Our History

Chin Ridge Seeds Ltd and Chin Ridge Farms Ltd are family owned companies with a long history.

The two companies are built on a foundation of family farming that started when Nick Barany, a recent immigrant from Hungary, bought a section of land southeast of Taber in 1935. Nick and his wife Elizabeth raised two children on the farm, Lawrence and Eileen, and Lawrence ultimately joined the family farm operation in 1964. Lawrence, with an Agriculture degree from the University of Alberta, and his wife Wilma, continued to purchase land and grow the business, moving into pedigreed seed production in 1965. In fact, Lawrence has now been a registered member of the Canadian Seed Growers Association for over 50 years.

Chin Ridge Farms Ltd was incorporated in 1982 and in 1985 Lawrence and Wilma built a seed cleaning plant on the farm and established Chin Ridge Seed Processors Ltd. The seed cleaning operation made it possible for Chin Ridge to ensure the pedigreed seed grain sold by the farm was cleaned to high purity standards and also enabled Chin Ridge Seed Processors to begin processing special crops and later to start manufacturing bird seed products.

Lawrence and Wilma raised 3 children: Kelly, Tracy and Mitch, all of whom own farmland in the area. Kelly and her husband Don Hubble, now own and operate of Chin Ridge Seeds Ltd (the successor company to Chin Ridge Seed Processors) and continue to grow the pedigreed seed and birdseed lines of the business.

The majority of the pedigreed seed sold by Chin Ridge Seeds today has been produced on family owned crop land, so our staff has first hand experience with the varieties of seed sold including understanding yield differences, ease of combining, disease resistance and lodging problems. With this hands on approach, Chin Ridge is better-equipped to recommend varieties suitable to the area.

Chin Ridge is a family owned business that prides itself on excellent customer service and high quality products, whether that is pedigreed seed for farmers or bird seed and pet products for the general public.