Growing Gardeners

Chelsie Anderson

By Chelsie Anderson

Are you ready to join a supportive community of people growing their own food for the first time?



Grow Food Calgary is about teaching you how to grow food and how to harvest edible native foods sustainably. But it is so much more.

“You can grow a sprout in a day, a micro-green in a week, or a radish in a month,” says Horticulturist and program contributor, Donna Balzer, who learned to grow with the help of others. A lot of help. After gardening at home as a kid, she went on to University to study Agriculture and learned all about design and soils and pests and vegetables.

But it wasn’t just the professors Balzer found helpful. It was co-workers, experience, and time. She spent two internship summers working on the University of Alberta’s vegetable plots, learning the methods and techniques shared by senior staff.

And now it’s payback time for Balzer. Grow Food Calgary participants will be guided and helped by Balzer and a full team of keen growers for eight months this year and something magical will happen.

The three co-cofounders of Grow Food Calgary, Donna Balzer, Shelley Goldbeck and myself will be “raising” gardeners to a new level, providing a platform where attendees will have access to our knowledge for the duration of the eight month  course.

We will invite participants to email us questions. In April, when you are not sure what or when to seed, or in August, when you are deciding if your potatoes are ready to harvest, we are on your team. You are part of our growing family.

Each participant will be offered a 15 minute phone consultation with Donna Balzer, our program “Garden Guru”, as part of their Grow Food Calgary package; they will be provided with freebies carefully selected by the Grow Food Calgary team and they will they take home books, catalogues and extra personalized worksheets to get them growing.

This is a valuable resource, not available to other gardeners in the city.

Grow Food Calgary will have composting experts, soil experts, organic food farmers, entertaining bug experts, native wild crafting professionals and more, giving our program a broad pallet of learning experiences to “dig” into.  During this eight month program beginners will blossom  into confident gardeners who can grow their own food!

The cost is only $500.00 per person for the entire program.
Earlybird discounts apply until April 1, 2017.
Additional discounts apply if you register with a friend.

Everything you need to know is at

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