Author Archives: Dennis Scanland

CSA Day Offers Second Chance for New Year’s Resolutions

Celebrate Community-Supported Agriculture on Feb. 22 with the farms of YYC Growers and Distributors [Calgary AB] February 14, 2019 – Are your New Year’s resolutions already in the rearview mirror? If so, you’re not alone, but you still have time to make good on those resolutions. YYC Growers is pleased to join other farms from around the… Read More »

2019: The Year of the Farmer

Written by Heather Ramshaw (Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Centre), A note from your friendly neighbourhood Farmers’ Market Manager. As a consumer, you are flooded with eating options. From restaurant delivery apps, chilled meal boxes on your doorstep, and the glowing frozen aisles and piles of perfect shiny vegetables at the grocery store, we are encouraged to… Read More »

Hydroponic, aquaponic, aeroponic… what’s the difference?

For growers and consumers alike, there’s some confusion around these different soil-less methods of cultivation. Despite similar sounding names, there are some pretty substantial differences between these three methods. This brief guide will outline the differences including some important pros and cons, helping you understand the choices your making and how these methods contribute to… Read More »

What are these Mustard Greens anyway?

Mustard greens, or more commonly referred to as “mustards” by our farmers, are part of the Brassica family. Other Brassicas include the cabbage family such as cauliflower, kale and kohlrabi, and some root crops such as radish and turnip. Mustards have significantly high levels of vitamin C, A, K and soluble fibre, and boast a… Read More »

YYC Farm Series: Little Loaves Farm

Just northwest of Sundrie, in a scenic wooded area, is Little Loaves Farm. Little Loaves Farm is Jerremie and Rita Clyde’s four-year development project. This mixed farm produces a diverse array of crops, including vegetables and grains, and is also home to a yak herd. Varieties of grains include oats, rye and even rice, while the market garden includes primarily potatoes and peas… Read More »

YYC Farm Series: Maple Greenview Honey

I was very excited to meet Amber Yano and her bees. Amber has infectious energy and is clearly passionate about her work. After graduating with a degree in fine arts five years ago, Amber established her first hive. At the time, Amber claims she knew nothing about apiculture (beekeeping), but was very interested in bees and insects of the Order… Read More »

YYC Farm Series: Happiness By the Acre

Over the past five years, Marcus Riedner has been transitioning a quarter section of land from conventional canola and wheat production to organic small scale vegetable production northwest of Carstairs, AB. A quarter section is 160 acres, a significant piece of land for a market garden farm. This piece of land, like most in the… Read More »

YYC Farm Series: Grand Trunk Veggies

Kye Kocher is founder of the urban farm Grand Trunk Veggies. Grand Trunk Veggies is based out of West Hillhurst with 10 unique farm properties dotted throughout the city from their headquarters at 2102 5 Ave NW to their newest space just west of Calgary in Springbank. Grand Trunk Veggies’ headquarters is one of the most beautiful urban farming… Read More »