Farm History

SeedPlan2Chin Ridge Farms is located in Southern Alberta, Canada, approximately 27 kilometres southeast of Taber.

Nick Barany bought the first section of farmland in 1935, after he had immigrated from Hungary to Canada in 1926, lured by the promise of cheap land in Western Canada. In 1940 Nick married Elizabeth Skiba and they raised two children, Lawrence and Eileen.

After graduating from high school, Lawrence received his Agriculture degree from the University of Alberta and began to work for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Agriculture Department, at the head office in Toronto. Although Lawrence enjoyed his work, he decided that the place to raise a family was on the farm, so he and his wife Wilma moved back to the Taber area in 1964 and have been farming here ever since.

Lawrence and 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 45 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 the purity standards of the Canadian Seed Act and also enabled Chin Ridge Seed Processors to begin processing special crops and bird seed.

Lawrence and Wilma have 3 children: Kelly, Tracy and Mitch, all of whom own farmland in the area.  Kelly and her husband Don are now responsible for the operations 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.

Chin Ridge Farms continues to grow the majority of the pedigreed seed produced and sold by Chin Ridge Seeds, thus providing hands on experience with the varieties of seed sold and allowing Chin Ridge to easily compare yields, 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.