Community Crop Society coordinates 4 community gardens in SW
Calgary. They host 148 garden beds of which 110 were
re-rented by returning gardeners in 2015.
"You Get Windburn:
Growth of Community Gardens in Calgary" Video,
Roles, Community Gardens & The City of Calgary" Video,
as a Community Development Tool" Video,
"I first want to start by thanking you for having created your
website. I have found it to be an invaluable resource as I've been
working to create a community garden in the hamlet of Langdon, just
east of Calgary. I can honestly say, I'm not sure where I would be
in this process if it wasn't for all the great information."
from Langdon Community Garden, Rockyview
Mid-Sun Community Garden October 22, 2012
What a fabulous season
of growing for the foodbank!
With our last harvest
harvested by the folks
from Options Calgary...
we add another 67.4
pounds of produce
bringing our total foodbank
harvest to 180.4 pounds!
What's Growing at Rocky Ridge Royal Oak Community
Arugula, Beets, Bush Beans, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots,
Cauliflower, Corn, Cucumbers, Dill,
Flowers, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuces,
Marigold, Mustards, Peas, Phacelia,
Potatoes, Pumpkin, Quinoa, Radishes,
Swiss Chard, Snapdragons, Spinach, Squash,
Strawberries, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Yarrow,
Wildwood Permaculture Gardens
"Things we have enjoyed at the Community Garden:
- Learning that a mistuake is just a learning
- Meeting people who have come for a walk and stop by for a
- Accomplishing the goal of building a garden that was just
an idea one year ago!
- Helping a 2-dimensional creative plan come to life in 3
- Learning what weeping tile actually is.
- Experiencing the generosity of Wildwood volunteers and
their time and their patience and stick-to-itiveness to see this
- The relief of digging out a huge river rock from below
soil surface to make way for the swales and posts.
- AND seeing those trophy-sized river rocks become a
beautiful natural mosaic on the side of the sod berms.
- Seeing those amazing sod berms rise from the ground using
hundreds of square feet of sod!
- The joy of watching the first seedlings breaking the
surface and unfurling their leaves in the warm sun.
- Stopping digging to look into the twinkling eyes and
happy face of a little one who is holding out a heart-shaped rock
- The contentment in warching children work alongside
adults picking rocks, moving wheelbarrows and the running to play
- The wonderful forest-y smell of a shovel-full of wet
- Sitting under the shade of the great spruce in the centre
of the garden around noon.
- The day 5 young strong boys stopped their game in the
Wildwoods to come and work for a few cups of water, some banana
loaf and some cupcakes.
- The trips in the rain to Wildwood Drive to pick up
hundreds of interlocking bricks donated by residents.
- Having the Grade 4s from Wildwood School help us dig and
plant some native trees!
- Reading the Native Tree Guide Book that the Wildwood
Grade 4s put together."
Reprinted with permission from Wildwood Community
Association Newsletter Summer 2012
The Power Plant is a community garden tended by
retired former employees of TransAlta. All of the food crops
they grow each year are donated to the Calgary Interfaith Food
Bank. Laurence Murgatroyd has been keeping track of the size
of the harvest going to the Food Bank for over 10 years. Take
a look! Thanks for coordinating the garden and tracking
the harvest, Laurence!
1999 --------------- 14,045 lbs
2000 ---------------- 18,020 lbs
2001 ---------------- 11,400 lbs
2002 ---------------- 16,010 lbs
2003 ---------------- 18,133 lbs
2004 ---------------- 31,556 lbs
2005 ---------------- 25,730 lbs
2006 ---------------- 13,430 lbs
2007 ---------------- 25,390 lbs
2008 ----------------- 17,750 lbs
2009 ----------------- 15,000 lbs
2010 ----------------- 17,500 lbs
2011 ----------------- 18,200 lbs
Gabrielle of the Garden Path Society's Cornucopia
Garden celebrates the fact that in 2011 gardeners grew all
their own seedlings for the half-acre garden! Cornucopia
Gardeners grew 87 varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers.
In the greenhouse there were eight varieties of tomatoes
and five varieties of peppers.
All totalled, 4,200 pounds of food were grown: 1,100
pounds went to garden volunteers, 1,200 pounds went to community
harvest and 1,900 pounds were shared with the Calgary Dream Centre,
Emma Maternity House Society (short-term housing and support for
homeless pregnant women) and YWCA Sherrif King
Gardeners experimented with importing nematodes in the radish
patch and the radishes thrived to become plump, tasty and
worm-free! Despite a huge gopher problem in 2011 and having to
replant the garden three times due to wet weather the crop
yields were impressive!
For the 2012 growing season Cornucopia gardeners are growing
eggplant, quinoa and lentils in the greenhouse. Winter squash and
cucmber seedlings are being started in the greenhouse and then
moved outdoors into the garden. Strawberries this year will
be in vertical containers and drip irrigation is being
implemented in the greenhouse. With the success of radishes
in 2011, nematodes are being introduced into the carrot patch to
deal with carrot fly. In the back of the garden wheat and rye
are being introduced to act as a windbreak.
Allan of Baker House Langin Place Garden
reports that the 2011 harvest included healthy crops of Swiss
chard, 10 - 15 pounds of bunching onions, 46 pounds of potatoes and
60 pounds of tomatoes - that's three pounds per tomato
plant! He sends heartfelt thanks to the Burpee
Home Gardens program staff for the 20 "Celebrity" tomato plants
that were donated as part of the gift of one tomato
seedling for every community garden bed in 2011. According to
Allan, the tomatoes were "absolutely excellent" and the whole crop
was "very rewarding".
Sonia from the Old Y Centre for Community Organizations
Garden tells how in the garden's first season in 2011 it
created a means to build connections between people and
organizations. The Old Y hired a coordinator for the backyard
community garden who also put in a patio and worked closely with a
visiting Katimavik volunteer from Northern Canada who had never
seen a community vegetable garden
The Old Y Community Gardeners:
- Made field trips to the nearby Parks Foundation Healing
Gardens to assist people living with disabilities in their
- Connected Fort Calgary Community Garden's amazing vegetables
and herbs with the Aspen Society's Lifeskills Program where clients
learn cooking and employment skills.
- Collaborated with Catherine Winkler's The A.R.E.A. (Arts
Recreation Education Agriculture) site regarding food growing
What were the magic ingredients for this success? Plenty of
produce, personal enjoyment and a healthy number of social events
that engaged people made for a great exchange of work, materials
and neighbourly connections.
Rockyview Alliance Church Public Community
Garden has enjoyed such success in the last two years
that they are hoping in 2012 to add 10 more raised garden beds to
the existing 32 beds for rent. They have also managed to
establish three berry gardens and two herb gardens whose fruit is
shared among community gardeners. Sharing within the and
beyond the garden and is encouraged. Gardeners are
encouraged to "Grow A Row" of vegetables to share with someone in
Dana from Banff Trail Community Garden told us
about a huge improvement in the size and quantity of the vegetables
in 2011. It was due to the efforts gardeners made to
replenish the soil in their raised beds. By
adding better garden loam and more peat moss to hold
moisture, the gardeners saw some zucchinis grow to more
than a foot long! In 2011 they also planted 25 dwarf fruit
trees that are staked in a long line along the west side of the
garden. As they grow they will be trained to grow into an
Another 2011 triumph took place when there were more people
requesting a garden plot than spaces. Banff Trail Gardeners
improvised and made some extra ground level beds. In 2012 these are
being replaced with raised beds, just like the 20 that are there
already. A pergola is being built in 2012 as
The Executive and Board of Directors of Banff Trail Community
Association wish to acknowledge the receipt of a generous "Quick
Start Grant" from Fido-Evergreen. This grant will provide the means
for our resident volunteers to complete our Community Garden
Project in 2012. Fido-Evergreen has partnered to assist
Neighbourhoods in greening their communities and promoting
ecological stewardship. Building community, whilst respecting the
environment, is a strong component of their mandate.
The 2011 growing season ended with the First Annual Banff
Trail Harvest Festival held in September. It was one of those hot
autumn days and the turnout was amazing! Hosting these community
events we realize how many new families with young children are now
living in our community. We had the added pleasure of having Mayor
Nenshi visit our garden site. He was most impressed with all
the work that has been done. I think everyone had a picture taken
with him! We are very fortunate to have some great garden
supporters and sponsors in our community. A big Thank You goes out
to Edelweiss Imports, Weeds Café, the Brentwood Co-op and Saigon
Y2K Restaurant for providing some great door prizes.
Winston Heights Mount View Community hosts the
very first two rain gardens in Calgary! One is behind the
WHMV Community Hall east of the hockey rink as you enter via the
parking lot. The second is on 18th Avenue NE behind the
Fanning Centre at 6th Street near the Emergency Medical Services
Rain gardens make it possible to capture water runoff and hold
it in the ground for growing plants. While in the
neighbourhood, visit the Winston Heights Mount View Community
Association Centennial Garden which is the community's first group