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Living Locally

Grow your own organic food with help from Greengate Garden Centre

May 19, 2016

The local food movement is steadily growing in popularity, with the rise of the “100-mile diet” and going back to basics by living off the land.

Whether you’re looking to make your own foray into this movement or just trying to up your current gardening game, look no further than Greengate Garden Centre. They specialize in the Calgary climate and micro climates, so that you can be successful with your gardening efforts.

The following are just a few examples of how they can get you started:

Locally made, upcycled planter beds from leftover pieces of wood for pallets will give your garden added sustainability.
Organic soil and fertilizer, including Hop Compost – made locally with scraps from Calgary’s finest restaurants, will ensure your plants get the best possible nutrients.
You can’t have a garden without plants! Greengate Garden Centre offers certified-organic seedlings and only non-GMO seeds, and several species native to Alberta.
Can’t tell a spade from a hoe? Drop by the weekly seminar series “Growhow” in the greenhouse Saturday mornings to learn the basics from experts such as Greengate Garden Centre’s manager and resident Horticulturalist John Duncan.
If you can’t make it Saturday mornings, Greengate Garden Centre has experts working every day who can answer your gardening questions. “You’re not going to a ‘garden department’ when you come here,” says Harington Telford, marketing VP.

“Everyone should know how to grow their own food,” says Harington. “It’s so important because you need to know where your food is coming from.”

“The less we rely on corporations to make it for us, the better off we’re going to be.”


Check out the Events page on the Greengate Garden Centre website to learn more about the Growhow series.
Visit Greengate Garden Centre to see how it can meet your gardening needs.
Follow Greengate on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for updates on events, specials, and inspiration!

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For every $1 spent locally, 30 more cents stays in the local economy.

Featured Event

Sustainability for Breakfast: Adapting to climate change

May 27, 2016 - May 27, 2016

St Patrick's Island

We'll meet up for breakfast and presentations along River Walk on the south bank (East Village side), in the plaza at the base of the George C. King Bridge. Our walking tour will take us across the bridge onto St Patrick's Island and back again. This month’s Sustainability for Breakfast topic is adapting to climate change. After the 2013 floods we felt, first hand, the affects of extreme weather events. While there’s no way to avoid a major flood or drought in the future, there are things that we can do collectively as homeowners and business owners to help mitigate and/or adapt to climate change. Join us for breakfast, learning and connecting around the ways in which we can support more green infrastructure (increasing our city’s permeability) so that water has a place to go and we can help recharge our fresh water supply. We’ll explore this resiliency through displays and presentations by Green Calgary and ICE Canada as well as hands-on activities around rain water harvesting, tree planting, depaving and more. This event includes a 30-minute walk to point out examples of green infrastructure on St Patrick's Island for illustrative purposes. Don't forget to bring your travel mugs for drinks! Arrival, breakfast & networking 7:30-8:00 am Presentations 8:00-8:30 am Walk about 8:30-9:00 am Payment is required at the time of your RSVP and is $10 per person. There will be a limited number of spaces at the door for those wishing to pay by Calgary Dollars. Please reserve one of these spaces by posting a comment. Please visit to plan your trip. Pay parking (free until 9:00 am) is available in East Village.
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