Garlic Growers' Exchange
Time to cure?
Its early September now. You have most likely harvested by
now and are on to the curing stage. Brush off the dirt, and lay the
bulbs out to dry in a cool spot on newspaper. If you are
growing more than one variety, be sure to keep the types separate
(write the names on the newspaper where it is drying). Then
you can explore the taste differences, and become a
And...if you are donating some of your garlic to the Calgary
Horticultural Society's garlic event (see below), we will be
delighted to receive it on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 9am and
2pm or this coming Saturday from 9-11am in the back garden of our
offices. You will get a credit note to
use at this year's Garlic Exchange as well as an
entry for a draw prize.
GARLIC FAIR 2018. JOIN THE EXCHANGE!
SAVE THE DATE!
When: September 22, 2018
Where: Golden Acre Home and Garden
early Growers Exchange - bring garlic you have grown at the start
of the event and exchange it directly with other
growers. Make sure it is
trimmed and cleaned ahead of time. Try a new
Expand your garlic knowledge, ask questions and share your
Garlic Fair! There will be speakers, workshops & vendors;
music, food & drink and don't forget garlic! Lots and
lots of garlic for sale! See you there!
Participating in the Growers'
No experience is required! By participating, you gain connection
with other gardeners and resources while becoming a part of the
local movement to cultivate heritage hardneck garlic.
How does it work?
There are Two Levels of
Residential or individual
Individual Growers are asked to:
- Return the following year with bulbs of cured garlic grown in
your own garden.
- Keep track of each
variety while growing & harvesting and return bulbs that are
cured the following year with proper labelling.
2. Partner Growers: Residential gardeners
or community gardens dedicated to growing enough garlic to support
this exchange with varieties of garlic stock to sell to new
Partner Growers are asked
- Return their harvest to the Growers' Exchange in
- Post a sign provided by Calgary
Horticultural Society in the garden to identify your crop as a part
of the Calgary Garlic Fair 2018/ Growers' Exchange.
- Keep track of each variety while growing, harvesting and return
it cured the following year with proper labelling.
- Receive tokens/credit notes to put towards your purchase of new
varieties or more of the same varieties of garlic to grow for the
- Enter your name to win our Raffle for Partner Growers as a
thank you for supporting us.
Note to All Growers:
- Please commit to using NO chemical sprays (herbicides,
pesticides) on your garlic crop.
- Assure that only organic or chemical free
fertilizers are used in the garden bed where the garlic is
- Maintain records of the garlic
varieties that are being grown and properly label bulbs upon return
to the exchange next year.
What is the money from the
shares used for?
As a non-profit organization, we consciously keep our
operational costs low while offering meaningful support to Calgary
Gardeners. The share fees for the Garlic Growers' Exchange go
towards printing costs, purchase of seed garlic, administrative
costs, plant labels, and speaker's fees.
What we hope to achieve?
We are hoping to increase the varieties of garlic knowledge to
gardeners in Calgary.
We hope to become less dependant on importing food by promoting
food production locally.
We hope that enough people become interesting in exchanging a
portion of their crop such that we will no longer require
purchasing seed stock, ie. the exchange becomes self
Why is Heritage Hardneck Garlic a wonderful plant for
- hail resistant
- thrives in hot weather
- drought tolerant, making it a waterwise option for the
- succeeds in all types of soil
- increases local availability of a typically imported food crop
- easy to grow, harvest and
There are up to 50 varieties of heritage
hardneck garlic that grow well in Calgary and are
available from seed companies.
- Prior to this event, bring your harvested, cured garlic bulbs
in a paper bag labelled with your name and variety of garlic to the
Calgary Horticultural Society offices. Receive a token or credit
note to put towards your new purchases at the Growers' Exchange
/Garlic Fair! Also add your name to our Raffle and get ready to win
one of several great prizes!
- At the event, bring your token/credit note and use it towards
your purchase of a different type of garlic or get more of the same
if you loved what your grew last year!
- Learn how to grow garlic from one of our experts
- Listen to one of the several talks that will be offered on
topics ranging from Growing Garlic to Cooking with Garlic to The
Health Benefits of Garlic.
- Buy some garlic to plant and grow and share. Join the
- Buy some garlic to eat.
- Join us and listen to music, walk around and enjoy.
Want to help out?
We are actively looking for volunteers to help put on this
event. If you are interested, please call the office of Calgary
Horticultural Society at 403-287-3469 x. 227 or email