I had been looking for a while. A sunny spot, a good view and an easy going neighbour. I finally found it at Fork In The Rowed. No not a place to live but a place to put my GeoCampo for a short spell. That's the name of the collapsible and movable geodesic dome. With the blessing of Fork In The Rowed it's there for a few days before bringing it to the AppleFest.
I drove in and was greeted by Jodie. Ebullient, social and cheerful, she is one half of the team that comprises FITR, a local market farm that organically grows veggies just 2 kms east of Lethbridge. Moira, ambitious, wise and well-versed in the 'ways of business' comprises the other half. Not surprisingly she spends a lot of her summers in Calgary selling produce.
They've been in business since 2015 and have been producing vegetables to markets in Lethbridge and Calgary. Fortunately Jodie was instantly able to give permission for me to park my dome at the edge of their property for 5 days. Gotta love small business, where human real-time transactions are a reality.
As a Community Supported Agriculture farm in this area, I'm happy to say I was a subscriber that first year. To my surprise the volume of veggies I received that year was huge! It was also a learning experience as I received veggies that I never knew existed.
This year Fork In The Road has been offering vouchers. A very practical alternative that allows customers to prepay. This translates to more efficient planning and reduced labour on market day. Customers can then drop by the FITR booth at the Saturday Farmers Market and pick and choose their weekly veggie supply. As I understand, there are vouchers still available for this season. Check https://www.forkintherowed.com/csa-information.html
Best of luck to Fork In The Rowed and between August 7th and 11th, if you drive east on Hwy 3, look for 'the dome'. :)
Gilles Leclair is the founder of GeoStudios. Somewhat eccentric, fairly environmentalist, politically aware, he believes the world should have more off-grid communities... many more.