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Potato Shipping Update Potato Shipping Update
Tuesday Apr 28 2015
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The first round of potatoes shipped this morning. We kept our lovely post office workers busy moving boxes and sticking postage stickers. Most of these orders are expected to arrive by Tuesday, May 5th. If you need a tracking number and haven't received one yet, just let us know. If you've...

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In Defense of Beans In Defense of Beans
Wednesday Mar 18 2015
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To borrow a phrase made popular by Michael Pollen’s book, “In Defense of Food”, I think it’s about time we started speaking up – in defense of (dry) beans! When it starts to feel like winter is stretching on, even though the winter squash in storage are starting to thin out,...

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My, how Seedy Saturdays have grown! My, how Seedy Saturdays have grown!
Thursday Feb 26 2015
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Once in a while I still get a sideways look when I talk about going to a Seedy Saturday. Then I stop and consider how these seedy events have only been around, in a formalized way, since the 90s. I don't mean to say that people weren't getting together and swapping...

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Celebrating Seed Heritage Celebrating Seed Heritage
Monday Feb 16 2015
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The third Monday in February is now officially a holiday in Nova Scotia: Heritage Day or Fête du patrimoine. Here at Hope Seeds, it seems fitting to take some time and reflect on what it means to be working with heritage seeds.
The words heritage and heirloom are often used interchangeably. Sometimes...

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Hope Seeds Open House **RESCHEDULED to FEB. 7th** Hope Seeds Open House **RESCHEDULED to FEB. 7th**
Sunday Jan 25 2015
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Date: ****Rescheduled to Saturday, February 7th, 2015 (due to inclement weather)
Time: 12 – 2 pm
Location: 324 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal (in the Dargie Plaza, across from Fort Anne, beside Remax)
What: Public Open House

Hope Seeds is inviting the public to help us celebrate growing! After 10 years on the farm, we...

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2015 Seed Selection 2015 Seed Selection
Wednesday Jan 14 2015
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Our 2015 selection is now available! Be sure to take a look at our new items for 2015, including a Hope Seed exclusive tomato, "Bernardo's Paste" (pictured here). We're also please to welcome back "Bushy" and "Tante Alice" cucumbers as well as GARLIC.

We begin shipping seeds February 2nd. Any orders placed...

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**WEBSTORE UNDER CONSTRUCTION** JAN.7th-9th **WEBSTORE UNDER CONSTRUCTION** JAN.7th-9th
Thursday Jan 08 2015
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It's snowing and you're probably itching to look at seeds. Please bear with us -- Updating our 2015 selection on the website continues today. . . Check back on January 10th for a full selection, January 17th for our online catalogue, or in your mail box near the end of the...

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Ordering Available for Selected Seeds Ordering Available for Selected Seeds
Thursday Dec 04 2014
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Looking for stocking stuffers? Needs some seeds right away? A partial selection of our 2015 catalogue is now available.These are only the seeds that are ready to go as soon as you order. So, if you order in December, we'll ship by the next business day (by regular post, unless you...

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Webstore Ordering Deactivated While Germination Tests Are Underway Webstore Ordering Deactivated While Germination Tests Are Underway
Sunday Oct 26 2014
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Hold on tight! Our new stock, pricing and ordering will be activitated soon(ish).
We're busy cleaning and testing seeds during October and November and getting ready for the new catalogue in the new year.

Here's a bit of a behind-the-scenes look:

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Germination Tests Begin October 6th Germination Tests Begin October 6th
Sunday Sep 28 2014
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Last chance to order 2014 seed stock! Most products on our webstore will be disabled from October 6th until the end of November while we dry, ferment, winnow, thresh, test and pack new seeds. Enjoy the fall harvest!

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Fall Planting and Winter Greens Fall Planting and Winter Greens
Thursday Sep 04 2014
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Growing plants in the cooler months is a little bit like using a slow cooker -- it might take longer, but at lower temperatures the flavour really seems to set in. Kale, for example, becomes even sweeter with a frost. The science behind it says that the plant will convert its...

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Thank goodness for earthworms!
Tuesday May 27 2014
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Working in the field today got me to thinking about all those little critters in the soil and all the hard work they do. This excerpt from Ruth Stout's 1955 book seemed awfully appropriate: "There is no competition, no criticism in a garden, and yet where, in so small and crowded...

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Jerusalem artichokes/Sunchokes/Girasol/Sunroot/Helianthus tuberosus Jerusalem artichokes/Sunchokes/Girasol/Sunroot/Helianthus tuberosus
Tuesday Apr 29 2014
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What do sugar maples, saskatoon berries, and sunchokes have in common? . . . They all originated in Canada!

The sunchoke or Jerusalem artichoke is a perennial relative of the sunflower -- and has nothing to do with the holy city of Jerusalem. The “Jerusalem" is likely a corruption of...

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Seed Potato Orders Seed Potato Orders
Saturday Apr 19 2014
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Seed potatoes are packed! Shipping will begin Tuesday, April 22nd (Earth Day!) so you can look forward to your order in the mail towards the end of the month/early May. We are pleased to have 10 different double-certified (organic and Canadian Food Inspection Agency certified) varieties to offer this year, grown...

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In celebration of Spring In celebration of Spring
Thursday Mar 20 2014
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by Ashlea

There's certainly something magical about sending seeds out into the world – packing them up into little boxes and puffy envelopes and thinking about colourful gardens and the harvest that follows.

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Seedy Events and More. . . Seedy Events and More. . .
Friday Feb 14 2014
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by Ashlea

February is when we begin to fill our calendars with all kinds of Seedy Saturdays and Sundays.

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January Update from the Seed Room January Update from the Seed Room
Thursday Jan 16 2014
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by Ashlea

Yes - you can now place your order online. Our catalogues are printed and on their way to you. We'll start shipping orders the first week of February.

A few more details. . .

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Happy Holidays! Happy Holidays!
Monday Dec 23 2013
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Wishing you and your family all the best for the holidays and the new year. ...

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Quality Testing for Quality Seeds! Quality Testing for Quality Seeds!
Wednesday Oct 30 2013
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by Tracey

Our online webstore ordering will be suspended while we test our seed stock to ensure we have the best quality seed available for the upcoming season! Please feel free to sign up for a copy of our paper catalogue which will be mailed out at the end of January!

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Hope Seeds at the Avondale Garlic Festival! Hope Seeds at the Avondale Garlic Festival!
Wednesday Sep 18 2013
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by Tracey

Join us at the Avondale Garlic Festival being held this Saturday September 21st at the Avon Sky Winery.

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Signs of Spring! Signs of Spring!
Tuesday Mar 12 2013
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by Andrea

Signs of Spring are here, and we're growing like weeds here at Hope Seeds! Our new greenhouse is framed and ready for plastic - now for seedlings...

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Catalogue coming with Rural Delivery! Catalogue coming with Rural Delivery!
Wednesday Oct 24 2012
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by Andrea

Green thumb got that itch already? A great magazine sends out our seedy catalogue again with their Jan/Feb issue.

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Harvest Time is Here! Harvest Time is Here!
Wednesday Oct 24 2012
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by Andrea

Hope Seeds is reaping the harvest of the 2012 growing season. We're learning from our growth, and making some improvements to bring our best to you in 2013!

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Hope Seeds takes The Safe Seed Pledge
Thursday May 20 2010
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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...

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