ShiftCon Experience by Tracy Loeppky of Moms For REal Food Initiative
Leah Segedie; Creater ShiftCon, Tracy Loeppky

Let me tell you about my ShiftCon Social Media Conference experience. 

In a word? WOW.

So, what is ShiftCon?



“ShiftCon is an eco-wellness influencer conference focusing on food, wellness, health, sustainability and platform growth. Shifters are part of an online influencer community that seek healthier and more sustainable lives, promote brands that mirror their values, and help causes that speak to their soul. Our influencers span between newbies, light and deep green. Shift happens. Be part of it.” 
Via www.ShiftConMedia.com/about 
My ShiftCon Experience by Tracy Loeppky of Moms For REal Food Initiative
Some of the amazing team! And JP Sears.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Make Your Own Kombucha Recipe

Make your Own Kombucha - Moms For Real Food Initiative



WHAT IS IT??

“Kombucha is a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that are commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a "symbiotic colony" of bacteria and yeast”

It also helps reduce candida yeast and overgrowth of bacteria that is harmful to your organs and mental health. Many people attest to it clearing up physical pain of the guts and digestive, to clearing brain fog and lethargy associated with mental health and auto-immune disorders.

The term Kombucha and SCOBY were both coined in the 90's by an amazing guy named Len Porzio - you can check out his site here, to gain some more useful information!



HOW DOES IT FERMENT AND GROW??

It uses a mushroom-like, flat disk of culture called a SCOBY.

S.C.O.B.Y.
Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast


Make your Own Kombucha SCOBY - Moms For Real Food Initiative
S.C.O.B.Y.


WHY SHOULD I DRINK THIS STUFF??


One word: probiotic culture. You know that yogurt you eat? Ya, that's a probiotic culture too! But even better as it is dairy free.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Lazy Mom Guide to School Lunches

The Lazy Moms Guide to School Lunches Moms For Real Food Initiative


Well it's that time again..... Back to school. It's here! Tomorrow is pumpkin spice everything and our tiny little miracles are back to the grind of school. THANK GOD! I swear this summer has been the longest summer of my life.

However, school lunches can be a pain in the butt. Here's my trick to get the kids food together by spending about 30 min once a month and maybe 15 minutes once a week to keep you sane!