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Steph and Ben Campbell, owners of Grazed Right, have already pre-sold 15 per cent of next year’s meat sales as a result of higher-than-normal demand.

Demand soars as consumers find new appreciation for local food

Consumers are stocking up these days and increasingly looking towards local food producers

Demand for local food products has exploded in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. “We’ve seen a very big spike in interest and demand for our products,” said Steph Campbell, who owns and operates Grazed Right, a grass-fed beef company, with husband Ben near Calgary. “People are panic buying, and that’s spilling over into the […] Read more

When John Mills returned to the family farm, he knew diversification would be the key to creating a financially viable operation.

Farm family weathers Mother Nature’s worst through diversification

Bowden farm has branched out from grain, cattle, and seed potatoes 
into agri-tourism and community-supported agriculture

In a bad year, the Great White Combine does a good chunk of the harvesting in Hailstorm Alley — a little pocket of central Alberta that sees more than its fair share of hail. And there have been more bad years than good in John Mills’ farming career. “I’ve been back on the farm for […] Read more

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is hosting a one-day CSA workshop on Nov. 18.

Workshop offered on Community-Supported Agriculture

Registration deadline is Nov. 12

The local food movement has seen farms across the country offer CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) programs, in which customers pay up front and receive weekly shares of vegetables and other farm products during the growing season. Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s Explore Local initiative is hosting a one-day CSA workshop on Nov. 18 at the provincial […] Read more

Dick Pearson, shown with wife Sue, says running a CSA “is probably one of the most challenging things I’ve done in my farming career.”

It’s not your regular farming, but community-supported agriculture catching on

Most community-supported agriculture operations grow vegetables — lots and lots of them

One size does not fit all when it comes to community-supported agriculture in Alberta, according to a recent Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development study. “We talked to 25 different people, and we got 25 different answers on how you do a (community-supported agriculture program),” said project consultant Brenda Frick of Resilient Solutions Consulting. Community-supported agriculture, or […] Read more