Sunflower Oil Seeds in the Ground

Kricklewood Farm Sunflower Field

It doesn’t look like much at the moment but if all goes well we’ll be gazing on a field of Sunflowers within a few months.    It’s been a long time getting to this point and we still have a long way to go before producing our own cold pressed Sunflower oil, but that is the plan.  It all started Thursday August 26, 2010 with an article in the Ottawa Citizen featuring a farm in Quebec producing the oil.  It seemed like a great idea to put our hay fields to better use and who doesn’t like to look at a field of Sunflowers?  We decided to meet Loic, the farmer in the article to learn about growing sunflowers and producing sunflower oil.   We also began to market his oil to some of the markets to see if there would be interest and the response has been amazing.    Two years later we have seeds in the ground thanks to our neighbour Brian who has done all of the field work.  Prior to planting there was plowing, disking, fertilizing, more disking, etc to get the soil just right.  After planting there was packing to improve the seed to soil contact.  Next there will be weeding, waiting and watching.  Brian told me when he first started farming he barely got a good night’s sleep until his crop was harvested and in the bin so I guess it will be that kind of summer for us.     More photos…

2 thoughts on “Sunflower Oil Seeds in the Ground

  1. sunflower oil

    Is sunflower oil a good type of oil for sensitive (dry) skin. Why do you think someone can be allergic to almond oil, shea butter, olive oil, basically every type of oil when applied topically on the skin – except the sunflower oil? Is this oil perhaps more gentle? Thanx.

  2. Dale Horeczy Post author

    Thanks for your comment, I know that Sunflower Oil is very good for the skin and it also contains Vitamin E. I have heard from mothers who use it on their babies skin because it is so gentle and good for sensitive skin due to its hypo-allergenic qualities.

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