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 »

YYC Farm Series: Dirt Boys

Like other farms, urban farms vary in scale. SPIN farming (Small Plot INtensive) is about maximizing underused urban spaces. SPIN farming is brought to several communities in Calgary by the urban farm, Dirt Boys. Dennis Scanland is the mastermind behind Dirt Boys. Dennis is always on the hunt for empty space that can be converted into… Read More »

YYC Farm Series: Our Family Farm

Just West of Okotoks, not too far from the famous ‘Big Rock’, you’ll find Our Family Farm. Our Family Farm is as welcoming as the name sounds. Meet Jonny Barrett, not to be confused with John Barrett. This land has transitioned from one generation to the next from John to Johnny. The majority of the property still… Read More »

YYC Growers’ Beginnings

As the president of YYC Growers, I’ve had the rare fortune of riding the waves alongside an incredible new company, which in my opinion is doing some very important work: empowering citizens with local food, and empowering farmers with stronger sale’s outlets. With recent articles in the Calgary Herald and Sun detailing our incredible growth,… Read More »

YYC Farm Series: SweetEarth Garden

As the sun warmed the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, we headed out towards the majestic views of  Springbank. I spent much of my youth in Springbank so it was nostalgic to arrive in the area where I grew up, but I had never seen anything like SweetEarth Garden’s project here. A horizon lined by the Rockies and… Read More »

YYC Farm Series: Tricklin’ Waters

Tricklin’ Waters is an aquaponic producer, just steps from downtown in Ramsay. It doesn’t get more local than this! What is aquaponics? A highly efficient, nearly closed circuit production system. Aquaponics is similar to hydroponics, where the nutrients required by the plants are delivered via water solution. However in this system, the source of the nutrients comes from symbiotic relationships with fish.… Read More »

YYC Farm Series: Eagle Creek Farms

Eagle Creek potatoes are a staple item in the YYC Growers’ Harvest Boxes. Having worked with Eagle Creek’s produce for many weeks at the YYC Growers’ distribution warehouse, I was excited to finally have an opportunity to see where their beautiful potatoes were being cultivated. John Mills is known as the farmer with the funkiest custom made vegetable-print shirts, hand… Read More »

YYC Farm Series: Country Thyme Farm

Nestled near the edge of Bowden Alberta is Country Thyme Farm. The drive between Calgary and Bowden is the perfect backdrop to display dramatic summer skies in stark contrast to yellow canola fields. This is the rural paradise you imagine when you think of a farm, red barn and majestic scenery included. Roughly ten acres of… Read More »

YYC Farm Series: Shirley’s Greenhouses

Shirley’s Greenhouses is a second generation operation run out of the Didsbury area by Dawn Buschert. The original greenhouse, located near Airdrie, was owned by Dawn’s mother, Shirley. When the original greenhouse closed, Dawn decided to keep the name Shirley’s Greenhouses, as it had proven itself as a reputable name. On this family farm, knowledge… Read More »