To provide fresh organic produce for members, and for those in need, and to teach and share gardening best practices with the community.
We accept members from anywhere in the city. There are no individual plots parcelled out to members, instead we, as a collaborative community farm, plant, tend, harvest and share our crops as one community and on a larger scale than most community gardens. We grow organic seeds (where possible), cultivate and save heirloom varieties, and do not use herbicides or pesticides, and we plant wildflower patches for pollinators. We donate half of our produce to local food charities for people in need. As a working group of APIRG, we operate with support from the University of Alberta Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences and the City of Edmonton. As such, we have a teaching and sharing component to our operations, and we enjoy bringing in student workgroups and organizational groups to participate and learn.
Providing a space for people to garden, raising permaculture awareness.
We amend our soil using natural techniques so that chemical sprays and weed control are banned on our property.
Providing nutrient-dense food to those who value knowing where their food comes from.
Growing on second-generation family land we are chemical-free and proud to be constantly improving our biodiversity and closed-loop wholistic growing system.
Cooperation, Commitment, Passion and Respect. Let's Build a Local Food System for Your Family, Together!
We commit to growing beautiful food for families who commit to a monthly Meat Box or Farm Fresh Egg delivery and garlic.
We are not a grocery store. We are, however, committed to growing what we can in our climate for you in a way that is honourable, sustainable and humane. We are a small team of humans who value real food raised the slow and natural way that remains SOYA AND CORN free. The only way we can keep our prices affordable and grow our product with integrity is to know there is a family waiting to receive what we grow and taking delivery once a month. We raise a small number of poultry and hogs to be able to make you the packages that you want and the sausages that people have come to love, made by artisans that take pride in quality. Let's talk and make a plan for your family!
We have four sizes of monthly Egg Program memberships (12-month commitment) and three sizes of custom Meat Boxes. Choose only the things your family loves to eat.
At Riverbend Gardens we start off our season when everyone else is still huddled up in sweaters and snow boots. We do crazy things like snow plow the fields to get a start on our crops, and we get bedding flowers… out of bed (!) and ready for you in the spring.
We keep growing and going to markets through to Thanksgiving, some all year long, but August marks that time of year when we hit the top of the mountain and enjoy the view!
About the CSA:
We partner with awesome local businesses who share our values and care about building Edmonton’s food economy.
These partners act as pick-up locations for your CSA bounty. Each Thursday you get to visit our friends closest to you and pick up the goods. The bonus here is you get an excuse to drop in on your local baker, butcher, deli, or cooking shop and fully complement your Riverbend Gardens veggies.
This model builds community. It grows incredible relationships and bolsters a network of food-loving people that want to improve how we think about food. This alleviates distribution pressures and allows us to stay in the fields, where farmers perform best.
We are the Doherty’s, we moved out to the Wildwood area in the spring of 2016, and established Stonepost Farms. Our vision for the farm was to have a farm that could support our family which is why Stonepost Farms carries such a diverse line of products. We share a passion for the outdoors, the ability to produce our own food in a natural and healthy fashion, and sustainability of the land. We hope to pass these values down to the next generation of farmers, which includes our kids.
Stonepost Farms’ mission is to farm ethically, to produce nutrient-dense food using ethical and regenerative farming practices that are both economically viable and sustainable for future generations.
As a small family farm and we pride ourselves in constantly striving to produce the best products possible while improving the land in the process. As small, producers, every dollar you spend has an impact. We want to provide you with quality products at a fair price that you can feel good about.
We focus on regenerative farming techniques, going beyond sustainability. Regenerative farming is a holistic approach to farming which allows us to better our land and the soils on which everything on the farm revolves around. Maintaining and increasing biodiversity across our farm is also critical, Our farm already has diverse populations of birds, bees and insects which benefit the farm as a whole and make a healthier landscape.
We continually seek new opportunities to learn and adopt new best management practices, techniques and technologies. This allows us to better operate our farm and return the land and environment to a more natural state.
Earth Friendly Farming of vegetables, berries, microgreens and garlic.
Healthy Soil~Healthy Food~Healthy Humans
We practice whole system, Permaculture approaches, agroecological methods and prioritize holistic, healthy work practices.
We use vacant lots and yards to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers for hyper-local consumption. Pay-what-you-want pricing for all of our produce enables community members to support each other in accessing nutritious, fresh food. We are a low-waste and low-carbon emission enterprise. We care about building community and skills around food, reducing food insecurity and creating a localized and sustainable food system.
Most of our food is not transported - we sell directly to the communities surrounding the garden and try to limit gas vehicle use and choose bikes instead for deliveries. We reuse grocery store packaging to eliminate plastic waste from our business and also use reusable bags or paper bags for our produce. We run a community compost station on-site for local residents to bring their food scraps and teach people how to compost and grow food. We don't use gas-powered equipment in the garden and don't use inorganic fertilizer or pesticides. We use a lot of reclaimed material and buy most equipment second hand. We always strive to encourage biodiversity in our garden.