Calgary getting into Urban Gardening

Discussion in 'Gardening and Agriculture' started by NaeKid, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. NaeKid

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    I was reading in the FastForward magazine that Calgary is slowly moving back towards urban gardening - both as a co-op (group gardening) and solo (backyard). From the late 70's till recent, gardening has been considered a waste of time / energy / money by many Calgarians. With the rising costs of food (and the transportation of it), people are realizing that things will need to move to a more agriculturally responsible lifestyle ..

    Full, unedited version of the story here: FFWD - Calgary Life & Style - Urban Living - Room to grow

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  2. NaeKid

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    I have also been looking around at all the "empty" green-space near the main north-south corridor in the city (also known as The Deerfoot). In the middle of the clover-leafs (on and off ramps) we have grass that isn't watered - just left to naturally grow and it gets trimmed a couple times a summer.

    It would be very nice if those kinds of areas were allowed to grow natural edible plants - blueberries, saskatoon berries, elderberries, etc. All along the sides of that road is a "green-space" between the roadway and the nearest houses / businesses (picture of that kind of green-space shown in "Home from above" thread). It would be great if those green-spaces could be turned into community gardens with fruit-trees, carrots, peas, beans, etc.
     
  4. kyfarmer

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    That NaeKid is a great idea. See if you can plant that idea in a local politicians head under the idea of going green, that should put a bug in the ear. Let them say the thought was theirs might work. Anything for a vote i reckon its the same all over. Just might work. Ya never know till ya try.
     
  5. NaeKid

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    The movement is on towards that already. We have a couple of vocal groups that are taggin' the city's politicians and bending their ears towards green-spaces turned to fresh-fruit, fresh-berry, fresh vegitable growing zones.

    I am not part of any of those groups but I totally agree with their ideas. I wonder if Sandusky might make that happen. :sssh:
     
  6. Canadian

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    Urban gardening is great. Not really catching on in Toronto. Only the older generation do it.
     
  7. twolilfishies

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    Paul Hughes is working hard towards getting those green spaces growing!
    You sound like you would get along well at his calgary food coucil meetings!:2thumb:
    I have thought about the growing in unused spaces for years...Just planting without asking is more my style though:)
    Once I did plant some seeds in a downtown planter but someone found them before they budded ...:p