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! Even 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 daughters, 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
This season - and the world - looks a little different as you all know.
We will also open the farm for visitors, beginning in late July and continuing through October. We have spent many hours developing new experiences for our visitors to enjoy - what you can enjoy at the farm this year will be different!
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.