Pioneer Organic Processors
Honoured at Organic Connections 2010
Jim and Maggie have been farming organically since the 1970s. Their farm is located near Shellbrook, Saskatchewan, and the warehouse is a few miles away in the village of Parkside.
Jim & Maggie started farming, by "going back to the land" in the mid 1970's. They had milk cows, chickens, pigs, sheep, honey bees, leafcutter bees, and a big garden. Almost everything they consumed was grown on their farm. One of the main field crops they grew on their small organic farm was alfalfa seed, which they started to sell for sprouting seed. Jim & Maggie have always been very experimental farmers, and soon they were trying unusual seed crops like broccoli raab, arugula, daikon radish, and fenugreek, and so they were able to diversify their sprouting seed line.
Their little sprouting seed business kept growing and growing and by the mid 1990's they had hired full-time staff to help. In 2000 they moved their sprouting seeds and office from the farm to an old curling rink in the nearby town of Parkside and 5 years ago added a warehouse expansion that more than doubled their capacity. They now have been selling high quality certified organic sprouting seed for almost 40 years, have 21 staff and sell enough seed in a year to grow over 3 million kilograms (26 million servings) of fresh organic sprouts!