Experts

Donna Balzer,
Garden Guru

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.

 

Chelsie Anderson

Chelsie Anderson is an expert gardener and owner of  “Chelsie’s Garden Soil-utions” where she plants, weeds, enhances soil and maintains Calgary yards for home owners. She spends her free time growing food for her three kids and two guinea pigs.

 

Rachel Joy Olsen, BSc., MBA

I am a whole food junkie. I am fiercely committed to helping people achieve their health and lifestyle goals through offering plant-based nutritional workshops, cooking classes, fitness, business and life coaching and online courses. I am the author of The Magic of Living Nutrition, Morgan’s Journey and more recently; Meat LESS: A Step-By-Step Guide To Going Vegan.

John Mills,  Eagle Creek Farms

I returned to the family farm in 2006. The farm had been a traditional grain and cattle farm until the 1980’s when my father started growing seed potatoes. Since returning I have continued diversifying the farm operation even further by opening Canada’s first sunflower maze alongside three acres of u-pick flowers. A small farm store and U-pick vegetables were the next addition to the farm which led to the beginning of a Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) Vegetable delivery program. Today the farm now sells over 40 varieties of Seed potatoes to home & market gardeners across Canada, delivers vegetables and eggs to 500 families through their Summer and Winter CSA.  Our Seed Potatoes, grain, hay,  veggies and mazes are all grown using Organic Farming methods.

Adrian Buckley from reGenerate Design Inc

I have a background in community design, and completed a Permaculture Design Certificate in 2009. Before reGenerate Design, I founded and operated Big Sky Permaculture, where I taught courses in permaculture design and gained experience implementing over 20 ecological design and build projects in Calgary and surrounding areas. I also started and co-direct the Calgary Harvest project, which aims at bringing people together to harvest local unused fruit from registered trees in Calgary.

Malcolm Saunders’ mission is to deeply connect people to their food. He has worked in the field of food and nutrition for close to 20 years and is the owner & creative visionary of The Light Cellar. Malcolm is a public speaker and intuitive chef who specializes in sharing the alchemy of superfoods and superherbs. Through his videos, workshops and seminars he has helped thousands of individuals recreate their relationship to food. He has an expertise and passion for creating and teaching others how to make energizing and healing foods, including chocolate, elixirs and ferments. Malcolm’s desire is to inspire others to live and eat from a space that honours the sacredness of all Life, illuminating the power of influence our food choices have on ourselves, other beings, and the planet we live on.

Ted Bahr: As the founder and owner of Prairie Sage Permaculture I have designed several permaculture gardens throughout the city including the popular Wildwood Community Garden. Over the past 6 years through Prairie Sage I have been offering consultations, courses and retreats, but am probably best known for my Calgary Permaculture Tours! It is my passion to make meaningful connections with people and to foster the same types of connections between humans and Mother Nature. Prairie Sage Garden Tours

Sara Haney from Puzzle Permaculture     My name is Sara Haney and I love to inspire young people (and young at heart) through engaging and interactive presentations in hopes of creating the next sustainable generation. I have taught students of all ages in a variety of schools with more than 12 years of experience in the field of science education. In summer you can find me and my family playing in our backyard garden, building community by sharing our food, and checking out our beehives.

Dr Ken Fry, Coordinator for Horticulture and Entomology Instructor in the Schoolof Animal Science & Horticulture at Olds College, has been involved in insect pest management research, teaching and extension for over 25 years including 9 years as a research scientist at the Alberta Research Council and 12 years at Olds College. His research is focused on biological control of insect pests and integrated pest management. Ken is co-author, with Doug Macaulay and Don Williamson of “Garden Bugs of Alberta” and a contributing author to “Organic Farming on the Prairies”.

Verne the Worm

Verne the Worm teaches children about composting and the circle of life in over thirty languages.

 

Mike Dorion 

I am Mike Dorion “aka the Compost Kid”. I love food! Local grocery stores just can not match the memories of tastiness from my Grandma’s garden. I have my Permaculture Design Certificate, SPIN Farming, Greenhouse Design, Herbology and mentoring on Soil and Soil Micro Biology. I am currently working on my Soil Food Web Advisor role with the Life in the Soil program put on by Elaine Ingham and sit on the board of Calgary Permaculture Guild.

Anita Schill

Anita Schill has recently retired from teaching at Olds College, having taught in the Horticulture, Landscape Gardener and Arboriculture programs. She owns Tree & Leaf, Inc. an arboricultural consulting company. Anita’s current interests are native plants; collecting, pressing and labelling specimens for the Olds College Herbarium. Anita is currently taking university courses towards an ecological restoration professional specialization certificate.

Kevin Davies Hop Compost  Hop created Canada’s first inner-city compost facility, and pioneered a closed loop around it. Since launching in February 2015, Hop has saved over 3 million pounds of food waste from landfill, and crafted the most nutrient-rich compost in Canada to boost organic crop yields.

My name is Sascha Kalivoda. I love real food and the people who produce it! I’m a speaker, educator and holistic nutritionist on a never-ending quest to understand what true nutrition and wellness look like. One of my major missions is to bring Wisdom back into the kitchen and regain the life-giving information of our ancestors. We can have a world of healthy, happy and robust people, and it can be done in one generation, but we have to decide to make it so. So let’s chop cabbage and make sauerkraut!

Adam from The Eden Project. The tradition and value of growing my own food has been instilled in my being since childhood, along with a reverent appreciation for one of the greatest and most fundamental human endeavours: agriculture. I have discovered myself in the emerging profession of an urban farmer, leveraging various opportunities to promote food sustainability in the Calgary context through my own social enterprise, Eden Project. The Eden Project focuses on food sustainability, urban farming, gardening/environmental education and landscape sustainability. It is my pleasure and excitement to share my knowledge and experience with the public about what it means to shape a sustainable food network in Calgary

Calgary, AB