Calgary-based startup Deepwater Farms partners with Calgary Co-op

Mar 1 2020, 9:00 am

Calgary Co-op shoppers will soon see some new products hitting the shelves this March.

The retail cooperative has partnered with Calgary-based startup Deepwater Farms to bring the aquaponic farm’s greens to their 15 stores throughout the city.

Deepwater Farms was first created in 2018 as Calgary’s first aquaponic farm, combining aquatic animals with plants to create a closed-loop system that’s beneficial to both the greens they grow and the fish they raise.

See also: 

Those who frequent some of Calgary’s favourite restaurants may have already tried some of Deepwater Farm’s products, according to a release from the company.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Deepwater Farms (@deepwaterfarms) on

“Deepwater Farms has been supplying the top restaurants in Alberta with fresh local greens since 2018. Last year we started selling to high-end hotels in Banff and Lake Louise, but launching our Deepwater Farms greens in Calgary Co-op has been a goal for us since launching the company,” said Paul Shumlich, Founder and CEO of Deepwater Farms.

“Working with Calgary Co-op will allow us to transform the way Calgarians think of food.”

The first product on Calgary Co-op shelves will be the farm’s Baby Kale Mix, which is used at restaurants including Model Milk, Hotel Arts, and Shokunin.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Deepwater Farms (@deepwaterfarms) on

While no further announcements have been made about increasing the variety of products offered at Co-ops, the release notes that more could be expected to hit shelves within a matter of months.

“The potential for this partnership is huge. We’re starting with baby kale, but there’s no reason we couldn’t start serving up our Sea Bass soon,” said Shumlich in the release.

“Imagine – Alberta being as famous for bass as it is for beef!”