We’ll start our tour with Christmas Trees
Did you know there is a Christmas tree growers’ co-operative in Saskatchewan?!
The Prairie Christmas Tree Growers Association Co-operative has about 25 members in Alberta and Saskatchewan. It is a non-profit co-operative grower organization controlled by the members and relies on the volunteer efforts of its members.
There are a surprising number of fire protection co-operatives in Saskatchewan. From volunteer fire fighting, to rural fire service and fire protection, there are six fire protection co-ops in the province, including:
Buckland Co-op Volunteer Fire Fighters / Buckland Fire and Rescue (you can also find out more about them from the story we did about their co-op a couple of years ago in our Planet S/Prairie Dog Co-op Week feature)
Sturgis and District Rural Fire Co-op
Raymore & District Fire Protection Co-op
Most of the farmers’ markets in Saskatchewan are co-operatives. They are a great source of local food. There are over 25 farmers’ market co-ops in Saskatchewan and there is also a provincial level Saskatchewan Farmers' Market Co-op (SFMC) that was formed to represent community based farmers' markets in Saskatchewan. You can see a list of most of the farmers’ market co-operatives here.
Well, I’m embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know until a few months ago that there are petroglyphs in Saskatchewan, let alone a petroglyph co-op! The Friends of St. Victor Petroglyphs Co-op Ltd. is located in the south of Saskatchewan, between Rockglen and Assiniboia. The St. Victor Petroglyphs Park is a Provincial Heritage Site and is home to the largest collection of petroglyphs on the prairies, with over 300 carvings recorded.
A Bowling Alley
Glentworth Bowling Alley Co-op Ltd. was incorporated back in 1992 and still operates in Glentworth. Glentworth, Saskatchewan is a small hamlet in southern Saskatchewan (check out their hilarious Wikipedia page description of the community here).
Childcare co-ops are in many communities around the province. There are over 90 childcare co-operatives in Saskatchewan! Chances are, there is a childcare co-operative in your community. They are a great option for affordable childcare, which is why there are so many of these co-operatives.
There are a couple of golf course co-operatives in Saskatchewan. For example, the Meadowdale Golf Co-operative Limited operates a nine-hole golf course, 5 km east of Gull Lake, and the golf course in Davidson is also a co-operative. Check them out for some co-operative golf!
The Prince Albert Mobile Crisis Unit Co-op Ltd. offers crisis intervention, sexual assault counselling, and community education. Mobile Crisis Prince Albert is a community based not-for-profit organization providing services to Prince Albert and area since 1977. Crisis intervention workers are available after-hours 4pm-8am, Monday to Friday and 24 hours per day on weekends.
Water and Utilities co-ops
There are more than 15 water and utilities co-operatives around Saskatchewan. Most of these co-operatives are in rural areas and most are water co-operatives.
In the north of the province especially, there are fishing co-ops. Many of these co-operatives were formed in the 1960s or 1970s, and before that quite a few were formed in the 1940s and 1950s. While there used to be more of these co-ops, there are currently 8 fishing co-ops active in the province.
Grazing, pasture, feeder, breeding, cattle, and bison co-ops
There are a LOT of these co-operatives in Saskatchewan, and a growing number of grazing and pasture co-ops in recent years. There are almost 80 of these co-ops in the province! These co-operatives are a great option to work together to share in the expenses of raising or breeding cattle or bison.
I hope this post informed you about some co-operatives you didn’t know about, in a few new locations in Saskatchewan. There are lots of other interesting co-operatives around the province, and we’ll look at more of them in a future blog post.
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