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What We Are All About

Community shared agriculture is more than just a means to fresh produce. It is a cry from the people for better food. Food that is large and plump and the perfect colour is not necessarily good food. The cookie cutter produce that can be bought from the large grocery chains may look the part but they are usually seriously lacking in taste and freshness. Have we forgotten what garden fresh peas are supposed to taste like?

Part of the underlying problem for the whole scenario is that grocery stores have a monopoly on consumers. A CSA offers an alternative. A CSA is not for everyone. It is an investment in not only the garden for that season but also in the shareholder for life. It is a pledge to eat healthier by cooking at home instead of grabbing fast-food. It is an adventure because you may be exposed to food you have never seen before let alone cooked or eaten. It is a commitment to the grower that you'll be there when your box is to be dropped off. It is a chance to defy the norm and dare to think outside the big-box.

We challenge you to be a part of our quest for not just better food but great food!

 

About Tom and Tracy Stephenson

Tom and Tracy were born and raised in two different Manitoba farming communities. Tom is originally from the Arizona district. His parents own Blue Lake Stock Farms just down the road. Tracy came from the Ashern area of the Interlake region. She grew up on a hobby-farm of sorts just off Highway 6.

They met while they both lived in Brandon and have been inseparable ever since. After they were married in the fall of 2007 they moved to the Arizona district south of Sidney. Tom and Tracy have always wanted to farm and 2009 is their chance to get their feet wet (well dirty at least)! They both have experience in growing gardens for family use but this will be their first attempt at mass production.

Five years down the road, they're still going hard, having purchased a small herd of Hereford-Shorthorn-Black Angus cross cattle in the spring of 2011, and have expanded by opening up two more garden plots (for a total of 4 acres of vegetable gardens) and starting a berry patch. Their son, Robert, is now 3 years old, and already learning what weeds are, and although he's enthusiastic about helping out, he will still need steady watching and teaching to become a full-fledged gardener. The newest addition to the family, their daughter Estelle, is growing fast and will be getting into trouble with her brother in no time.

   

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