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Canada: Urban Farms Are Feeding Calgary

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Freshly picked assorted vegetables ready to be brought inside and washed. Photo by Lexa Chambers.

“This city has lots of vacant land that’s not doing anything, so let’s put it to use,” said Mike Dorian, one of the project’s urban farmers.

By Amanda McColl
The Weal
Oct 1, 2019


Grow Calgary, a non-profit organization, is another group growing fresh food within the city limits.

Since 2013, everything they have harvested has been donated to local charities, and they have lobbied the city to relax bylaws around urban farms.

The organization is run by 30,000 volunteers, and provides not only fresh food, but education on sustainable urban farming.

Due to construction of the ring road, Grow Calgary has relocated from their plot of land on the west edge of the city, to the south end.

Future of Grow Calgary Uncertain

At this time, the future of Grow Calgary is uncertain because the non-profit and the new UCP government have hit an impasse over who will pay for the farm’s relocation.

Another urban farm project in the city’s south east broke ground this summer, and is a partnership between the Compost Council of Canada and the City of Calgary.

This initiative is an effort to provide fresh food and rejuvenate the soil in unused land in the city.

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