Local Food Resources

Add your local food resources below…

Maps

  • Alberta arm Fresh Producers Association (make sure to check out the free guide!)

www.albertafarmfresh.com

  • Green map of Edmonton

http://capmap.fanweb.ca/map

CSA’s, Farms and Ranches, Food Boxes

  • Sparrow’s Nest Organics CSA

http://www.sparroworganics.com/sparrows_nest_csa_garden.html

Purchase a share in the farm (near Opal, AB which is 45 min NE of Edmonton) at the beginning of the growing season (2008 and 2009 were $700), work a minimum of two full days on the farm, and each week of the harvest you will receive a share of the harvest.  Pick up the food from one of two locations (north of river or south of river).

  • Good Food Box CSA

http://www.eatlocalfirst.com/the-good-food-project.php

Edmonton-grown veggies delivered to your home for pretty cheap.  It’s a multi-farm CSA hoping to prevent urban sprawl by giving farmers in Northeast Edmonton the financial ability to keep their land rather than selling it to developers.

  • Too Busy Hands – CSA

Permaculture design and installation and community supported agriculture.

www.toobusyhands.com

  • Website on CSA’s in Alberta

www.csaalberta.com

  • Tipi Creek Farm CSA

http://www.tipicreek.ca/home.html (click on ’shared agriculture’)

A farm northwest of St. Alberta (near Villeneuve) growing veg and fruit.  Drop off location is in west Edmonton.  They also have a U-Pick strawberry operation :)

  • Organic Food Box

www.theorganicbox.ca

Based in Edmonton, Alberta, we provide weekly deliveries of local and non-local organic produce, brought in direct from local farmers and Canadian distributors depending on the season.

  • Locavoria

Distribution of local food well-grown or well-raised. E-mail: locavoria@gmail.com

  • Farm Fresh Organics

http://www.freshorganics.ca/index.html

“Home delivery service system delivering a variety of healthy and vibrant certified organic fruits and vegetables right to your door, the majority grown on local (B.C.) certified organic farms when in season. Free delivery to your doorstep can be scheduled weekly (for Edmonton, it’s every Thursday or Friday), or every second week.”

  • Sunshine Organic Farm

http://www.sunshineorganics.ca/ Based in Leduc, they deliver organic food from various farms (local?) to your door all year round.

  • Greens, Eggs & Ham CSA and listserv

http://liveoriginal.yolasite.com/community-supported-agriculture.php

Also in Leduc, they do free range turkey, chicken, duck, duck eggs and heritage vegetables.

  • TK Ranch

http://www.natural-beef.net/buy-direct.html

Organic, grass-fed meats from Hanna, AB that delivers every two weeks to Edmonton homes. $500 minimum for free home delivery or $25 delivery fee for an order less than $500 (they suggest getting a few friends/families to buy on the same order; they can bill separately but this will get you the free home delivery).

  • Blue Mountain CSA

http://members.shaw.ca/bluemtnbio-dynamics

A bio-dynamic farm in Carstairs, AB (near Calgary).

  • WeCan Food Basket

http://www.wecanfood.com/

An affordable grocery program.  No specific purchasing policy for local foods.

  • Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton (OFRE)

http://ofre.wordpress.com/

Do you have fruit trees in your yard that you don’t harvest?  Let OFRE volunteers come pick for you!  1/3 of the harvest goes to you, 1/3 goes to volunteers and 1/3 goes to the Food Bank.

Farmers’ Markets
  • Alberta Farmer’s Market Association

http://www.albertamarkets.com/

Lists farmer’s markets (8 in Edmonton!), u-pick farms and local restaurants that use local ingredients.  Great resource.

Education, Consultants

  • The Urban Farmer

http://www.theurbanfarmer.ca/

Edmonton’s Ron Berezan is an amazing wealth of knowledge, and you can absorb some of his insight through some workshops such as Edible Forest Gardens, Creating an Edible Yard, and Home Canning and Preserving. He also organizes a tour of Cuba’s Urban Agriculture every year.  See http://www.vueweekly.com/article.php?id=11830 for an article about it.

  • City Farm Edmonton

http://www.city-farm.org/

Cityfarm Edmonton creates opportunities for urbanized children, youth, and their communities to experience the land, food, and personal growth through: Environmental awareness; urban/rural farm experiences; recreation and adventure; Community development.

  • Parkland Conservation Farm Association

http://www.parklandconservationfarm.com/

Networks/Advocacy Groups

  • Slow Food Edmonton

http://www.slowfoodedmonton.ca/?p=45

Slow Food is the ideological counterpart of fast food culture.  This group has compiled a list of “good food” sources for Edmonton and area.  Membership required to attend events.

  • Just Food Edmonton (formerly Edmonton Food Security Network)

http://foodforalledmonton.org/

Concerned individuals and organizations working together to network food security agencies in the Capital Region.

  • Edmonton Permaculture Google group

http://groups.google.com/group/edmonton-permaculture?hl=en

  • Growing Food Security in Alberta Network (listserv)

http://www.foodsecurityalberta.ca

Foodsecurityalberta mailing list subscription sign up:

http://www.mailman.srv.ualberta.ca/mailman/listinfo/foodsecurityalberta

  • Greater Edmonton Alliance- Local Food Campaign

http://www.greateredmontonalliance.com/

Publication “The Way We Eat” summarizes the project to preserve the NE agricultural land in Edmonton.  Join mailing list to keep updated.

Community Kitchens

  • Food Not Bombs Edmonton

Community Kitchen every Sunday. Volunteer-run. E-mail: foodnotbombsedmonton@hotmail.com

General Supporting Local

  • Edmonton Shop Local Guide

http://www.shoplocalguide.ca/

  • Original Fare

http://www.originalfare.com/

  • Keep Edmonton Original

http://keepedmontonoriginal.com/

  • Explore Local
www.explorelocal.ca

Gardens/Gardeners

  • The Edmonton Community Garden Network

http://www.edmcommunitygardens.org/cgn_gardens.php

Don’t have a yard or balcony to grow your own food?  Join a community garden and grow food on public land!  Over 65 gardens in Edmonton.  “A community garden is a group of people who garden in individual plots and/or common areas. In Edmonton, most gardens are operated in partnership with a not-for-profit entity such as a municipal department, social service agency, church or co-operative housing complex. Community gardens are created for a variety of reasons. Primarily, community gardeners grow for food self-reliance, for physical activity, and for social interaction.”

  • Edmonton SPIN farming

“Small Plot INtensive” farming.  Volunteers come to your yard and plant a garden.  They grow food on your land.

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/Back%20land%20next/1783530/story.html

Sonya was vending the produce at Earth’s General Store in 2009: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=135019731101&ref=nf

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Julia Ewaschuk  |  April 7, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Free range, naturally-raised pork, chicken, turkey and lamb, near Smoky Lake, AB. Home delivery in Edmonton. No antibiotics, no hormones, lots of sunshine!

    Reply
  • 2. Debbie Veroba  |  March 5, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    We are a “chemical-free” U-Pick farm 20 minutes outside of west Edmonton, 5 minutes south of Spruce Grove Alberta. We have an amazing selection of fruit and vegetables “U-Pick” out of the ground or off the tree/vine….(your kids would love it!!!) we open for the season in June. Check out our website, we are a family-fun location, many animals and fun things to do!!!

    Reply
    • 3. sgowh@hotmail.com  |  May 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      Debbie, what’s the website address?
      Thanks.

      Reply
  • 4. kathie  |  August 23, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Apples for the picking…I have chemical free trees in my Southside backyard. The apples are for cooking and are great for all kinds of possibilities. Call 887-6131 for free apples to feed your family. Happy cooking.

    Reply

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