Donna Balzer is a home gardener and a speaker who brings the message of food security and world connectivity to her audiences.
Donna has a degree in Agriculture with a specialty in Horticulture .
She is known as the Garden Guru. www.GardenGuru.org.
Donna is the co-host of HGTV’s internationally broadcast TV show “Bugs & Blooms” filmed in Canada and aired internationally!
She is the seasonal Garden Columnist for the Calgary Herald Newspaper.
By mistakenly pulling out a row of my mom’s carrots at the age of 5, I began my garden education.
From a lifetime of hands on experience I then started “Chelsie’s Garden Soil-utions” where I plant, weed and enhance soil and maintain yards for Calgary home owners.
I spend my free time growing food for my three kids and two guinea pigs (who boycotted eating organic kale last summer after being fed it everyday for a month!).
Over the years, I have become an expert gardener, and love sharing easy ways to garden naturally for fewer weeds, stronger more mineralized plants and more edible produce per plant while having fun in the garden.
I presented a “highly entertaining and educational” talk at the Home and Garden Show in 2016. I have also been seen in the Calgary Herald, and was a special guest, co-starring alongside my worms, on both “Kim’s Kitchen” as well as on “Trending” with Shaw Tv.
Stay tuned for my upcoming books; “A Teacher’s Guide to Vermiculture”, and “Ready, Set, Grow: A Beginner’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening in Calgary”.
I have been gardening for over fifty years, since my parents placed a hoe in my five-year-old hand and began teaching me to identify weeds.
As a teenager I hated gardening, mainly because planting often occurred on my birthday, the last thing I wanted to do that day!
I am not an expert gardener but since I left home at 16, I’ve grown at least some of my own food every year.
Sometimes, it’s been a tomato and a few green onions in a pot on the apartment balcony.
Sometimes it’s a salad garden in a small bed near the back door.
I refuse to forego the joys that growing my own food bring.
But looking around me, I noticed that the majority of my fellow Calgarians have no knowledge of how easy and rewarding growing food is. I decided to do something about it.
So I partnered with some expert gardeners to guide beginner gardeners into growing food.
We call it Grow Food Calgary and we would be delighted if you would join us.