PLANT YOUR GARDEN… IN SOMEONE ELSE’S GARDEN?
JULY 26, 2012
Tiny Plots, one of Calgary’s hottest tech start-ups, will be a web-based and mobile application that makes it easier to grow food locally. A recent winner of Pitch Rodeo – a business pitch competition for Calgary start-ups – the Tiny Plots team is full of smart ideas for helping gardeners and for transforming urban agriculture.
Read full Andrea Grant article here: http://calgaryisawesome.com/2012/07/26/plant-your-garden-in-someone-elses-garden/
SEA Change is proud to introduce the social entrepreneurs/urban farmers of Urban Sunflower!
Rita and Jerremie’s delicious honey and potatoes can be found at the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Farmer’s Market in Calgary on Wednesday’s.
As per: http://www.urbansunflower.ca/
Urban Sunflower Market Gardens is a Calgary area producer of chemical free and sustainably grown vegetables, flowers and bee products.
What We Do
Urban Sunflower is dedicated to growing vegetables – especially potatoes – and keeping bees in an environmentally friendly way.
This means we don’t use chemical inputs, we primarily use hand tools (muscle power is good for us), and only small engine power equipment when necessary (limits our fossil fuel consumption). We plant and use mulch to help retain moisture and limit watering.
And yes, we have bees. The little ladies both help with the gardening through pollination and share their excess honey with us. Now if only they could pitch in on the weeding.
Meet Aquaponics Collective!
As per Wikipedia, Aquaponics /ˈækwəˈpɒnɨks/ is a sustainable food production system that combines a traditional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In the aquaculture, effluents accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity for the fish. This water is led to a hydroponic system where the by-products from the aquaculture are filtered out by the plants as vital nutrients, after which the cleansed water is recirculated back to the animals. The term aquaponicsis a portmanteau of the terms aquaculture and hydroponic.
In other words, Kelsey will be raising fish :)
Learn more about this exciting budding social enterprise at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/464502770232778/
Meet Locavore Farms!
As per: http://locavorefarms.blogspot.ca/
We are a local father and son team, practicing SPIN (Small Plot Intensive) farming. While not certified organic, we practice all organic gardening methods and do not use chemicals of any kind. We call this shadow organic to differentiate!
Our farm is located on a quiet suburban street in Tuscany, on land donated by Carma development group (many thanks) and is dedicated to the local food movement. Our mission is to produce healthy, organic food within the city limits, with the lowest possible carbon-footprint.
Click here to learn more about this amazing social enterprise!
Meet Leaf Ninjas!
As per: http://leafninjasmission.wordpress.com/about-us/
Leaf Ninjas is a small family of entrepreneurs; lead by gardener and farmer Luke Kimmel, the Leaf Ninjas team has set out to design and cultivate highly productive urban farms and permaculture gardens in Calgary, AB.
The Leaf Ninjas main goal is to grow good food locally using organic methods, and to educate and empower other people to grow food in this way.
The “ninja approach” to farming and gardening is centered around the application of martial arts, permaculture, and business savvy, to the many aspects of growing food.
Click here to learn more about this amazing social enterprise!
As per: http://www.vergepermaculture.ca/content/about
A Calgary-based company that specializes in a systems design approach to sustainable human habitat and a focus on interconnected elements: low energy buildings, water management, waste re-use, renewable energy & food production systems.
Passionate about helping Canadians regenerate degraded landscapes, build topsoil and improve our surrounding ecologies so both ours and future generations can lead healthy lives and benefit from natural resources.
Excited to be offering permaculture courses and looking to inspire people to embrace integrated solutions and empower them to bring connected design concepts into their own home, businesses and lives.
“A.B.C is dedicated to bringing small scale, hobby apiaries to urban spaces through educational programming, mentorship, and community engagement projects. Come have a look through the website and see all of the awesome opportunities that await you and your community!”
- Eliese Watson, Founder
Learn more: http://www.backyardbees.ca/abcworks
Meet Leaf and Lyre!
They are an amazing Calgary Small Plot Intensive (SPIN) Farm with +25 lots being farmed in Calgary.
Their delicious metro grown greens can be found at the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Farmer’s Market in Calgary on Wednesday’s.
Learn more about this exciting social enterprise at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Leaf-Lyre-Urban-Farms/108964799151881
Meet Urban City Farms!
As per http://urbancityfarms.com/:
Bringing you an opportunity to change your lifestyle for the better!
Did you know..
There is a way to eliminate the cost associated with Yard Maintenance. Urban City Farms is looking for yards to transform into fully operational, seasonal vegetable gardens!
Urban City Farms is looking for lots within the inner city to begin a Small Plot Intensive (SPIN) farming project. In todays food markets, a majority of our food is purchased from the United States, creating higher food prices for us all as the price of transportation goes up. Urban City farms is dedicated to using local City of Calgary plots of land, donated by fellow Calgarian’s to produce high quality locally grown food.
By donating your front, back or side yard – you to can be apart of the growth of local food. Taking pride in your yard, knowing it is helping to supply local business and community members with the freshest of food. – As well as collecting a hefty weekly basket of fresh grown seasonal produce, supplied by vegetable gardens in various Calgary locations, including your own garden!
Saving time and money, and supplying yourself with your own produce.
Urban City Farms will create the garden and maintain it, with no worries to you. Just watch the garden grow in your yard and reap the rewards.
We are currently looking for yards growing spaces of all sorts within the inner city.
Learn more about this exciting social enterprise at: http://urbancityfarms.com/
Consulting for Productive Places
We can help you make permaculture design happen on your property! A property designed according to permaculture principles is one that can save you a multitude of money, time and energy. Essentially, we’re passionate about helping you make your property produce more resources and energy than it consumes, including food production, soil building, heating, water storage and much more!
Visit http://www.bigskypermaculture.ca/ to learn more about all the amazing work Big Sky Permaculture does in Calgary.