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 »

YYC Farm Series: Leaf & Lyre Urban Farms

When you think of farming, what comes to mind? Most of us would not imagine 30 plots of land within the Calgary area. Meet urban farmer Rod Olson, the founder of Leaf and Lyre Urban Farms. Rod’s plots range from backyards in Bowness to a larger piece of land in Bearspaw. There is a particular charm… Read More »

Intro to YYC Farm Series: Seeds To Greens

Nestled just across the South Eastern city limit is the Pearson family farm: Seeds to Greens.  Meet Dick and Sue Pearson, the loving momentum behind this true family farm. Three generations have cultivated this land. Historically grain was a primary product, but the current focus is vegetable crops. The Pearson’s pay homage to the immense… Read More »

Getting to know YYC Growers

This is long, long overdue, but given that it is winter, and with your farm or garden (or dreams of either) huddled under snow, it may be a good time to revisit some of the YYC farms and their 2016 farm season. As some of you may know, the 2016 season was a big deal… Read More »

Movie Premier – Cultivating Calgary’s Local Food Resiliency

April 1, 2016 6:45 at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Center With much excitement, we bring you a documentary by Kai Cabodyna a.k.a. Wabi Sabi Libra exploring Calgary’s local food movement. From the ground up and the top down, issues of land access, policy, finance, climate, and city planning are examined. Hear the thoughts of farmers, restaurant owners,… Read More »

Food System Collapse – Guest Blog Post

This is a post from Rob Avis – Verge Permaculture. It hit home on exactly all the points that we at YYC Growers strive towards. This week I was interviewed by the local newspaper, The Calgary Herald, about the rising cost of food and systemic problems within the food system. The reporter wanted to know… Read More »

Easy Roasted Sunchokes

Never had sunchokes before? No problem. They’re just like cooking potatoes. Here’s an easy recipe to try that will have you smitten with sunchokes in no time! Ingredients: 1lb Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes), scrubbed 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon sea salt ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper 2 tablespoon of your favourite fresh… Read More »