Are you interested in supporting local producers? One of the most direct ways to support local producers is to participate in a Community Supported Agriculture program or CSA. There are many diverse offerings across the province and in our own region. You can participate in CSAs that produce a wide range of produce, as well as meat and eggs. Some provide the opportunity to visit and help on the farm. CSAs make it possible to share the risk and reward of small scale local sustainable farming. Consider joining one (or more) today!
There are a number of wonderful CSA programs in Alberta. You can find them here: http://www.csaalberta.com/
Here are two great local CSAs and we will continue to add more!
Riverbend Gardens in North East Edmonton is well-known for their fresh local produce. Janelle and her family have farmed in the area for many generations. They have recently expanded their offerings to include a CSA program. www.riverbendgardens.ca
Sparrow’s Nest Organics is our region’s longest running CSA! Located near Opal, AB Graham Sparrow and Allison Landin have grown certified organic vegetables for over 10 years. www.sparroworganics.com