The Mataki Farm Infrastructure Project farms 18 center pivot irrigated fields, with a total of 2262 acres under cultivation. On this land we have potato warehouses, with a 10,000 ton storage capacity. We also have a Wash and Pack warehouse, which is used for seed potatoes. The Sawkee Feedlot is part of the Mataki Farm Infrastructure Project; it has a 2500 head capacity. In addition, the Mataki Famrs has 3 housing units, with approximately 1200 sq feet of living space.

The land is located on the North side of the Blood Indian Reserve (approx. 30 km west of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada).

Soil & Climate:

  • Semi-Arid, Dark Brown, Sandy Loam
  • 14-18" precipitation per year
  • 100- 115 growing days

The Mataki Farm Infrastructure Project was initiated in 1999, a result from the Economic Leakage Study conducted by the Blood Tribe Economic Development Department. The project was estimated at a cost of $6.5 M, which incuded the modernization and refurbishing of the original irrigation system installed in the 70's. Teh developmen was a 3 year undertaking.

Primary crop grown is Seed Potato and cereal crops.