Stamp Seeds was established in 1978 by Richard and Marian Stamp of Enchant, Alberta, Canada. Stamp Seeds is located in the heart of irrigation country in the hamlet of Enchant. It is home to approximately 200 people and 500 in the surrounding area. The Hamlet of Enchant is part of the Municipal District (MD) of Taber, which is 45 minutes south east of our farm.
Our irrigation farm consists of sandy loam soil and has water rights from the Bow River Irrigation District which draws water from the Little Bow River. This water comes from rain, snowpack and glacial melt in the Rocky Mountains of the Banff National Park area. Our land is irrigated by pivot irrigation systems, for the optimum use of our water supply and maximum crop production. Our farming experience includes greenhouse production with nuclear seed potatoes as well as the field production of elite seed potatoes. We have also grown dry beans, sugar beets, lentils and conducted research crop trials for speciality items such as spinach and radish seeds. For several years our farm has processed pedigreed flax straw for soil reclamation use in pipeline construction.
We retail and wholesale seed, contract grow and multiply seed stock, and produce wheat, barley, spelt, faba beans, peas, lentils, flax, hybrid rye, grass, and hybrid seed canola. We farm 5500 acres cropped land, 75% of it irrigation. We participate in the Canadian Foodgrains Bank harvests and our farm team is also involved in many volunteer groups, associations and boards.
Since 2005 we have been involved with a wildlife habitat restoration and creation project which involves planting thousands of trees around the fields and enhancing wetland and grassland areas between fields.
New in 2018 we grew Quinoa for the first time on irrigation: