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Denise O’Reilly
March 24, 2013

Denise O’Reilly is an avid gardener and grower originally from Alberta.

She currently resides on her Great-grandparents homestead quarter NW of Cherhill where she operates a small farm with free range meat products, dairy products and fresh garden produce in season, wild foraged mushrooms and commercial garlic. She operated her own small scale Heritage and Open-pollinated seed business and has currently over 250 different seeds to choose from. She enjoys nature hikes with her husband of 21 years, Jeff, and they have 3 children, 2 of which are still at the farm.

O’Reilly Farms Course Offerings


1. Home canning and preserving – the basics of Jams and jellies

2. Home canning and preserving – the basics of preserving fruits

3. Home canning and preserving – the basics of preserving vegetables

4. Home canning and preserving – the basics of pickling

5. Home canning and preserving – making and storing soups and sauces

6. Home canning and preserving – advanced techniques and specialty items

7. Home dehydrating – a basic introduction

8. Home dehydrating – meat, fish, eggs

9. Home dehydrating – fruit leathers, soups, ready made meals

10. Pioneer skills - Soaps made at home, the basic course

11. Pioneer skills - How to make your own candles

12. Pioneer skills - Gardening know how 101

13. Pioneer skills - Beginning growing indoors, sprouting and greenhouse techniques

14. Pioneer skills – working the land by hand

15. Pioneer skills – beekeeping without chemicals (special arrangement with Sanalta farms)

16. Pioneer skills – animal husbandry 101

17. Pioneer skills – harvesting by hand, threshing basics, stooking, etc..

18. Pioneer skills – saving your own seeds and growing your own foods

19. Seed sale and exchange – spring of 2009

20. Ancient knowledge – Gardening the Anastasia way

Other Powerpoint Presentations:

Alberta Mushroom hunting

Seed saving in short season climates

Gardening with heritage seeds

Edible landscapes

Herbs and their uses

Castles of Ireland's County Kildare

The race to preserve heritage seeds

Save the world in your own home

Healthy lifestyles On the Go

  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row