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CSAs in Calgary

Merry113 Apr 21, 2009 03:00 PM

Does anyone know of a CSA(Community Supported Agriculture) in Calgary? I keep reading about the great CSA services in other parts of Canada/US but can't seem to find any in Calgary. Thought if anyone would know it would be Chowhounders!

  1. sarah galvin Apr 21, 2009 04:52 PM

    Oxyoke Farms near Three Hills is one. However, their shares are sold out for this crop.

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    1. re: sarah galvin
      sarah galvin Apr 22, 2009 07:59 PM

      I paid $230 for a half share - which is enough for 2 people for the entire summer. June until October.

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      cancowboy Apr 21, 2009 07:41 PM

      Did you see this article already?

      It mentions
      "Thompson Small Farm, Alberta's newest CSA farm, is jointly owned by Andrea Thompson and Jonathan Wright, and is located an hour's drive northeast of Calgary.

      The couple is in their first year as CSA farmers, and are looking for subscribers; an annual outlay of $400 will provide each subscriber with 18 weeks worth of produce raised without chemicals or hydrocarbons and planted according to the biodynamic calendar."
      Thompson Small Farm, phone (403) 572-3032, e-mail wrightjd@telusplanet.net

      And the three part article written by the owners.

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      1. re: cancowboy
        Merry113 Apr 21, 2009 08:51 PM

        I did see the Calgary Herald article right after posting here. I tried the website but it bounced. I will try to call tomorrow. If I get through & get more info I will post it here.

        1. re: Merry113
          Merry113 Apr 22, 2009 12:40 PM

          I emailed Thompson Small Farm & it looks like they are full/almost full for this year. I am 5th on the waiting list. :(

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        aktivistin Apr 21, 2009 09:57 PM

        I hadn't known such a thing existed--thanks for the introduction, Merry. I just visited the Thompson Small Farm website at http://www.thompsonsmallfarm.ca/ and it looks like you can e-mail for more info about joining the community.

        Does anyone know of CSA's that grow mostly fruit? I'd love to have a familiar local source for jam ingredients.

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        1. re: aktivistin
          dollykat Apr 22, 2009 06:36 AM

          There is this post from a while ago:


          Nice litte map, but I am sure there are more places than what is on the map.

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          cancowboy Apr 22, 2009 01:40 PM

          You might try these guys and see if they are still in operation - the website is under-maintained but stil active.

          Also have a look at the "Member Bios" - maybe they have joined another CSA if this one has dissolved.
          Not sure how they would feel being contacted out of the blue but they allowed their phone numbers to be published on the site.

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            cancowboy May 1, 2009 10:14 AM

            There is an article in the current City Palate (May/June 2009). Just out in the last day or two - the website is not updated yet.
            It is about one family's experience with Thompson Small Farm last year.
            The author only found three CSAs in Alberta in 2008 - two in the north of the province.
            Mentions Oxyoke, www.tipicreek.ca and www.sparroworganics.com

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              shdiep Jul 23, 2009 02:20 PM

              Just wanted to ask how the CSA turned out.
              I'm looking to jump on board to one of these this upcoming September.

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              1. re: shdiep
                sarah galvin Jul 23, 2009 04:44 PM

                I actually left Calgary so didn't use my CSA. Donated it. You can contact Knox United Church, if you want info.

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