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When Chelsie Anderson and I first started discussing our vision for Grow Food Calgary, I had no idea what a wonderful resource was sitting in front of me!

Donna Balzer, Garen Guru

Turns out, Chelsie, besides having her own garden expertise, is the
daughter of Donna Balzer, the Garden Guru, author of the best-selling book, No Guff Vegetable Gardening.

Of course I wasn’t about to let an opportunity to work with a Guru pass by!

Chelsie, Donna and I decided to pool our resources and create Grow Food Calgary, where we’ll teach 150 new gardeners how to grow their own food from April to October.

Donna’s new web site was released early this week. I spent some time on it and I’m feeling pretty good about my decision to join forces with Donna! She knows her stuff!

Demand for Donna’s speaking and consulting services are growing like plants in a well-composted garden bed. We’re lucky to have her in our program.

The really juicy part is Donna is making herself available to each and every one of our 150 gardeners, who for the price of their ticket, get a 15 minute phone consultation with Donna!

Each participant also receives a free copy of No Guff Vegetable Gardening and gets to learn at the feet of the Garden Guru throughout the 2017 garden season. See complete list of garden goodies we’re giving to each ticket holder.

If you want to learn how to garden in Calgary, you need to hang out with Donna Balzer this summer.

Grow Food Calgary launches on Earth Day, April 22 at the Calgary Zoo.

Register for Grow Food Calgary today.

Shelley Goldbeck

by Shelley Goldbeck, Co-Founder, Grow Food Calgary



Partnering with the Calgary Zoo

Chelsie Anderson, Garden Expert

By Chelsie Anderson

We knew right from the start that the Calgary Zoo would be the perfect partner for us for our upcoming programming Grow Food Calgary.

“We grow lots of the food we serve at the restaurants here, and we are always trying to do more” said Noelle Green. “We also compost all of the animal waste and food scraps and use the finished product on the the gardens throughout the Zoo”.

What else did we need to know as event organizers? The theatre size and style, and the fact that all participants will get free entry onto Zoo grounds and we were sold!

We know you will enjoy the beautiful Karsten Discovery Theatre with its plush chairs. “Everyone gets a good seat,” pointed out Co-Founder of Grow Food Calgary, Shelley Goldbeck.

With the theatre being right across from the penguin exhibit it will be a unique environment to explore during breaks and after the day’s programming. Some participants plan to meet with their families after their classes to explore the grounds.

We are looking forward to some of our participants winning free Calgary Zoo garden tours followed by a meal cooked with locally grown produce.

We are grateful for, and looking forward to this partnership with the Zoo, and I hope you will too!

Sign up today for Grow Food Calgary and receive over $250 worth of free  garden loot hand selected by Donna Blazer, the Garden Guru.