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Hop Over to Hop Compost this Friday

Kevin Davies created Canada’s first inner-city compost facility, Hop Compost 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.

We are delighted that Kevin is one of Grow Food Calgary’s experts.

The first “secret” to growing food is feeding your soil.

Soil is where the the mineral are. Healthy soil is full of microbes, bacteria and other critters that feed your plants. A well-fed plant is full of nutrition.

A lettuce head grown in healthy soil has infinitely more benefit to your body than a head grown in dirt, void of life, sprayed with a variety of chemicals, and trucked thousands of kilometres to your refrigerator.

It’s all about the soil. And the best way to amend soil is with compost.

Kevin is hosting a small tour of the Hop Compost facility this Friday, March 10 at 6PM. We have three or four spaces left and we invite you to join us.

Address: 4243 17a St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 3X1

To reserve your space on the Hop Compost tour, contact Chelsie Anderson.

Can’t make the tour? Join us at Grow Food Calgary where you’ll learn how to feed your soil so it can feed your plants, so the plants can feed you. www.GrowFoodCalgary.com.

Natural vs Organic

Chelsie Anderson, Garden Expert

by Chelsie Anderson

In my last post I explained about the difference between natural and organic farming practises.



Here is more evidence. Here are two organically grown cabbages. Both seeded on the same day, both watered as needed, both pictures taken on the same day in August.



Can you guess which one was grown using a natural gardening approach?












Yes, the one that produced a head.  That cabbage had access to all of the beneficial “farm hands” from the soil and was well mulched, farm hands being the worms, microbes and ladybugs.

At Grow Food Calgary, a six-month Vegetable Gardening Immersion Program, we’ll teach you how to grow cabbage that looks like the first one.

Sign up today!