Farm Feature: If you tried the sweetest, juiciest strawberry around, it was probably locally Alberta grown from The Jungle Farm. They offer Strawberries, Pumpkins, Vegetables, Festivals, CSA, and so much more at a one stop family farm. Blaine and Leona Staples are 4th generation farmers on Leona's family farm just north of Innisfail. The Staples are best known for their strawberries, but also grow greenhouse crops, specializing in potted flowers and a number of field crops such as leafy greens, onions, cucumbers, and pumpkins.
The Jungle Farm has lots of opportunities for families to experience their farm and learn about where their food comes from. While their seasonal farm vegetables are available year round at our Innisfail Growers Markets.
When we asked what Blaine and Leona’s favorite reason for farming was, Leona happily share, “our family’s mission is to create the best farm experience through exceptional food, education and creating lasting family memories.” But when Leona ended her first comment, she sat back and thought quietly for a minute. What she said was more than generational farming and yet still focused on future generations. “What gives me joy and the reason for early mornings every day during our farming season are the people. I love seeing the delight of a child’s eyes when they find a cucumber hidden under the leaves of the plant or the red stained shirt of strawberries eaten and enjoyed. Teaching about agriculture and sharing our farm is the reason I get up every morning.” That could be one of the reasons they created school programs to visit their farm. Or perhaps it is the Gardening With Your Child program designed to get your wee little ones out at the farm during the day for fresh air, picking a vegetable and tasting the vibrancy of it all while learning the alphabet. Of course they have many more events available on their website along with the spring/summer/fall CSA programs.
Leona and family thank all of you who support Innisfail Growers collectively providing farm fresh, nutritious food for communities of Alberta. - 18 minutes ago