Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm is
a working 35-acre family farm 25 km north of the City of Edmonton.
Our goal is to create a sustainable agri-tourism operation will provide local healthy food and good old fashioned fun for folks across the region – and a place to explore and enjoy with your family.
Our lands were first homesteaded by the Franklin & Florence Pierce in 1898. Located along the Athabasca Landing Trail, Florence writes in the “Leaves of Yesteryear”, Bon Accord’s local history book, that “There were many a night I could hardly walk to the kitchen, for the bedrolls and travelers sleeping on our hearth.”
In 1956, the farm was purchased by John and Sheena Chedzoy, and so began Prairie Gardens. John planted the beautiful trees located on site today, and operated a tree nursery and garden centre until his retirement.
Present owner and Director of Fun, Tam Andersen, is well known in the region as an Alberta Ambassador, a pioneer for agri-tourism, local food and value-added agriculture. The farm welcomes over 50,000 visitors each year – carrying on the tradition of the homesteader’s early hospitality.
I grew up a farmer’s daughter in Alberta! At an early age – I loved growing things. In my twenties, I studied horticulture in Olds, AB. In 1984, I began my life’s work at Prairie Gardens. Thirty five years later – our family now grows a 35 acre market garden, with U-pick strawberries, adventure farm with corn and sunflower maze, and onsite chef collaborations. We have been growing food year-round for seven Edmonton restaurants chefs – like Blair Lebsack of RGE RD for the past decade. My daughter’s Laurel and Kate help with everything – from starting seedlings from scratch, to field planting and harvest! We look forward to serving our community during these times. Welcome to our “farm-ily” this season. Join us for an online “From the Farm” cooking class with Get Cooking Edmonton to learn about the wonderful ways to work with very local food!
Our Offerings & Activities
Come for our festivals, a group outing, to U-Pick strawberries, or just to get lost in a cornfield maze for a few hours in Edmonton’s Countryside. We’re famous for our gorgeous hanging baskets, delicious U-Pick Alberta Strawberries in July, the Great Prairie Corn Maze and Haunted Pumpkin Festival every weekend in October!
We grow over 25 acres of pumpkins, corn and vegetables, and 3000 acres of wheat, canola, peas, and grasses and we are proud and honoured to continue with the support of our community.
We employ over 60 staff throughout the season. We pay each and every one of our 60 staff a decent, living wage. We have no volunteers. We are NOT supported by government subsidies or tax breaks unlike every other major attraction, event and festival in the region.
We charge a fair price for our produce and pumpkins, and we offer a Community Supported Agriculture program which delivers fresh produce from our garden each week through the summer for over 25 families each year. By making choices to eat locally-produced foods, and to shop at local market gardens, it strengthens our local economy and creates more vibrant communities.
Shopping locally pumps more money right into our local economy. Studies show that for every $100 that you spend locally, $48 stays in our community, as compared to just $13 when you shop at a big box or chain store.
We support and provide exposure for more than 10 local farmers by showcasing the food they grow, or by buying their produce and meats directly from them. It costs us more but we believe in our local food and our local economy.
We support 100’s of charities, fundraisers and other events throughout the year. We have donated over $10,000 to support the Youth Empowerment Support Society, and many, many local programs including the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre to support our community across our region.
We thank you for your patronage and support!
Owner, Farmer & Director of Fun
I really appreciated the effort that you and Blair went to to provide me with a tasty, beautiful, healthy and safe meal.
I especially enjoyed my foraged dessert of berries, flower and apple!
Thank you so much for sharing your farm, your bounty, and yourself.
Thank you so much for hosting the Edmonton & Area Land Trust at your Farm on Sept.8th.
I sat across from you at the dinner and really enjoyed learning more about you and the many activities of the farm and your advocacy for sharing the farm and keeping it free from encroaching development.