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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 connoisseur.

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.




When: September 22, 2018

Where: Golden Acre Home and Garden

Enjoy an 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 variety! 

Expand your garlic knowledge, ask questions and share your experience! 

Enjoy the 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!


Garlic _Fort Calgary

Participating in the Growers' Exchange

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 Growers:

1. Individual  Growers Residential  or individual community gardeners. 

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 participants. 

Partner Growers are asked to:   

  • Return their  harvest to the Growers' Exchange in 2018.
  • 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 following season.
  • 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 grown.
  • 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 sufficient.

Why is Heritage Hardneck Garlic a wonderful plant for Calgary Gardens?
  • hail resistant
  • thrives in hot weather 
  • drought tolerant, making it a waterwise option for the garden
  • succeeds in all types of soil
  • increases local availability of a typically imported food crop  
  • easy to grow, harvest and propagate

There are up to 50 varieties of heritage hardneck garlic that grow well in Calgary and are available from seed companies.

Returning Participants: 
  • 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! 
New Participants: 
  • 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 Exchange!
  • 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