Retirees Grow 83,000 lbs of Vegetables for the Calgary Food Bank

Retirees Grow 83,000 lbs of Vegetables for the Calgary Food Bank

John Holmes
On the crisp sunny mornings of late September, over 180 volunteers responded to requests for help to harvest 4 fields of vegetables planted by retirees on two and a half acres of donated land bordering Calgary. By month end, these teams of ambitious harvesters had garnered over 83,000 lbs. of fresh produce from these fields and donated the entire...
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On the crisp sunny mornings of late September, over 180 volunteers responded to requests for help to harvest 4 fields of vegetables planted by retirees...

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On the crisp sunny mornings of late September, over 180 volunteers responded to requests for help to harvest 4 fields of vegetables planted by retirees on two and a half acres of donated land bordering Calgary. By month end, these...

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At the Green & Gold Community Garden, in Edmonton, volunteers get their hands dirty on two acres of land at the University of Alberta South...

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There is no doubt that beekeeping is an amazing experience to access in your backyard: the gentle movements of the bees, the sweet smells of...

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From a window-box of herbs to a homestead, growing your own food is an education, a series of trial and error, and a meditation on...

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Gardening in light fluffy “soil” makes a common appearance when scrolling through videos online. But did you know the fluffy soil you see is not really soil? We actually consider that to be a soilless medium because of its absence...

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Bring all the Bees to your Veggie Garden with Herbs!  Whether you are planning a vegetable garden or growing in a container on your patio,...

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Who would’ve imagined that photographing boulevard gardens would lead to so many interesting surprises and fulfilling community-building experiences?  But what is a boulevard garden? The...

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Non-profit’s research could bring fresh produce to underserved Canadians. Jennica Taylor didn’t want to go outside. She knew her breath would fog as temperatures approached...

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Gardening is enjoyable at all ages and is especially enjoyable with children! Playing and learning outdoors can engage children of all ages in physical activity,...

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The mission of the Free Library of Philadelphia is to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity. Its vision is to build an enlightened community...

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This past month, I had the pleasure to visit five garden sites in the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley.  While each site was different,...

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