Grow with YYC Growers! - Our Crowdfunding Campaign
We are a purpose-driven social enterprise that is dedicated to creating a more nourishing food system. But we can’t do it alone! You are part of the food system, and we invite you to join and be part of a solution.
How It Works
YYC Growers’ Harvest Box is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)-style program. We pay fair prices to member-farmers and other trusted local producers to bring you a diverse medley of high quality vegetables and other crops grown in and around Calgary and Southern Alberta. Our farms practice regenerative farming that heal the earth while producing clean, delicious, and nutrient-dense food (scroll down to learn more about our farmers). We offer home delivery within Calgary and Cochrane as well as local pickup at over a dozen community locations in and around the city.
Pickup or Delivery
Eating local should be convenient. That's why we have 20 neighbourhood pickup locations in the Calgary region. From breweries and bakeries to city parks and LRT stations, our volunteer-hosted pickup locations are designed to build community. We also offer home delivery within Calgary, Cochrane, and Okotoks for a $5 fee (passed directly to our drivers).
Follow the link below to sign up for a Vegetable Harvest Box or create an account for Farm Store access only. You’ll also be able to choose add-on subscriptions such as locally roasted coffee, farm-fresh eggs, grass-fed beef, and BC fruit. Once your account is made, you’ll receive a welcome email from us outlining everything else you need to know. If you have any questions or run into any issues during the signup process, shoot us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.
YYC Growers Vegetable Harvest Box
YYC Growers’ staple offering is our year-round weekly/bi-weekly Vegetable Harvest Box subscription. For as little as $28.15/box, you’ll receive the best value possible on the freshest local produce you can get your hands on. You will experience the best of the changing seasons, complete with all of the crops that Alberta grows best. The cost of each week’s box is balanced each week, so you can expect fair value no matter the season. We even send out a forecast each week of our projected box contents to help you plan your meals and extra shopping from our online Farm Store. It’s easy to pause your subscription, and pickup customers have access to a trade bin for making substitutions. Harvest Box Subscriptions are pre-paid via credit-card or e-transfer at a frequency of 4, 12, or 24 deliveries-at-a-time.
YYC Growers Farm Store
If a Harvest Box subscription just doesn’t fit you or your family's eating habits, we keep our online Farm Store stocked with everything that’s available fresh from our growers along with plenty of exclusive local goodies. Fresh items from the Farm Store are harvested to order and sent to your door or local pickup location. It’s like having access to a virtual farmers market—without the commitment of a subscription. Harvest Box subscribers are always free to purchase from the Farm Store each week to supplement their regular orders.
To create an account for Farm Store access only, select “Guest Access” during signup. You will be required to enter a credit card into the system which will only be charged for purchases made (despite the unclear wording of the checkout page).
ABOUT OUR FARMERS
Communities vote for their future with the dollars they spend. By purchasing through YYC Growers, you provide a reliable market for small-scale local farmers and producers who are working to reshape and reinvigorate our current system of industrialized agriculture. Because of your support, our farmers are able to add health and resilience to our soil, waterways, economies, and communities. You know who is growing your food and can count on it reaching your table. Farmers know who is eating their food and can count on a market for their work. That’s sustainability and resilience in action, and you make it happen! YYC Growers believes that soil health equals vegetable health and in turn, your health. Our farmers work hard to regenerate soil health and sequester carbon through a variety of methods: no till, cover crops, adding organic matter—and more.</p> <p>All farms have different methods to enact the best growing practices for their particular context. YYC Growers is partnered with a variety of member farms, each with their own context (urban vs. rural, soil vs. aquaponic/hydroponic). Some of our members are precluded from official Organic Certification because they are hydroponic, raise livestock, or because they are urban. Many of our members and other supplying farms carry organic certification (Our Family Farm, Eagle Creek, Lunds Organics, Mans Organics, Poplar Bluff—to name a few). YYC Growers puts transparency first, and we want our customers to know how their food is grown. All of our farms are GMO and glyphosate free. We meet and travel to our member farms and would encourage you to do the same. For specific questions you may have about our farms, feel free to contact our farms directly or email email@example.com.
WHAT OUR MEMBERS SAY
Since we are at home, we will be eating a lot more of your wonderful veggies! What is the best way to increase our share? Also, once we start feeling better, I am happy to help deliver to those in need. Keep up the good work!
Just got my first veggies from YYC Growers. They might be a little more money, but if you want quality and great taste, you pay for what you get. Definitely will continue to purchase from them. So glad I took a chance, very happy with everything I got
Thanks so much! Veggie pickups are a highlight of our toddler's week. He loves looking at each veggie and asking questions each week! It's been great to integrate them into his diet with this added interest.
Thank you very much! I can't say enough how incredible this service is, and everything that you are all doing for the community is absolutely amazing.
Thank you, Rod, for all that you and the team are doing to keep us fed and healthy, and to continue to support the vibrant community of growers!
Awesome fresh food. The taste certainly tells you the quality is top notch. We have been so very impressed and excited to support our local economy.
Absolutely recommend YYC Growers and distributors. We need to supporting the local farmers. Thank you for all that you do to serve the community and support the farmers.
Since starting the Harvest Box Program. I have discovered an even deeper love for cooking and have been able to keep myself challenged and excited during this troubling time with new ingredients I've never used before. Its been an incredible experience so far and I look forward to my produce every week. Plus it's an added bonus that I am supporting local, I love it.
This is a worthwhile investment in the community, in lovely people, in sustainability, in freshness, in health, in taste, in happiness. I highly recommend trying so that you can decide if you get the same sense of gratefulness for this service.
Look forward to my harvest box every week. Produce is wonderful and I enjoy the occasional addition of a local product I hadn't tried like mob honey or holy kraut. Love that I am getting local items that come direct from nearby growers and makers and you can taste the difference that makes. A much more sustainable choice. Everyone I've dealt with have been super friendly and helpful. Pick up couldn't be easier. Definitely recommend.
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