Tam’s top three CSA seeds

Summer dreaming Every February, rebelling against the snow, I order way too many garden seeds. There are always a bunch of new seeds I’ve never tried before – like this year’s red bloody butcher corn – and some that I plant every year without luck – fifth year’s a charm for blue breadseed poppies, am I right? And then there … Read More

Wedding Testimonial: Nathan & Courtney

Wedding Party: Nathan & Courtney ………… (Married on September 121h, 2015) Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm is the perfect venue if you’re looking for a rustic, country wedding setting! From the planning and coordination of details provided by Kelly (including the recommendation of an amazing photographer), her team’s artistic decorating abilities, Kathy’s beautiful floral creations, the awesome cooks and catering … Read More

Mom’s guide to Halloween at the farm

Last week, I got to tour around the farm with the family-travel experts from Travel with Bender – this happy family has travelled to over 60 countries and writes the #1 family travel blog on the web. We made pizza in the farm’s outdoor cobb oven, stuffed scarecrows, met the goats, took an especially bumpy train ride, got a balloon sword … Read More

Pumpkins Pumpkins Pumpkins!

At Prairie Gardens, we are crazy about pumpkins! And fall is the time of year to celebrate this magnificent orange berry (yes – pumpkins are technically berries!) with yummy recipes and fun facts!

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

Fall has arrived and with it, the pumpkin season. There are always plenty of pumpkins to carve up around Halloween time and a great way to make use of the seeds is eat them, salted and toasted. Our preference is with the shells on – if they are toasted properly they are wonderfully crunchy and easy to eat. It helps … Read More

An Open Letter to my Whys

By Owner and Farmer, Tam Andersen The wrens chirped happily, perched amongst the branches of the Mayday tree next to our kitchen window as I mused over my cup of coffee today. The wrens were picking Mayday berries for breakfast. Their Why. I was asked the question the other day. Why? Why do I farm? It’s been 29 years since … Read More

The gardens are humming!

Farmer Tam’s Field Report The wind picks up this afternoon, bringing life-giving rain! I dug my raincoat out of the closet, and strolled through the garden this morning humming…. Hallelujah, hallelujah …. as, I’m sure all arugula, the beans in the garden, the trees, and even the bees are humming today. Yes, even the bees were thirsty! There were about … Read More

Farmer Tam’s Field Report for June

How’s the Farm Doing? My brother Bill stopped out a couple of weekends ago for my Mum’s 81st birthday party. It had been a while since I had seen him. He’s my favorite brother. Actually, he’s my only brother. He is gentle and thoughtful… a truly generous man who approaches his work as art. He’s the genius builder behind the … Read More

Farmer Tam’s May Field Report

Spring is here! With the last round of snow melted away, the warmth of the sun is working wonders. The volunteer self-seeded spinach is ready to pick! The fall seeded lettuce is up. The winter onions are bursting to life. As are the weeds. There’s lots of moisture in the earth, and warm weather ahead, with a sunny week forecast. … Read More

Tam Andersen – Global Woman of Vision

There’s nothing else quite like it in Alberta: a farm using direct marketing, education and tourism to be sustainable beyond the growing season. The owner of Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm is an entrepreneur who calls herself “director of fun.” Lesley MacDonald has the story of this month’s Woman of Vision.