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Calgary: Urban farmer Kye Kocher transforms backyards into large-scale gardens

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 7:37
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Kye Kocher in his inner city farm in Calgary, Alta. Photo by Leah Hennel.

Four years into his farming career, the 31-year-old is the president of YYC Growers (a co-op of urban and rural farmers in the Calgary area), tends to 14 plots in his area and operates a personal farm out of his own inner-city backyard.

By Kerianne Sproule and Leah Hennel,
Calgary Herald
Nov 7, 2016


As an urban farmer, he partners with homeowners in Calgary’s West Hillhurst neighbourhood, transforming their backyards into large-scale gardens. Kocher plans, preps and tends to their backyard plots and harvests the resulting crops. In return, the homeowners receive a portion of the farm-fresh veggies (Kocher also sells some of the produce to local restaurants and markets), and their backyards are no longer sitting stagnant.

“I’ve always felt the need to do a job that had a direct impact on the environment, and when I was a kid up until my mid-20s, it was really hard to conceptualize that in terms of the global economy,” he says.

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