Delton Jubinville

Delton Jubinville is a rancher, entrepreneur and advocate for health and environment who lives our Co-op’s values by example.

He sees The Gathering Place Co-op as a catalyst for change and the potential for this model to expand into rural communities all throughout Alberta and eventually beyond. If done right, this model will also have a strong impact on urban communities as they too, want to be able to help and share in a healthy environment, one that feels natural, wholesome, and which connects back to local products and the land that provides them. Delton believes in promoting local healthy products and that everyone should do their part to promote healthy lifestyles. With its no-waste approach, The Gathering Place Co-op is an inspirational model to deliver wholesome change and a true connection to healthy, wholesome, local food. “The only way I’d be active in farming is in sustainability. It has to be sustainable, so we can’t abuse our land. We’ve got to work with all of the microbiology of the soil and the combined animals, and culture practices and those kinds of things that I’m a strong believer in. The Co-op is true sustainability because it’s helping local producers and consumers so they can get quality, fresh food easily accessible. So, as the Co-op would grow, you would see more sustainability in farming period.”

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Mandy Melnyk

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Mandy Melnyk is a board member and producer.

In 2011, Mandy made the decision to make a living on the land. She began growing organic vegetables like onions, garlic and beets, and raising chickens and turkeys outside. She believes that when it comes to raising animals, there is no healthier animal than an animal that is free and able to garnish the natural nutrients from the grasses around us. She believes in regenerative and holistic farming practices such as not just feeding the plant, but feeding the soil so that it will be able to produce for future generations.

“In July of 2018, when we decided that we needed to start getting some actual collective marketing power in the North – not only to distribute our products, but to create. To create some of the best pies and pierogies that Weasel Creek ever saw. It’s a bit of a work-in-progress as we learn how to put together our individual farms and talents. It’s like putting together a puzzle – every person that joins the Co-op may be a farmer, they may be a chef, but they all fit because they have a passion and a love for our rural communities.

The essence of our Co-op is not just about a place to come and eat, it’s about understanding that there’s a respect for the land and that the goods are being produced in and around our area. It’s a respect both ways – producers/caretakers and consumers.

As member-producers, together, we’ll be able to learn from each other to enhance ourselves as individual producers but also as a collective co-op.

It’s important for people to know that they can grow food in our rural communities and what our hope for the Co-op is that we can collectively market that for them so that small people who want to make an income off of the soil that exists in our communities can do so without thinking that they have to be really big. There is a place for small production in our rural economies and we want to help people harness that.”

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