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Lethbridge, Alberta urban farmer grows on 18 plots of land (about an acre in size)

Thursday, October 6, 2016 6:22
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Josh Hellawell farms 18 plots of land. His largest piece of equipment is a Toyota Forerunner, and he doesn’t use any synthetic chemicals or fertilizers.

Hellawell said he also strives to be carbon neutral by limiting travel time in his work, delivering to CSAs instead of having 40 clients drive to him, and by striving for short distances between food source and customer.

By Barb Glen
Western Producer
Sept 29, 2016


The arrangement with city property owners involves a contract entitling them to 10 percent of the vegetable crop and requires them to provide water. A liability clause protects both parties from lawsuits in the event of injury to anyone involved.

The contract also requires Hellawell to maintain the farming area, which must be at least 1,000 sq. feet.

In exchange, the Hellawells are allowed to farm the area provided and must be given 90 days notice if the landowner wants to terminate the agreement.

“I do all the work. I water, weed, plant, rototill. I do everything. They get 10 percent and they pay for the irrigation water. End of story,” said Hellawell.

“If they want to help pull weeds or engage in working on the crops, I’m more than happy … but by no means are they required to do anything but provide water and take their share.”

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