The Jasper Local Food Society was created in April of 2010. Our group shares a common interest in growing food in Jasper, improving access to locally grown foods, and growing community through local food initiatives.
Based on concerns about where food is coming from, what happens to our food before it gets to our plates, and the environmental impacts of industrial food production, more and more people are becoming interested in locally produced food. Located in Jasper National Park, our townsite has limited space for gardening. This is especially true for the many community members living in rental accommodation or on very small lots. We aim to find spaces for community members to grow their own gardens and to improve access to locally grown produce from nearby regions of Alberta and B.C. We want to revitalize our local gardening community, connect the young and the not so young, and create a sustainable network of local food producers. Our initiatives and future goals include community garden projects, a garden share program, a weekly farmers market, a veggie box program, and education sessions.
We are a young organization in the early stages of development, and will be refining our goals, spaces, and initiatives rapidly in the upcoming weeks before growing season and throughout the year. We are always looking for more members and volunteers to educate, build, dig, grow, communicate, and fundraise.
There are logistical, legal and operational challenges ahead of us. This blog is about our proposed community garden project, the evolution of the Jasper Local Food Society, and our attempts to grow community, one garden at a time. Email us at jasperlocalfood(at)gmail.com to join our email list and stay updated on local food actions in your community.