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,
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.