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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



150 Packets of “Garden Babies” Lettuce to give away

Donna Balzer, Garden Guru

First it was a five-year drought and recently the weather switched to torrential downpours in California.

“With over 90% of North America’s lettuce supply coming from California we have been and continue to be in trouble as the climate shifts” says GrowfoodCalgary.com instructor Donna Balzer. “And here’s the thing, we have got to stop meeting California like this, in the lettuce aisle.”

But seriously, if you are the least bit concerned about your food supply it is time to start growing your own food, and Balzer has the solution: “Lettuce is one of the easiest vegetables to grow.”

Luckily, growfoodcalgary.com and seed supplier Rennesgarden.com have just made it easier to grow your own lettuce. Rennee’s Garden Seeds just agreed to send a packet of “Garden Babies” lettuce seeds, enough for all the registrants in the Calgary program. So every participant can start growing their own food on the first day of school: March 10, 2017.

“Lettuce is easy to grow indoors in seven days as micro-greens even if you don’ have grow lights. You just have to get the seed started and it will grow.

Or you could save your seed and start it in spring outside in a shady area where it will take about 60 days from seeding to eating.”

And in really good news your life just got easier: Instructors and garden experts, including Balzer, are lined up to help you grow food faster. From soils to wild foods and bugs the growfoodcalgary.com team is on standby to help participants through your first season whether you are entirely new to growing or if you are new to growing in Calgary’s challenging climate.

The eight-month program begins April 22, 2017 with earlibird pricing until April 1 so if you are waiting for the California weather to change, give it up now and start fending for yourself.

For Details:

Call Donna at 403-827-6390 or register online at growfoodCalgary.com